I'm very disappointed and sad to see Holloway go (again).
With no emotion in it I think he came in when we were in a bad spot; steadied the ship while also working within financial restrictions; and had the team and players showing improvement in the season just ended from the year before. For me that would have been enough to give him another year, but I respect that others might think differently.
I think Steve
is a nice bloke and an excellent coach, but for me his track record shows he falls down in the top job as manager. I think its a poor decision to give him another chance in a top job, but we will see if it is him an dhow he goes. It might be that those running the club want to move away from the traditional manager figure to having a more interchangeable head coach in a strong framework, but my assessment would be that we are a long way from having the infrastructure to be able to do that - especially given our current financial restrictions.
I would also add that I don't think
is a good enough option to sack Holloway for: if the club were not convinced by Holloway in the long term I would have given him next season and then not renewed his contract. I am convinced Holloway would have kept us up next season, and with what we've got I'm not sure any manager would get us in the play-offs: so why cause all the upheaval?
We all have different opinions on managers, and will like some and not others; but in the period that Tony Fernandes and Ruben Gnanalingam have had the controlling interest at QPR (the Mittals have a minority stake so I think it's fair to say are not going to have the final say in decisions, although they might have input) we have gone through:
- Neil Warnock - the manager who has won more EFL promotions than any other
- Mark Hughes - however many hundred EPL games managed with several years of international coaching experience
- Harry Redknapp - years of experience, multiple promotions and an FA Cup win
- Chris Ramsay - highly respected coach with lots of experience
- Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - when we appointed him one of the most well considered young coaches in the game
- Ian Holloway - has achieved three promotions in the past, a specialist on operating with limited resources and knows the club inside out
Of those I think Redknapp is the only manager we could say might have been at the end of his career when he left us (but never say never); and both Warnock and Hughes have left us to be very successful. Ramsay might not take a manager's job again, but is still considered an excellent coach.
For me the fact that the TF/RG Board has not been able to make it work with a manager for any period of time having had access to that pool of talent/experience says the problem is more with them than the manager (and at least one of the managers listed above I detest). If we appoint a coach with a League Cup win, a Dutch title win and several year international coaching experience and it still does not work, then I would suggest they are out of excuses. Personally I already have no faith in them, but that is only my assessment.