QPR co-chairman Tony Fernandes backs Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to take Hoops back to the Premier League

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The club are currently 13 points adrift of the play-off places in the Championship.

Queens Park Rangers co-chairman Tony Fernandes is backing Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to be the man to take the Hoops back to the Premier League, despite the Dutchman's slow start to life at Loftus Road, Sky Sports reports.

Hasselbaink has overseen just two wins from his 14 games in charge. And while Fernandes conceded that the squad probably have too much work to do to move into the promotion picture this season, he insisted that they have the right man at the helm.

"Jimmy is new but I love his enthusiasm. Again, he knows what he wants, he's very forthright. He's very clear. I hope this is the foundation we've been dreaming of for a long, long time," he told Sky Sports.

"We want to be back this season, who wouldn't? We've probably missed the boat this time so I hope in the short term we start playing good football and we start giving players who are going to be here for the long-term game time. Hopefully we'll be competing in the not-too-distant future."

With the Hoops currently 13 points off the Championship's top six, and with two of the sides - Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham - who are well in the play-off mix ahead in their next two games, Rangers will be aware that their slim hopes of moving into the promotion battle will either receive a major boost or be almost completely quashed by the end of the week.

And while the beginning of Hasselbaink's tenure would suggest that they would need a dramatic turnaround in their fortunes if they hoped to move up the table, their most recent form should give them confidence that they are heading in the right direction.

They have lost just once in their last seven games, and if they can continue that run until the end of the campaign, they will have plenty of belief that they can make a better charge for promotion next season.

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