There was a renewed optimism buzzing around Loftus Road when the then-Burton Albion manager and former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was announced as the club’s new manager.
Hasselbaink had kicked a solid Burton Albion side, led by the now Birmingham City manager, Gary Rowett, right up into fifth gear, leading them to their first ever promotion to League One and building a team that would go on to do the unthinkable, winning promotion to the Championship.
A promising young manager with contacts all over the world of football was an exciting prospect to have on board for QPR fans.
But things have not gone quite to plan. Despite vast financial investment over the last couple of years, and a host of high profile managerial appointments such as Mark Hughes, Neil Warnock and Harry Redknapp, the London club continue to struggle and things don’t appear to be improving greatly under Hasselbaink, who has now been in charge at Loftus Road now for 10 months.
Though Chairman Tony Fernandes has continued to invest money into the club, Queens Park Rangers still seem to be stuck suffering from the same old problems. Not enough goals up front, sloppy goals conceded at the back and the lack of a really talented play-maker have left Hoops fans feeling stale. So where should the club go from here?
One of Tony Fernandes’ biggest qualities as a chairman is his acceptance to learn from past mistakes. Hopping on the managerial carousel while the club were in the Premier League destabilised the club on both occasions, but Fernandes has seemingly learnt from this, offering his backing to Hasselbaink on a number of occasions.
From this, you would think that the Dutchman will be giving the time he needs to start getting things moving in the right direction. But should he be? The past 10 months have shown little sign of improvement, and what is to say anything is going to change? We will leave that one for QPR fans to answer.