'What goes around, comes around': Ian Holloway offers instant reaction Steve McClaren's QPR sacking

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Holloway was replaced by McClaren as Queens Park Rangers manager last summer.

Ian Holloway manager

Ian Holloway insisted he is not bitter about his Queens Park Rangers exit after the man who 'took his job' was sacked on Monday.

Holloway was a guest on Jim White's Talksport show as news of Steve McClaren's dismissal broke.

However, when asked for his reaction the Bristolian failed to hold back.

"Well, he took my job, didn't he? I had another year - I'm still being paid by them now," he said.

"It is what it is. Whether he was told by the club what the club would have to do, whether he knew that we'd have to be cutting back like I was doing - I don't know. All I know is he was talking to the chairman while I was still in the job, telling the chairman what he thinks he should do and obviously he hasn't been able to do it, so...


"I felt that way because I had another year to go and I wanted to carry on the good work I was doing. But listen, football is football. You can't ever make someone want you, can you? If he was someone who was wanted by the club they haven't stuck by him and that's the way football goes these days. Someone will be waiting to take his place and good luck to them because it's a wonderful, wonderful football club.

"Am I a bit warped and twisted? Possibly. But I didn't mean it in a nasty way. It's life. Sometimes what goes around, comes around.

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"All I can say is where are the young lads I was told to bring through and that's what we were doing. I had Chris Ramsey helping me, I was going to move it forward. Really, if you've got to cut your cloth accordingly then you've got to produce some of your own. Eze Ebere he hasn't been playing, Ryan Manning was lent out on loan."

Asked if he would consider a return to Loftus Road, Holloway said: "Depends who's called me. I didn't think Les (Ferdinand, the QPR director of football) wanted me to go."

Les Ferdinand is seen prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play off semi final 1st leg match between Fulham and Reading at Craven Cottage on May 13, 2017 in London, England.

Holloway led QPR to 18th- and 16th-placed finishes in his second spell in charge of QPR, which lasted 18 months.

And it is in 17th position that McClaren leaves the R's, despite having the west London side on course for a play-off berth earlier in the campaign.

Tim Sherwood, Mark Warburton, Gareth Ainsworth and Gary Rowett are among the early favourites to succeed McClaren, the former England manager.

Ainsworth, who played for QPR, is the only one of those currently employed as a boss.

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