Can Norwich wipe the smile off of Ian Holloway’s face?

Ian Holloway, left, last faced Alex Neil in March 2015 when Norwich City won 4-1 at Millwall in the

Ian Holloway, left, last faced Alex Neil in March 2015 when Norwich City won 4-1 at Millwall in the Championship. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Ian Holloway, king of the one-, two- and three-or-more-liners, is back at QPR – and comes face to face with the rather more poker-faced boss Alex Neil on Saturday when Norwich City travel to Loftus Road.

It is Holloway's first game in charge of QPR in his second spell as the club's manager and there will plenty of talk of 'new manager bounce'.

Rangers sacked Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink because he just couldn't get a tune out of his players. Holloway was brought in to crack the hip – and crack a few jokes to boot.

Word is that training this week has been madcap stuff, with Holloway a bundle of energy - energy and enthusiasm he is transferring to his players.

You can bet the bookies are not so keen on Norwich's chances at the weekend now Holloway's in charge - although his last two meetings with Norwich weren't exactly a barrel of laughs. On Boxing Day, 2014 he brought his Millwall team to Carrow Road and they were duly thumped 6-1, and when City went into the Lion's den three months later, they won 4-1.

Holloway returns to Loftus Road after 10 years, but clearly hasn't lost his comedic touch.

This was from his first press conference: 'The club has galloped forward and I want to try and bring it back a little bit.

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'If we are a horse, we are not a race horse, we are a horse that is going to try and pull a cart and make sure everybody is on it.

'I don't want to gallop off and look all lovely with shiny shoes on saying 'look at me'.

'That's not what we are. We are an old cob of a fella that is going to drag everybody with us.'

Norwich City will be hoping to wipe the smile off his face on Saturday...