Queens Park Rangers target play-offs ahead of Norwich City clash

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

Queens Park Rangers are setting their sights on a Championship play-off place after changing their manager ahead of the visit of Norwich City to Loftus Road on Saturday.


Ian Holloway has returned to the west London club following the sacking of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during the international break and starts his second spell with Rangers against City.

Having lost just two of Hasselbaink's last eight games in charge, director of football Les Ferdinand feels Holloway has the squad to achieve a top-six finish.

'We're only six points off the top six,' Ferdinand said. 'Can we go up as one of the top two? That's probably a little bit out of our reach, but it was always about whether we could get into the play-offs and perhaps that is why the decision was made with Jimmy.

'We still feel we've got a squad that could get there.'

Holloway played for QPR for five years from 1991 and managed them between 2001 and 2006, winning automatic promotion to the Championship in 2004. He returns to the club having led Blackpool and Crystal Palace to promotion to the Premier League.

The 53-year-old has also moved quickly to make his mark, with David Oldfield and Dirk Heesen leaving their respective roles of assistant manager and first-team coach, and former Rs favourite Marc Bircham returning to his boyhood club as first-team coach.

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'He knows the ins and outs of this football club, he knows what this club demands,' Ferdinand continued, speaking to Sky Sports. 'He knows what the supporters want to see.

'He's very enthusiastic, but more importantly he understands where the club is right now, what we've got and how we're trying to take the club forwards.

'He knows the constraints in terms of the budgets, but he's excited about what he can get out of this bunch of players and for me and the owners that was the most important thing.

'His enthusiasm and the fact he feels he's got unfinished business here is what swung it for us.'