QPR have appointed Ian Holloway as the club’s new manager.
The 53-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year contract at Loftus Road, returning to the club he served as both a player and a manager with great distinction.
Holloway, of course, played for five years in W12, before spending five years as manager, leading QPR from League One to the Championship in 2004.
He has since enjoyed promotions from the Championship to the Premier League with both Blackpool in 2010 and Crystal Palace just three years ago.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, he expressed his excitement and pride about returning to ‘his club’, over 10 years on from his last spell as Rangers boss.
“I feel honoured, privileged and proud,” said Holloway, “It's a huge moment for me and I am delighted to be back here.
“I feel this is the right time for me. I feel like I'm back home now and I can't wait to get started.”
He added: “I care deeply for this football club and I want to help Les, Lee and our wonderful owners create something we can all be proud of.
“Does anyone know this club better than me? Probably not. Has it changed much? Maybe. But I know what it means to everyone out there.
“People would die for this club – and I want our players to show that in their performance, and our fans to show them that they care about the players as much as I will do as their manager.
“My job is to try and help this squad improve and create an environment that the players can succeed in, especially at Loftus Road, where the fans love to see players express themselves.
“I want to try and galvanise this squad and make my owners smile. Hopefully this is the start of something here.”
Director of Football, Les Ferdinand, welcomed Holloway’s arrival, commenting: “It’s an exciting appointment for the football club and one I am sure the supporters will fully embrace.
“Ian is QPR through and through and knows both what it takes and what it means to manage this club.
“He knows the club inside-out, but more importantly than that, he knows the Championship inside-out. He’s managed hundreds of games at this level and has enjoyed great success too.
“We’re absolutely delighted to have him on board.”
A further announcement regarding Holloway’s backroom staff will be made in due course.
In the meantime, welcome back, Ollie!