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Mackie: The boys can't wait to play for Ollie

JAMIE Mackie says he and his QPR team-mates can’t wait to play for new manager Ian Holloway.

Ollie’s return to Loftus Road was confirmed on Friday, and the popular figure wasted no time in living up to his reputation for doing things a little differently.

On their first day of training under their new gaffer, the QPR squad were treated to an afternoon viewing of movie ‘Coach Carter’ at the Harlington training ground on Monday.

“He said at the start of the meeting that it might be a bit unconventional, but he got all the staff and players in the canteen to watch it,” Mackie revealed.

“It’s about a basketball team in America who come together and do well, the coach brings them together as a group to succeed, and that’s the sort of message it gets across.

“It might be a bit unconventional, but he’s a great character and he has already given the place a huge lift. Everyone can’t wait to get going now.”

Despite working with his new boss less than a week, Mackie is already able to cast judgement on Holloway’s character.

“He is more lively than any of the players!” he said. “He welcomes banter and has got more than a few comebacks!

“He loves that aspect of it, and you can see in his face that he has missed being around a football training ground day to day.

“He is a breath of fresh air and all the boys can’t wait to play for him – that’s the type of enthusiasm he brings with him.”

Holloway has made little secret of his desire to get his QPR team playing attacking football, and that’s something which excites Mackie, who is currently working his way back to fitness following an ankle injury.

“One of the areas that needed addressing was scoring goals,” said the former Plymouth and Reading man.

“At Loftus Road, the fans want to see attacking football, they want us to be on the front foot and exciting to watch – hopefully that’s what we are going to be.”

Mackie enjoyed some of his best days as a player during his previous stint at Loftus Road under Neil Warnock, and the 31 year-old says there are comparisons which can be made between the now-Cardiff boss and Holloway.

“There are definitely similarities in terms of their man-management and bringing the lads together,” he said.

“I have worked with so many different managers and they all have different ideas to try and achieve the same goal. Personally, I am really looking forward to working with Ian Holloway, who brings energy and enthusiasm to the place.”

Mackie is yet to feature this season owing to injury, but he is now nearing a return and is typically eager to get back out on the football pitch.

“I have started training and will be getting out soon for full training,” he said.

“It’s been a long slog – I am desperate to get out there and play games.”

He (Ian Holloway) is more lively than any of the players!

Jamie Mackie