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QPR boss McClaren named Manager of the Month

STEVE McClaren has been named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for October.

The scrutiny was sharp in late summer after a poor start, but McClaren quietly trusted his methods and his players to steer Rangers into the top half with an October haul of 13 points from five unbeaten games.

McClaren said: “I have got to say the response of the players has been good, but the main factor we’ve had such a good October was the staff I have got around me.

“It is all about people, it is all about players, it is all about staff and the staff have been absolutely magnificent.

“We could have crumbled after four games, but they stuck together, we all did. Matty Gardiner, John Eustace, Gavin Ward, the Sports Science team behind them, the medics who are keeping the players fit and everybody at this training ground, everybody at the stadium, the supporters are all sticking together.”

George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “QPR have shown the importance of keeping faith in the manager and, after a dreadful start to the season, they have now pushed themselves into the top half of the table.

“Steve made some astute loan signings just before the window closed and that helped him have an unbeaten run of games in October.”


I have got to say the response of the players has been good.

Steve McClaren