There is hope for us all, with Steve McClaren somehow landing another management role.

Despite being a disaster at Newcastle United and Derby County (twice), amongst others, in recent times, the Wally with the Brolly as been taken on by QPR.

Les Ferdinand declaring Steve McClaren ‘has a fantastic reputation in the game.’


Just like Alan Pardew, John Carver, and others, Steve McClaren is further proof that if you hang around long enough, somebody will give you yet another chance.

QPR Official Statement:

QPR have appointed Steve McClaren as the club’s new manager. The 57-year-old has agreed a two-year contract at Loftus Road.

McClaren previously worked with QPR as a first-team coach between July and September 2013, setting the foundations in place for what proved to be a successful season for the club.

The R’s went on to achieve promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs, overcoming McClaren’s Derby County in the final at Wembley.

Steve McClaren:

“It’s great to be back – and it’s a challenge that I’m excited by.

“I must admit that I’ve followed the club closely over the last five years, because of the three months I had here. From the outside, I’ve seen the progress, work and changes that have gone on – especially over the last two years – in streamlining the squad and getting the budget down. The Board and owners deserve credit for that

“The introduction of younger players has been a breath of fresh air and it’s exciting for the future.

“I like to play attractive, attacking football – and we’ve got young, hungry footballers here who can play that way.

“The priority is to win football matches – but we want to win them in a certain style.”

Director of Football Les Ferdinand added:

“We are delighted to bring Steve to the club.

“He has a fantastic reputation in the game for coaching and developing players.

When you look at the average age of our squad, and the exciting young talent starting to emerge, he is the perfect fit for us.

“We want Steve to use his expertise and experience to help our players grow.

“We are delighted with this appointment and, speaking with Steve, I know how excited he is to be here and how determined he is to be a success.”

A further announcement regarding McClaren’s backroom staff will be made in due course.

  • PercyArcade

    Bliddy hell Les, talk about “one born every minute “

  • Paul Patterson

    Quick, Please Replace!

  • Rich Lawson

    And before the end of next season,”The board would like to thank Steve and his staff for all their professionalism and undoubted effort over a difficult period of transition but the current league position leaves us no choice but to seek a fresh pair of hands to avoid relegation”

    • Jezza

      Before the end of October more like.

    • Big Al 1967

      Will be spending Christmas at home.

  • Peaky


  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    so they;ll be joining Sunderland in league one after next season then…

  • QPR4Me

    If it works out, all well and good. However, if it doesn’t, will we finally see the end of the DoF role and the end of Les Ferdinand in a position that I, for one, have no idea what his qualifications are. The man scored lots of great goals for QPR, NUFC and Spurs but what are his actual qualifications? The game is littered with the corpse of former great players who couldn’t manage their way out of a paper bag, let alone be able to spell correctly enough for an administration job!

    • Ram Kishore

      All of football is mostly based on favouritism and collusion..Among the so called big names

      • QPR4Me

        know that Ram, however, I will give SMC a chance. My main gripe is with a DoF who is not qualified for the job. If McClaren improves the club, I’ll be happy. If he fails and Ferdinand has to go as a consequence of that failure, I ‘ll be almost equally as happy as the position of DoF is a joke for a club like QPR and Ferdinand is completely unqualified for the job!

    • Steven05

      Good luck mate, I don’t think you’ll be happy with this appointment

    • Guest 2

      Les Ferdinand, Spurs coach 2008 – 2014 and with a pro license. PFA Club Governance course. Boardroom Director qualified (backed by FA and PFA).
      He’s also a qualified helicopter pilot.
      Seems he’s well qualified for football Directorship, mate. ;-)

      • QPR4Me

        Guest 2: He left Spurs having achieved nothing as a coach, he left NUFC having achieved nothing as a coach. Her’s not coaching at QPR. He’s not a director at QPR, as such, more an administrator employed by the club with a fancy title. I can make fishing flies from nothing but feathers, hair and thread, that doesn’t qualify me to direct traffic, let alone a business.

        • Guest 2

          You never asked what he achieved. You asked what qualifications he had.
          If you think he’s qualified or not to be ‘Head of Football Operations’ is your issue.
          Tell you something, I’d rather have him than Dennis F’n Wise!

          • QPR4Me

            Point taken, and fully agree with your last sentence. However, I will remain with my position. IMO, he’s only in the job due to his previous connection with the club. I have always hated “DoF”s, they just represent another layer of bureaucracy, that is usually not required in an efficiently run business/organisation.

  • Weyhhadaway

    Get the “i told you so” comments ready for November.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose


  • Paul Cannell

    The good news is, if Rafa does go we wont get this fraud again.

    • Jezza

      I wouldn’t be so sure. He’ll probably be sacked by QPR by October.

    • Blackburn1066

      What do you mean ” if Raffa goes, he has one foot out the door now ” ?

      • Paul Cannell


  • ghostrider

    McClaren might do a sterling job at Q.P.R or he might do an average job or a bad job.
    It’s hard to tell in thi9s day and age of managers.
    It’s about getting in the right players that suits.
    At Newcastle he didn’t and suffered for it.
    I couldn’t wait to get rid of him but that doesn’t mean he won’t do ok somewhere else.

    • Albert Stubbins

      All three outcomes are probable but if past performance is a indicator of what schteeeeevvvvveeee is capable of then there is of course just one outcome. Failure!!

      • ghostrider

        Only time will tell on any of it.

  • Alreet

    Another of our has been gaffers getting another job. Immidiately we all feel sorry for the other fans.

    Its almost like we know where its going to end. If he survives 6 months id be suprised.

    Get ready QPR for the lame duck excuses and the nervous smirk and laugh in the face of defeat.

    • Peaky

      And the cleared out off licenses……

  • Albert Stubbins