Steve McClaren gutted as QPR statement turns out not be an April Fool
It was met with widespread disbelief when Steve McClaren was given yet another chance to get back into English football.
Following failure after failure it looked like his time was surely up, only for QPR to give him a route back into the English game in May 2018.
The West London club protected themselves to an extent, by only giving the former Newcastle manager a two year contract.
Little wonder when you looked at his record over the previous eight years.
Only twice in his last six jobs had Steve McClaren survived beyond 31 matches.
This time he lasted 46 games…
2010-2011 Wolfsburg – 24 games
2011 Nottingham Forest – 13 games
2012-2013 FC Twente – 63 games
2013-2015 Derby – 95 games
2015-2016 Newcastle United – 31 games
2016-2017 Derby – 29 games
2018-2019 QPR – 46 games
Official QPR statement:
Steve McClaren has left QPR with immediate effect.
McClaren came to Loftus Road as manager last summer and during his time in charge oversaw 46 fixtures, winning 16, drawing nine and losing 21.
CEO Lee Hoos said: “
“Making a decision such as this is never easy, particularly when you are talking about someone as professional and dedicated as Steve.
“We are grateful to him for all his efforts during his time with us. It is well documented that we are in a period of transition as we work hard to make the club financially stable. With that comes challenges, not least the cutting of the wage bill while aiming to remain competitive.
“As we look to the future, and taking recent results into account, we feel now is the right time to re-evaluate where we are.”
Director of Football Les Ferdinand added:
“Steve has worked incredibly hard during his time with us but as we start to make plans for next year we feel this change is necessary now, rather than wait until the end of the season, or risk having to make such a decision early in the new campaign.”
Chairman Amit Bhatia said:
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Steve for his hard work during his time with us, and wish him well for the future.
“I would also like to thank our fans for their patience and unwavering support during what has been a very difficult run of results, at a time when the club faces well-documented challenges.
“We must now work towards ending this season positively and building for the future.”
John Eustace will take over first-team affairs in the interim period while the search for a new manager begins.
The club will be making no further comment at this time.’
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