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Flashback: The QPR game that summarised Steve McClaren’s Loftus Road reign

Flashback: The QPR game that summarised Steve McClaren’s Loftus Road reign

It is fair to say that from a QPR fan’s perspective, Steve McClaren was truly an uninspiring appointment.

McClaren succeeded Ian Holloway in the Loftus Road dugout last year, and it quickly became apparent that his hiring was probably not one of Tony Fernandes’ best decisions.

Early into this season, the west London club were hammered 7-1 at the hands of West Brom, which led to supporters firing shots left, right and centre at McClaren and co.

There was a period that followed where it had looked like McClaren had turned things around.

But in the end, it was not something the former England boss could maintain after watching QPR drop close to the relegation zone before being sacked last month.

Ultimately, that 7-1 defeat at the Hawthorns where the likes of Matt Phillips and Jay Rodriguez ran riot, epitomised McClaren’s short reign at Loftus Road. Under the ex-Newcastle United manager, QPR simply became too easy to beat.

Should McClaren shoulder all of the blame, though, for the Rs’ very disappointing season? Probably not.

The players underperformed, while the whole ordeal surrounding Financial Fair Play crippled the Championship outfit in last summer’s transfer window.

But in this sport, the buck stops with the manager who, alongside Fernandes and the rest of the Loftus Road hierarchy, is guilty for the miserable campaign QPR supporters have had to endure.

Now with Mark Warburton running the show, those very same supporters will be praying they never see another day like 18th August 2018 ever again.

QPR fans, what was going through your minds during that 7-1 loss? Let us know by commenting below! 

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