QPR slumped to their fourth straight league defeat yesterday when Bristol defeated them 3-0 at Loftus Road. They are without a point at the bottom of the Championship table, with their only win this season coming against League One side Peterborough in the League Cup.
These are facts that manager Steve McClaren will know and admit are not promising. After being appointed in May to the London club, the former England manager would have had high hopes, as would the fans, but that hope has quickly turned into despair.
After a fairly dismal summer in terms of recruiting new blood into the team, McClaren’s tenure has gone from bad to worse. Given the history of QPR, and they way they chop and change their managers, McClaren will be all too aware that he may need to get a result this Saturday to keep his job.
Since 2006, QPR have had 22 managers, 17 of which have not lasted more than a year (including McClaren). This is a statistic that McClaren will not want to look at. To make matters worse, with a 20% win rate, there a plenty of managers at Loftus Road that have lost their job with a far better win rate.
QPR clearly aren’t a patient club. Whether their lack of patience is a reason why their are struggling so much is a different matter, but McClaren would be foolish to think that he would be able to buck the trend.
When The Rs host newly promoted Wigan on Saturday, McClaren will know the likelihood is that only a win will do. Unfortunately, his side look bereft of ideas; they haven’t just lost their last two league matches, they have been destroyed. A 7-1 massacre against West Brom sums up how poor they have been.
It looks very unlikely that QPR will be able to pull anything out of the bag this Saturday. Deep down McClaren may know that, and he’ll know he’ll soon be out the door.