Holloway appointed QPR boss

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Former Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has returned to management by being appointed manager of QPR.

The 53-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year contract at Loftus Road, returning to the club where he served previously as both a player and a manager.

Holloway spent five years as a player with QPR before spending a further five years as manager, leading the club from League One to the Championship in 2004.

He has since enjoyed promotions from the Championship to the Premier League with both Blackpool in 2010 and Crystal Palace just three years ago.

He said: “I feel honoured, privileged and proud. It's a huge moment for me and I am delighted to be back here.

“I feel this is the right time for me. I feel like I'm back home now and I can't wait to get started.”

“I care deeply for this football club and I want to help Les, Lee and our wonderful owners create something we can all be proud of.

“Does anyone know this club better than me? Probably not. Has it changed much? Maybe. But I know what it means to everyone out there.

“People would die for this club – and I want our players to show that in their performance, and our fans to show them that they care about the players as much as I will do as their manager.

“My job is to try and help this squad improve and create an environment that the players can succeed in, especially at Loftus Road, where the fans love to see players express themselves.

“I want to try and galvanise this squad and make my owners smile. Hopefully this is the start of something here.”