Published: v Swansea, 13th April 2019
A potpourri of trivia, memory-triggers and challenges.
Over And Out
...for Steve McClaren, that is - the club calling time on his spell as manager, which (should you need reminding) didn’t even last a full season. Here’s our take on a move that was unexpected but far from surprising.
Birmingham City have been deducted nine points for breaching FFP rules. Simon Dorset looks at how that punishment was calculated - and explains why QPR were heavily fined and hit with transfer embargo rather than also having points taken off us.
Vox Pop: Blame Culture
As the search for a new manager continues, what of Steve McClaren? Was his sacking warranted? Or should he have been given longer? And where to next for QPR? Conducted before the crushing defeat at Norwich, as always we ask the questions and various Rangers fans offer up their views.
Hiring And Firing
Still on the subject of Steve McClaren’s departure from Loftus Road, Ray Eaton looks back on his spell as a manager and unapologetically compares McClaren’s legacy with that of his predecessor.
Runners & Riders
Editor Dave Thomas sets out who he thinks should be in line to replace Steve McClaren, and why.
In Memoriam: Clive Kingham
John O’Mahony pays tribute to a long-standing and well-liked QPR fan, sadly no longer with us.
Vale Park Miracle
Recently, Rangers almost came back from 4-0 down to earn an unlikely draw against Birmingham. In the mid-90s they did exactly that - against Port Vale. Ray Eaton looks back on that memorable result.
Difficult to know who felt the bigger fool at the City Ground in December - Jack Robinson or John Leighton?
A Selective Perspective
Thomas Madden reflects on how he was first introduced to the Hoops, and how he is now, in turn, doing the same.
Rod Linn is happy to see Andy Sinton back at Loftus Road and enjoying the cut of his jib.
A round-up of recent games, together with our ratings and other stats.
Young At Heart
Keith Young rounds off his memories of 50 years and counting as a QPR fan.
Also on sale: v Blackburn, 19th April 2019
v Derby, 22nd April 2019, and following games, as a back issue
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As for Steve McClaren, history will show that he came and he left but he didn’t really achieve much of note in between. He didn’t tangibly fulfil his brief of developing and bringing through young players to any great extent; nor has he left behind him the foundations of a decent team in the making. In fact, some will say QPR went backwards under him.