Q&A With Queens Park Rangers

  • February 19, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Mike Lewis, editor of QPR Reports, shares the Queens Park Rangers view on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Neil Lennon and gives a surprising score prediction.

Bolton welcome Rangers to Macron Stadium on Saturday on the back of a 3-2 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion last Saturday, while the Rs were beaten 3-1 on home soil by Fulham.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have got the views of Mike (@QPRReport).

Q: After guiding Burton Albion to success, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's appointment as QPR boss was met with intrigue. He's struggled to turn around the R's struggling form, however, with just two wins from his 13 games in charge so far. Is it too early to suggest he is struggling to adapt to Championship level, or is it likely to be next season before we see the full effect of his management?

A: Obviously, the results are troubling but it is probably too early to make an assessment. These aren't 'his' players - although some managers are, of course, able to come into a club and transform it.

Some of our 'bigger' players have moved on, especially Charlie Austin, and the fact remains that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is a neophyte manager, with just a season plus at Burton Albion before coming to QPR. So who knows how good he really is in practice, as opposed to interviews?

QPR have churned through managers over the past few years, so it is to be hoped that JFH is given time by the board, and resistant to any fan pressures.

Q: Charlie Austin recently brought an end to a two-and-a-half year spell at Loftus Road, by completing a £4million transfer to Southampton. Despite missing a huge chunk of the campaign to injury, he still contributed 10 goals from just 16 outings. Is there anybody in your squad capable of replacing the goals he provided and, regardless of that, who is likely to provide the biggest threat to Wanderers at the weekend?

A: In the QPR squad, Charlie Austin was sui generis! It will have to be team effort to make up for his goals.

We signed Conor Washington as a replacement and our summer signing Sebastian Polter has recently scored some goals.

Q: This season's reverse meeting saw Bolton lead 2-0 inside 11 minutes, before ultimately going on to lose the game 4-3 - courtesy of a stoppage-time winner from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Which visiting players were you impressed with that afternoon and do you expect any of those to have the same impact this time around?

A: In honesty, I can't say. Perhaps you'll get the 'New Owner Bounce'.

Q: With Wanderers' financial problems well documented and relegation into League One looking likely, is there anybody in our squad that you would like to see head to the capital over the summer?

A: Well we did want Tim Ream, who made the terrible mistake of choosing Fulham instead. Perhaps Zach Clough?

Q: Neil Lennon continues to oversee the Trotters' struggles on the field, at a time when many others would have thrown in the towel. Money issues aside, do you think Bolton have a squad capable of avoiding relegation or can the manager use the off-field situation as reasonable defence for his poor record?

A: I think quite a few clubs have sadly had to go through this experience: It's character building.

Hopefully it won't be QPR's turn (again).

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Saturday's game?

A: Bolton 4-1 Queens Park Rangers.

Q: Do you have anything extra to add?

A: Let me wish Bolton and their fans all the luck in the world with your off-the-field ownership and debt  issues. I haven't been following it too closely, but it seems to have crept up so suddenly.

When getting your new owners, which I read might in the next day or two; whoever they are, remember the  expression 'There's no free lunch' and bad owners can - even with the best of motives - exert a terrible impact upon a club.

I remember some horrific defeats to Bolton over the years, including in 1969/70 a 6-4 loss at Bolton and then, that same season, a 0-4 loss at QPR. And, of course, neither of us need reminding of that horrific season opener just four-and-a-half years ago - a season, ironically, in which we stayed up and Bolton went down.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Mike for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from him on Twitter - @QPRReport.

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