Penrice to stay at QPR under McClaren

Chief scout Gary Penrice is staying at QPR following the club’s recent sacking of Ian Holloway.

West London Sport reports that Penrice has indicated that he wants to remain with the club despite his friend Holloway being dismissed.

He is set to work under Steve McClaren, who taking over as the new manager.  

McClaren is well respected at QPR, having had a brief spell on the coaching staff in 2013 during Harry Redknapp’s time in charge.

He left for the first of two spells in charge at Derby. He has also managed Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, FC Twente and Wolfsburg.

Holloway, who was in his second spell as Rangers boss, had a year left on his contract at Loftus Road.

He succeeded Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in 2016 and this season guided QPR to a 16th-placed finish.

But the west London club’s owners have decided to replace him and hand McClaren a return to management.

Former R’s midfielder Holloway also managed the club between 2001 and 2006. That spell included a promotion to the Championship.

Director of football Les Ferdinand said: “We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Ian for all his efforts.

“His enthusiasm and passion for the club can never be questioned and we are immensely grateful to him for helping us during his time here.

“He will always be welcomed back to Loftus Road with open arms.”

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