Whatever happens at QPR during Ian Holloway's second spell in charge, it won't be for the want of trying on his part.

The 53-year-old, who was in charge of Rangers between 2001 and 2006, returned to Loftus Road last week and is determined to do everything in his power to return the club to the Premier League.

That is going to be a tough ask in itself given the amount of investment in the Championship but, first and foremost, Holloway wants to see a team who puts in 100 per cent.

“It's a tough ask but I believe QPR fans want to see their team care and try and then believe that they'll have a chance of being there one day in the days of Gerry Francis, Stan Bowles when that talented team missed out on goal difference,” he said.

“The game is very different now than it was then. I remember trying to stick up for Chris Wright who was losing £100,000 a week just because he tried to get it right.

“I don't want us to think someone should do that for us if they're going to own our club. I want them to own our club and care.”

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QPR are a club with long established roots in the west London community and Holloway feels that some of them lost a connection with the club during the past few turbulent years and is determined to reconnect with those people.

He explained: “The club is never going to change – it's for the people of around here and it is. That's what it's about and they want to be entertained.

I do too. I want to see skill, flair and hard work and real people. That's where I am.

He added: “For me, the club has galloped forward and I want to bring it back a bit so people who aren't on board, can get back on.”

Rangers fans over the last few years have been crying out to see youth given a chance and Holloway appears keen to give the likes of Darnell Furlong, Michael Doughty and others an opportunity at Loftus Road.

Loan pair: Darnell Furlong (L), Michael Doughty

“We've got wonderful young players here. I can't wait to give them a chance. All I can do is tweak a little thing and be patient,” he revealed.

“If we don't win, I'll be calm. I'll offer them an experience, a calmness and hopefully that might rub off on them.

“I've got to make sure this is the place they're nurtured and all cared for.”

Since Holloway's departure 10 years ago, QPR have lurched in several different directions and the Rangers boss admitted the club's actions hurt him.

He added: Parts of it hurt. Parts of it really did hurt. I can't say which parts as I had a letter from a solicitor and it was such a serious letter my agent said they've got the money to follow that through so I'd shut your face. I might look stupid but I'm not.”

He went on: “I can't tell you that there is nobody happier or any higher in this ether than me at the moment. I could be an astronaut with how I feel.

“Do I want to take it on? Yes I do. Are we on the right lines? Yes. To have the opportunity to add to what we're doing now is so special I can't tell you.”

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