The first job for QPR new boss Ian Holloway is to return smiles to faces of the squad he inherits.

The last days of the reign of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink saw a disparate bunch lose mournfully to Brentford at home in front of a TV audience, and then scrape a draw against Nottingham Forest, at the expense of red-carded Karl Henry.

Get West London learned all was not well at the training ground.

It’s no surprise Rangers went for a larger than life character steeped in man management ready to rejuvenate a team in 17th place.

Who most needs the Ol special brand of effervescence?

Conor Washington

This is what Hasselbaink said about the £2m Northern Ireland striker just days before the manager got the boot.

"Conor needs to get confidence and have that arm around him.

"If we can clear his head and get him just thinking about playing the rest will follow. But then also at times we need to use him a little bit better."

Over to you, Mr Holloway.

'Confidence': Conor Washington shields from Fulham's Denis Odoi

Sandro

Left to rot, or self-imposed exile?

The £40k-a-week ex-Spurs star was dragged out of mothballs for a League Cup win over a Rochdale and defeat to Sunderland in which he scored a total three goals – and the rest is silence.

The Brazilian failed a summer medical switch to Sporting Lisbon, and Hasselbaink made it plain Sandro would drum his heels on the sidelines until January.

But this video of Olly's first training session is revealing.

Is that Sandro smiling along with a whole heap of others?

Check it out.

Is there still hope for the midfielder at Rangers?

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The French winger has not had the best of luck since arriving from Metz.

Injured, unfit, and then bereaved from the death of his father – the France U18 international has yet to get going.

Olly is best suited to lift a player sought first by Rs in the summer in a £1.5m deal, but who ended up arriving almost last.

Ariel Borysiuk and Pawel Wzsolek

Two Poles without a purpose, so far.

OK, Borysiuk was unlucky with injury at the beginning of the season, but neither he nor his compatriot has pulled up trees since.

Wzsolek, 10 appearances, one goal, has been on a Rangers winning side just once – and that was in a fortuitous 2-1 victory against Fulham – and even then was hauled off after 63 minutes.

Borysiuk, nine appearances, three bookings and no goals, looked particularly out of sorts against Brentford as Rs lost 2-0.

Dejected: Pawel Wszolek at the end of the game

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“There are a couple who have been doing their own thing on the training ground, and a bit on the pitch, as well.”

This from an excellent source, and if Ollie gets a sniff of disunity, his sometimes short fuse will see blue touch paper lit accompanied by Bristolian accented phrases like ‘my way or the highway’.

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