Following a week of hard graft running up countless hills in Portugal, it's back to reality when the side return to Harlington.

The start of the new season is just under five weeks away, meaning that the pressure is on Ian Holloway to make sure his squad are ready to go when they host Reading at Loftus Road.

We take a look at the five items on Ollie's to-do list and why it's vital they are addressed before the season.


An obvious one. The acquisition of Josh Scowen is exactly the kind of signing the club needs, but the work can't stop there. QPR will be aiming for five or six first team additions, and Ollie will be aiming to get the majority done before the start of the season. Safe to say Les Ferdinand and Co will be working flat out to ensure the squad is ready to go in a months time.

Trimming the squad

Having a bloated squad is a negative for both squad morale and the wage bill. This means that anyone who is not in realistic contention for a starting spot will either be sold or sent out on loan. With a number of players seemingly deemed surplus to requirements it'll be a priority to get them off the wage bill so that the club can use the money on more appropriate acquisitions.


Ollie has said he wants his team to be versatile. Rather than just being a one trick pony, he has said the key to getting results this season is the ability to adapt and amend their game based on the opposition, and this is something which he will be keen to get cracking on. It'll be interesting to see how quickly the squad can pick up a new style of play, and more importantly, whether it helps the team to pick up some victories.

Squad management

With Holloway assessing his squad to decide who his preferred starting 11 will be, this will undoubtedly result in a number of players being left disappointed or disheartened. This is where Holloway will earn his money as he works to ensure the dressing room remains a harmonious place. Some players may not react too kindly to being left out of the side and this is where he has to make a judgement on whether the player can get his head down to force his way into the team, or whether it's more beneficial to move them on to avoid a potential bad apple spoiling the bunch.

Target setting

Ambitions for the season will already have been discussed, but pre-season is where Ollie will truly assess what he thinks his squad are capable of. He might aim high and target a push for the play-offs, or he could play it safe and target mid-table security; but whatever he decides, his performance will be assessed against these targets so it's vital he gets it right.