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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2006, 10:48 GMT 11:48 UK
Waddock wants to build for future
By Chris Bevan

QPR caretaker boss Gary Waddock
The Ian Holloway situation needs to be resolved so the club can move forward - that is the most important thing, not any one individual
Gary Waddock
QPR caretaker boss Gary Waddock is desperate to be given the chance to put together his own side at Loftus Road.

The 44-year-old has been in temporary charge since Ian Holloway was put on gardening leave on 6 February.

He has won only one game since then but told BBC Sport: "I want to be judged on my team, not somebody else's.

"I want to build my own team and play the style I want to play. I will bring in a better quality of player if I am appointed permanently.

He added: "I have inherited a group of players that Ian has put together.

"Some of these players have played a certain system for four or five years and I have publicly stated I want to change to a passing game.

"I was brought up that way at QPR and I know the sort of player who has been at the club before. I also know what sort of player the fans are looking for.

"That is no criticism of Ian Holloway and his style of play or the success he had as a manager here. It's just I don't want to copy that - I have my own ideas.

"I've been able to put them into place in training but people don't see that side of it. They only see the team that you pick on a Saturday and you are judged on that.

"At the moment we are not getting the results or the performances that the club demands.

"But the players that are out there are not ones that I have brought to the club. I am not shifting all the blame here - I have a responsibility also - but hopefully I will get my chance.

"I am just starting out as a manager and I want to be a success at it."

Rangers are on a run of three successive Championship defeats and Waddock admits that in many ways the end of the season cannot come quickly enough.

"It is hard at the moment," he said. "We are in an awkward situation and the club is in limbo.

I have done the job on what I look at as a game-to-game basis so far but in recent weeks I am looking longer term
Gary Waddock

"The Ian Holloway situation needs to be resolved so the club can move forward - that is the most important thing, not any one individual.

"I have no idea when it will be resolved though.

"I have done the job on what I look at as a game-to-game basis so far but in recent weeks I am looking longer term and trying to think about a squad that can take the club forward.

"Someone has to plan for the future - and in the role I am in, even as caretaker, that someone is me and the chairman so I do have to look along those lines."

With four games left Rangers have slipped owards the wrong end of the Championship table but are not in any danger of the drop.

Waddock is determined that his players do not take their foot off the pedal in the run-in - and does not want this campaign to simply peter out.

He stated: "There is still plenty to play for. The players have to be professional and keep performing for the club and for the fans who are paying good money to watch us.

"They are also playing for their futures.

"We want to finish as high as we can in the table and, more than anything else, it would be nice to finish the season on a high."


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