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Former QPR manager Ian Holloway has no sympathy for sacked successor Steve McClaren and compared losing the job to having his children taken away.

Ex-England manager McClaren took over from Holloway in May 2018 on a two-year deal but was dismissed yesterday after 11 months in charge, with the club 17th in the Championship and only eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Holloway told talkSPORT: "He took my job. I still had another year left at the club. I'm still being paid by them now. "He was talking to the chairman while I was in the job saying what he'd do. He hasn't been able to do that.

"What goes around comes around." Holloway continued: "He had my babies and took my kids. It means the world to me.

"I felt I was in the best position to do that job. The owners made their choice and that's football at the end of the day."

On whether he could return, Holloway commented: "Would I go back? It depends who calls me. Les (Ferdinand, director of football) didn't want me to go."

McClaren oversaw 46 games in charge at Loftus Road, of which his side lost 21, including eight of the last 11. They have won only one league game since St Stephen's Day.

Tim Sherwood is among the names rumoured to be in contention to replace McClaren.