QPR manager Ian Holloway admitted a sense of relief after his team’s Championship status for next season was confirmed – and promised a summer of rebuilding.
Second-half goals from Conor Washington and Joel Lynch gave Rangers a 2-0 victory over fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest at Loftus Road and finally removed the threat of relegation.
“It’s a relief for everybody, but the job starts now,” Holloway said.
“It (possible relegation) has been on everybody’s mind, including the supporters.
“I’m delighted with the lads. They needed the fans and the fans were absolutely brilliant – they must have felt nervous but it didn’t transmit to my team.”
Wins for Birmingham and Blackburn mean Rangers would have gone to Norwich on the final day of the season in serious danger of relegation had they not ended their six-game losing run.
Holloway said: “I didn’t want to go to Norwich needing a point or three. I’m really pleased we’ve got over the line.
“I can’t wait to have the summer and a pre-season. Mine are absolutely ruthless. They need to be fit and they’ll have a chance to develop a way of playing.
“Are we going to spend masses of money? No. And I wouldn’t want to do that anyway. But we will be moving the club forward.
“I know I haven’t won enough games. But no-one wants it more than me and I want this club to move forward.”