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Holloway pays emotional tribute after QPR legend Francis loses both parents

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Ian Holloway has paid tribute to Gerry Francis and the QPR legend’s parents, who both recently died.

Roy and Pauline Francis passed away within days of each other.

Rangers manager Holloway, who played under the Chiswick-born Francis at Bristol Rovers before joining him at Loftus Road in 1991, said: “I went to a funeral this week. My mentor Gerry Francis lost his mum and his dad within a week.

“It was an absolute privilege to be there. QPR everywhere: Phil Parkes, Ian Gillard, Frank Sibley.

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“I just want to say that as a QPR person it was an honour to have known them. They were very special people.

“Gerry, you did them proud and they did you proud as well.”

Ex-QPR players Gavin Peacock and Lee Harper posted on Twitter to express their sympathy for the former England captain, who had two spells in charge at Rangers and is regarded as one of the club’s greatest-ever players.

Peacock, who said he had spoken to his former boss, described him as “a great leader, manager, coach and counsellor – and above all, a family man.”