Ian Holloway has declared that watching two QPR youngsters in action and meeting them afterwards left him “buzzing”.
The day after his return for a second spell as Rangers manager was confirmed, Holloway fulfilled his final obligations as a television pundit at Swindon Town’s home game against Charlton.
He saw Michael Doughty and Darnell Furlong, who are on loan at Swindon from the R’s, impress in a 3-0 win for the Robins and then met both players.
“I watched Darnell Furlong and Michael Doughty. I was buzzing! They played so well the both of them,” Holloway said.
“It was like, ‘wow!’. Fantastic. They’re tender but the young one (Doughty) has got 140 games under his belt already.”
Midfielder Doughty, 23, is in his seventh spell out on loan, having started just one league game for QPR.
Right-back Furlong, 21, has caught the eye this season and his father Paul was a key player for Rangers during Holloway’s first spell as boss.
Holloway added: “When I met them afterwards it was just fantastic. And if I can help young Furs after I helped old Furs – it’s just unbelievable.
“Furs (Paul Furlong) got hammered and I stood up for him. I told people to come to my garden and take me on. You’ve got to stand up for your players.”