The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Tom Black­ett

HIS side were hum­bled 6-0 by ram­pant New­cas­tle in the Cham­pi­onship on Tues­day night, but Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink still has the sup­port of the pow­er­sto-be at QPR.

For­mer Bur­ton Al­bion boss Has­sel­baink ad­mit­ted he was ‘hurt’ by the loss and that the dis­play hadn’t been ‘ac­cept­able’.

There will be calls for his head fol­low­ing the Lof­tus Road shocker, but R’s direc­tor of foot­ball Les Fer­di­nand has publicly backed the 44-year-old for­mer Dutch striker, who was ap­pointed man­ager last De­cem­ber and has had to adapt to the club’s tighter fi­nan­cial frame­work.

Fer­di­nand said: “Jimmy has been with us for less than a year and what we are try­ing to do is cre­ate some sta­bil­ity at the club.

“We have had some bad re­sults, but we have had some good ones as well. This is a case of peo­ple jump­ing on the band­wagon.”

West Brom man­ager Tony Pulis sat next to Fer­di­nand at the match, but the for­mer New­cas­tle striker rub­bished ru­mours he was be­ing lined up to re­place Has­sel­baink.

Has­sel­baink ad­mit­ted: “We were very poor, New­cas­tle were very good. They made us look a very poor side. We couldn’t get close to them.”

SUP­PORT: Les Fer­di­nand

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