Vine calls for patience
QPR striker Rowan Vine believes manager Paulo Sousa should be given time to transform the Hoops.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 25/03/09 8:10pm
Queens Park Rangers striker Rowan Vine believes manager Paulo Sousa should be given time to transform the Hoops into a side capable of competing in the Premier League.
The Hoops still have a chance of getting into the play-offs this season, as they currently sit seven points away from the top six and Vine believes that their recent victories over fellow play-off chasing Swansea and Bristol City have proved that Sousa is the right man for the job.
"I think it is hugely important that Paolo is given time over the summer to form the foundations for a promotion push, as he was handed a tough task when he took over earlier this season," Vine told skysports.com.
"He took over just before the Christmas period, which is always a tricky time of year, and he had to hit the ground running really.
"He was trying to put his ideas across to the players, but it is difficult to do that quickly when there is a game every Saturday and Tuesday.
"The summer will allow him to really put his ideas in motion and we have already seen the benefits that he has given the players with the recent results.
"I really hope that Paolo is given the time that is needed for us to have a real good crack at getting into the Premier League next season."
The Hoops have had three different men at the helm this season, as Iain Dowie was replaced by Souza, with Gareth Ainsworth acting as caretaker in between, and Vine insists these changes may have cost them a play-off place this season.
"There have been a lot of changes this season and we have had three different managers, including a caretaker, as well, and there are still new signings coming in nearly every week, so I don't think that sort of instability has helped our cause this season.
"Success doesn't come over night and I think anything better than our 14th place finish last season should be seen as progress.
"I think the manner in which we finish the season will judge whether we have done well this season, as a strong finish would give us a top ten place in the table and something to build on next season."