“Very different”: 26-year-old QPR man delivers a ‘vital’ verdict and discusses the major impact of new boss Marti Cifuentes ahead of Hull City’s clash…

QPR forward Paul Smyth recently provided insights into the impact of new manager Marti Cifuentes, describing him as “very different” from other coaches. The London club appointed Cifuentes, a 41-year-old Spaniard, last month in the aftermath of parting ways with Gareth Ainsworth amid a challenging start to the Championship season.

Having previously managed Hammarby, Cifuentes has swiftly made a positive impression since joining QPR, with Smyth commending his distinctive coaching style. Smyth noted that Cifuentes encourages a unique approach, granting the forward line the freedom to push forward while emphasizing a risk-taking strategy for the defensive line, urging them to play out from the back.

Entering a challenging situation given QPR’s position in the standings, Cifuentes was determined to convey his message of striving for victories. Despite drawing the first two games under the new management, Smyth highlighted Cifuentes’ dissatisfaction with the outcomes, emphasizing the manager’s commitment to instilling a winning mentality within the team.

As QPR faces a busy festive period, including a crucial home clash against Hull City, the squad is reportedly in a confident mood. Hull City, currently in 6th position, seeks redemption after a recent 2-1 loss to Watford. Under Cifuentes, QPR has experienced success in their last two outings against Stoke City and Preston North End, showcasing the swift implementation of the manager’s ideas into the team.

Looking ahead to the January transfer window, Cifuentes may have the opportunity to reshape the squad and further imprint his coaching philosophy on the team. However, for the time being, the manager is focused on utilizing the existing squad to propel QPR out of the relegation zone.

Smyth, who returned to QPR in the summer under former boss Ainsworth, provides additional competition and depth in attacking areas. His goal-scoring contribution in the recent victory against Preston North End underscores the positive impact of Cifuentes’ influence on the team’s performance.

As QPR looks toward a potential turnaround, the newfound confidence and distinct managerial approach could play a pivotal role in their fight against relegation.

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