John Eustace admits QPR have seven games to save their Championship status, starting away to leaders Norwich City this weekend.

Former Coventry and Watford midfielder Eustace took over as caretaker manager with the Rs following Steve McClaren’s sacking this week.

And with QPR just eight points clear of the bottom three, and without a win since late February, Eustace is under no illusions as to the task that awaits them, starting at Carrow Road against the high-flying Canaries.

He said: “We have had some really disappointing results of late and the most important thing now is making sure everyone is focused and determined to get enough points to make sure we stay in this league.

“The first point I made to the players is that they are in a relegation battle, and they know that. We have got seven tough games and we need to be competitive in every one of them.

“The attitude of the lads has been fantastic.

“There has been a real focus there and they are determined to get the points we need to make sure we stay in the league.

“They are a good, honest bunch and I am sure they are hurting as well right now.

“The most important thing is that as an entire club we work hard, support each other and get the points we need. The staff, the players and the fans all have a big role to play between now and the end of the season.”

Eustace joined QPR to work under McClaren, having previously worked at Kidderminster Harriers.

And he admitted it was tough to step into the shoes of his mentor, if only on a temporary basis.

He added: “I came here to learn from him.

“He’s a fantastic manager and a really good coach, so to work with him and learn off him was the next stage of my development.

“I have got a great deal of respect for him and his departure was a big shock but that’s football and I am here now to help the club.

“For as long as the club need me in this role, the lads will be ready and prepared. They will be committed and wanting to fight for the club.”