QPR survived relegation on the last day of the last campaign by the skin of their teeth.
Hoops boss Mark Hughes has already brought in a host of new players to try to ensure that the same doesn’t happen in the new campaign.
Rangers have already secured five signings this summer, bringing in Andy Johnson, Ryan Nelsen, Samba Diakite, England keeper Robert Green and Manchester United full-back Fabio on-loan.
They look set to continue adding to their squad with United midfielder Park Ji-Sung set for a move to Loftus Road.
Blackburn youngster Junior Hoilett is also a target. The 22 year-olds contract ran out earlier this summer and Rovers look set to lose the Canadian international. QPR face competition from Tottenham, Everton and German giants Borussia Monchengladbach for Hoilett’s signature.
The signings seem like a signal of intent that the QPR hierarchy don’t want a repeat of last seasons relegation battle.
Hoops boss Mark Hughes has never been a manager who has came in and made a sudden impact on clubs. He has always been a boss who has brought stability to his clubs in the long-term. His impact at QPR wasn’t instant but it was just enough to keep Rangers in the top flight.
I have always rated Hughes as a good solid midtable boss. However I don’t think he is in the top echelons of bosses. I don’t think he will ever be a top level boss but he is capable of managing teams lower than the top ones.
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is ambitious about where he wants his club to be and he has revealed that he is happy with the clubs business so far. He told Sky Sports: “ It shows that we are serious,”
“We have done some good business already – five signings, good business and I think we have been the most active.
“ It’s been sensible business, we have gone step by step and we have made progress on the training ground, the one we are in, and we have got a new one coming, which looks pretty spectacular. We have got a fantastic academy system coming and our new stadium, which really excites me.”
The Malaysian businessman is right the business QPR has done so far has been sensible. Robert Green, Andy Johnson and Ryan Nelsen have all arrived on free transfers. The trio all have extensive top level experience and that will be invaluable next season.
The trio may not be the most exciting signings and aren’t the youngest but no doubt they will make a good contribution to Rangers in the new campaign. I think signing Green in particular could be a masterstroke from Hughes, with Paddy Kenny’s future at the club in doubt.
I’m sure QPR will make more additions to their squad this summer. With Hughes at the helm QPR are bound to improve on their league position from last season. Many of the Hoops players from last season was inexperienced in the Premier League.
However, in the new campaign QPR will have more experienced Premier League players in their squad. This should ensure that the Hoops aren’t involved in the fight for survival next season.
Next season will be all about QPR establishing themselves as a Premier League club and having stability in the top flight. Their board has bigger plans for the club but stability is the first step to making QPR a Premier League force for years to come.
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