QPR’s 2-0 home defeat by Stoke yesterday in the Premier League moved QPR one step closer to Championship football next season.
It has been looking like the Hoops were destined for the Championship for a while now and yesterday’s game showed why they are struggling so badly.
QPR really is a fascinating club. In the last few years the new Rangers board have invested heavily in the team, but their reward for that investment will only be relegation.
A number of clubs in the top flight have performed far better, spending far less cash.
The turnaround in players at QPR in the last year or so has been incredible. Twelve new players arrived last summer, as Mark Hughes attempted to keep Rangers away from trouble. Unfortunately, those players failed to gel and have underperformed.
Mark Hughes paid for his teams underachievement with the sack, but the club could pay a far higher price than that.
Hughes left behind a club low on confidence, with a top-heavy squad on major wages. That wage bill is a potential crippling one when Rangers do succumb to relegation.
QPR will have a whole squad of players on Premier League wages in the second tier of English football. This sort of situation has put teams into deep trouble in recent years, mostly notably Leeds and Portsmouth.
Portsmouth will be playing in the bottom tier of the football league next season, after enduring a nightmare few years. Their troubles all started when they overspent on big wages and transfers when in the Premier League.
The warning signs are there for QPR and they really do not want to go the same way. I hope that chairman Tony Fernandes and the owners will not allow that sort of thing to happen at Loftus Road.
It looks as if Harry Redknapp will be staying on as QPR boss next season. He could have a major job on his hands trying to get the Hoops back into the Premier League next season. Redknapp inherited a squad of underachieving and overpaid players.
However, he has not exactly covered himself in glory at Loftus Road though. I am sure Redknapp will be determined to prove to the QPR fans next season that he is the right man for the job.
The summer will be a very difficult one. No doubt there will be a fire sale at Loftus Road, as QPR cannot really afford to keep their high earners, not that many of them have perform this season.
The problem that they will have is that these high earners will be difficult to move on, because of their hefty wage packets and Redknapp has acknowledged this. It is however necessary for QPR to somehow get rid of a whole host of players.
Harry Redknapp’s stint at QPR has been poor so far. However, if he stays at the club then next season the team will be his own. He will know which players he wants to keep and which he will wants to sell.
The likes of Loic Remy, Julio Cesar and Esteban Granero are likely to gain major interest from elsewhere. Cesar has admitted that he would like to stay in the Premier League and according to one English tabloid; Remy is attracting the interest of Arsenal.
Redknapp knows the Championship well and will know what sort of players he needs to bring in to be successful in the Championship.
Whatever way you look at it QPR have been disappointing this season. The Hoops should really have done better this season. It looks like their season will end in relegation. I hope for the sake of Rangers fans that next season their team enjoy some success.
Will QPR have a summer clear out?