At the beginning of the season, QPR and the rangers’ fans, definitely wouldn’t have seen their team in the last spot in the league table. Having spent around 20 million pounds in the summer transfer window on the likes of Esteban Granero, Julio Cesar, Samba Diakite, Ji-Sung-Park and again around 20 million pounds in the winter transfer window on Loic Remy and Christoper Samba, it was expected that the club would at the very least, secure a mid table spot at the end of the season. But their home form (which was good last time around) has let them down. It was said that the team were going places after they signed players like Esteban Granero, Julio Cesar who were also courted by some top clubs. They’re going places alright. Ewood park, Turf Moor and The Reebok, to name a few. They had a dismal start to the campaign, not winning a game almost until December.
Where did they go wrong, really? Having made such signings, the club should have performed better. Tony Fernandes did try bringing in Harry Redknapp, but it was perhaps too little, too late. Under Redknapp, the team showed signs of improvement. Now relegated to the championship, the QPR management should probably look to handle things in a clever and decent manner. First up, the summer transfer window. The best way to go about things would be to sell some of their players(some of them might leave on a free transfer as their contracts have relegation clauses). Players like Remy, Cesar, Samba to name a few, certainly wouldn’t be content with playing in England’s second tier. As we’ve always noticed, Premier league clubs as well as other clubs from other league look to pounce upon players who are relegated with their clubs. Case in point, Birmingham FC about 2 years ago, when most of their important players left and moved onto pastures new.
Having made a loss of nearly 42 million pounds in the 12/13 season in only transfers, QPR would obviously be looking to do some good business in this year’s window to balance the books. They should look to buy the best players in the Championship and then fight for promotion as opposed to spending exorbitant amounts on random players. Which is probably is the best way to go for a club that is relegated and looking to get promoted at the first attempt. They would be hoping to have a solid season in the Championship Will QPR be able to bounce back? And avoid what Wolves went through? Will Harry Redknapp stay? Only time will tell.Published 24 May 2013, 17:10 IST