Thursday, 15 May 2014

2nd Chance in Wembley Play-Off Final Showdown

For many the 2013/14 Football league Championship season for Queens Park Rangers, was nothing less than a disaster. With huge expectations and a large financial backing failing was not considered an option, QPR was labelled the favourites.
However, if you look deeper and past all the media driven reports about the high salaries and transfer budgets you actually find out some of the real truths and quite possibly change your minds on what was actually a successful season.

A few points to consider:

  1. QPR a relegated team with far too many over paid so called 'Top Quality' players. 60-70% of the current team had to leave for several different reasons.
    1. Because salaries were to high.
    2. They didn't achieve mid-table Prem football let alone survival.
    3. They no longer wanted to be at QPR and had no heart and desire during the previous season.
  2.  Tony Fernandes openly admitted to doing things 'Wrong', going forward bringing in the right type of player was key. No silly wages and no silly signings who didn't meet the team and club ethics.
    1. Signing players based on reputation.
    2. Listening and gathering advice from agents and managers.
  3. 18 Players left the club.
    1. A massive transition took place.
    2. New players came in. 
  4. Not many teams that are relegated from the Premier League bounce straight back. 
    1. 76.5% of teams relegated in ANY football league division do not get promoted the following season.
    2. Wolves FC are a great and prime example of the relegation disaster. 'Double Relegation.
  5. Injuries to Key first team players.
    1. Charlie Austin - 2 Months Out
    2. Danny Simpson - 1 Month Out
    3. Alejandro Faurlin - Season long injury 
    4. Matty Phillips - Out from January till the end of the year. 
No, the above 5 points are not excuses but actual truths and realisation behind QPR's season back in the Championship. It goes without saying, getting to Wembley is massive achievement and possibly a 2nd chance for the current squad to take the Super Hoops back to the Promise land of the Premiership.

Playing Wigan over two legs is probably the hardest way to get there, followed by an even harder tie against third place Derby County. Regardless of what happens, Wembley will be a special day for all QPR fans, 28 Years and the first time for most young fans to cherish.
The team have already in my opinion done us proud with a superb turnaround at home in the Semi Finals. But wouldnt it be great if we managed to go on and win the play-off final?

This year has been full of change and should be looked back on as the season that everything came together for Rangers and not the opposite. A new starting eleven and a board that are finally understanding that it isnt just a business but a FINE football club full of wonderful and passionate  fans.

We are QPR and one day we WILL be back were WE belong.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

New Chapter at W12

Harry Redknapp; also known as Harry Houdini. The question is can he keep Queens Park Rangers in the premier League?

A little reminder for you - The last two clubs Harry managed along with his win percentages.
Oct 2008 - Jun 2012
Dec 2005 - Oct 2008
I think its fair to say that not all of QPR's summer signings have been giving the effort and the passion that loyal fans deserve to see. Giving 110% goes a long way in not only competing in a football match but winning it as well.
One of the important skills Harry possesses is 'Man Management', this skill could prove vital in turning round the poor start QPR have endured.

QPR have now equalled the worst start to a premier league season, equalling Swindon's poor run of form in the 1993-94 seasons of 15 games without a single win.

Already something has changed, the fans are lifted by the appointment. Harry talks a good game and shows passion in every press conference. He's choosing players based on effort and form rather than the price and history. 

He started his reign with a tricky away match to Sunderland. Picking up a draw and clean sheet. Something we haven't be able to do for over a year. It also stopped the rot of consecutive defeats. It was a fairy poor game to most, but Rangers had chances to win and played well showing they have lots of quality around the squad.
This was followed by a home game to fellow strugglers Aston Villa, who have had mixed results so far this season putting in good performances to the likes of Manchester United. 
Rangers started slowly although a superb striker opened the scoring for Villa, but QPR struck back instantly and controlled the game from the on in. We kept the ball and created plenty of chances to win the game. In fact Villa will consider themselves lucky, SWP hit the post and Park and Diakite squandered chances as well Clint Hill striking the bar late on. 

It was clear that a huge improvement had been made and thats two games now unbeaten. Which again hasnt happened in a very long time. All this has lead to a brighter outlook to QPR's season, giving fresh hope of survival.

Its clear that the Hoops require a couple of new additions to their already big squad. Two new centre backs and strikers would probably do it. We must take advantage of the run of games we have till Christmas to stand half a chance of staying up and then being able to invest in these areas to get us over the finish line. 

It takes time, and we need to remain patient, there is a lot of football to be played and lots of points to be gained. We may surprise ourselves and pick up wins in games we never expected, but ultimately a win is so important.

Being unbeaten is very important! We need to continue to pick up points and not keep dropping them. A point game is better than three points lost! 

QPR go to Wigan next week, which again is huge. Not only because its winnable but because Wigan could also face the drop in the summer. Who knows, IF QPR was to win three on the bounce, that could see them climb up and out of the relegation zone and give them half a chance.