QPR have made a habit of immediately bouncing back after top flight relegation. They will need to do so once again but this time without former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp. Redknapp retired after constant knee troubles, and new boss Chris Ramsay will have to win back the fans, following his atrocious record in the Premier League with the Hoops.
The new philosophy now running through the club Is bound to be a positive thing. Redknapp’s tactics were obviously not working so having Ramsey in charge can only be good. Despite this fans will have to be patient with the former caretaker. The revolving door of international transfers hasn’t done the club any good over the past few years. Before Ramsey can start to think about Championship glory he will have to stabilize the squad. Bringing in experienced names will be pivotal. Not to name names, but plenty of European stars have been brought in previously and failed to adapt to the Championships physical style.
QPR had the lowest attendances in the top flight last season, but when there team got going, there was no stopping them. The crowd roared them on in their final few weeks, but will be in a completely different situation this time round. IF Charlie Austin stays, and it’s a big IF. There is no denying he will destroy the scoring charts. The England international has received interest from Aston Villa and Newcastle but both bids have been rebuffed. Austin netted 20 times when QPR were last in the second tier, and if the former Swindon Town man does opt to stay in would be a major boost for Chris Ramsey.
Many supporters will be pleasantly surprised by the number of key names than have stayed putt to fight for places at Loftus Road. Bar Austin, Matt Phillips, Nedum Onuoha and Dutch international Leroy Fer are the star names to stay. Onouha’s defensive partner Steven Caulker signed for Southampton on a season long loan last week, and the decision to offer veteran defender Clint Hill could be the best decision made by the club this summer. His leadership qualities and invaluable experience is just the thing needed to give QPR a chance
The Hoops have made a habit of bouncing back, put I feel a consolidation season will be necessary this time round. There are so many excellent teams vying for automatic promotion, many of which fell at the final hurdle last season. Ramsey is in first serious managerial job, so giving him time to take authority of the reign will take time. If Austin stays he should have a field day in the second tier, but if not, goals could be difficult to come by. Without a seasoned poacher the top two could be a step too far for Ramsey and his R’s.