Expectations from most QPR supporters is that they should be challenging for promotion back to the Premier League next season.
However, getting QPR straight back up will be Harry Redknapp’s greatest challenge in management so far.
When Redknapp arrived at QPR he was greeted with a club in crisis, devoid of victories, and only with an outside chance of him saving them from relegation. He basically had nothing to lose.
Now Harry needs to build a whole new squad to compete in one of the hardest and most competitive leagues in world football.
Harry is a great man-manager but to gel a whole new squad to mount an instant challenge for promotion may well be an impossible ask for him.
QPR will not want to have such highly paid players like Christophe Samba in their squad. However, will their be clubs queuing up for players who have seriously under performed this season? They will not be attractive as they would have been twelve months ago and it may be hard to move many of them on.
QPR have a lot of players like Adel Taarabt and Loic Remy who may be regarded as flair players who, as individuals, can produce moments of magic but perhaps do not work so hard for the team. This was a major issue for QPR this season even with Harry’s efforts.
It is paramount that QPR hang on to characters like Shaun Derry and Clint Hill who are players who you know can be relied upon to give one hundred per cent every game and are born leaders.
They may lack the quality but the Championship is all about determination and stamina.
The Championship itself will be very tough for QPR. They have been promoted before but year after year the league is improving and becoming more and more competitive.
There are teams who have been striving for the right formula for success for a number of years and it is not an easy fix. Reading, themselves relegated from the Premier League this season, are more likely to succeed in bouncing straight back as they have a team of players who have been promoted from the Championship before and are more of a team than a group of highly paid individuals. Many of Reading’s players will stay at the club giving them more continuity and stability.
Teams who are relegated from the Premier League can find it very difficult to adapt to the hustle and bustle of the Championship. It can be a shock just how intense and competitive every game can be and a team do not adapt straight away then they can struggle to gain results particularly as matches quickly follow each other.
Wolves have proven that relegated Premier League teams have no god given right to bounce back straight away. They suffered their second successive relegation.
There have been many ‘big’ clubs who have suffered the ignominy of falling from the Premier League into the third tier of English football, such as Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United.
Harry has a huge task on his hand during both the summer and the new season. However, if anyone can turn QPR’s recent fortunes around then he is the man to do it but it won’t be easy. 2013-14 is going to be a challenging season for the West London club.
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