Last season was another struggle after the highs of promotion for QPR. Once again it seemed certain players came in with big reputations who weren’t pulling their weight and despite the talents of Charlie Austin up front, the club were relegated from the Premier League, finishing rock bottom. With Chris Ramsey at the helm, the club will now look to approach promotion with a new philosophy.
Last Season: Premier League (20th)
Manager: Chris Ramsey
GKs: Robert Green, Joe Lumley
DFs: Armand Traore, Nedum Onuoha, Clint Hill, Yun Suk-young, James Perch, Darnell Furlong, Jack Robinson, Cole Kpekawa
MFs: Matt Phillips, Tjaronn Chery, Leroy Fer, Ben Gladwin, Michael Doughty, Alejandro Faurlin, Karl Henry, Massimo Luongo, Junior Hoilett, Sandro, Samba Diakite, Frankie Sutherland, Brandon Comley
FWs: Charlie Austin, Jamie Mackie, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Sebastian Polter, Reece Grego-Cox, Tyler Blackwood
In: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City), Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town), Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest), Joseph N’Guessan (Stevenage), Axel Prohouly (AS Monaco), Sebastian Polter (Mainz), Tjaronn Chery (Groningen), James Perch (Wigan Athletic), Tyler Blackwood (South Florida Bulls)
Out: Bruno Andrade (Released), Joey Barton (Released), Richard Dunne (Released), Rio Ferdinand (Retired), Jordan Gibbons (Yeovil Town), Brian Murphy (Released), Jamie Sendles-White (Released), Adel Taarabt (Benfica), Shaun Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls), Bobby Zamora (Brighton & Hove Albion), Max Ehmer (Gillingham), Coll Donaldson (Dundee United), Alex McCarthy (Crystal Palace), Michael Harriman (Wycombe Wanderers – Loan), Steven Caulker (Southampton – Loan)
First Six: Charlton Athletic (A), Cardiff City (H), Wolves (A), Rotherham United (H), Huddersfield Town (A), Nottingham Forest (H)
Likely Lineup: (4-2-3-1) Green – Perch, Onuoha, Hill, Suk-young – Faurlin, Luongo – Phillips, Mackie, Hoilett – Austin
A word from…Andy Sinton
On his time at the club It was a fantastic time, that first season we were in the Premier League and it was a great time to be involved with QPR, we had a great team. It was a fantastic time to be a footballer but is there ever a bad time to be a footballer?!
The happiest times of my career, those few games that stick in your mind, a hattrick here at Loftus Road against Everton and that goal against Man United, it’s not everyday you score at Old Trafford and win 4-1 too. It’s just a really good club, a great team spirit back then and the club is endeavouring to get back to that. I loved my time here and I’m delighted to be back playing a part here.
That year in the league finished 5th, we were the top London club above the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, it wasn’t a club just looking to survive and we relished playing the big clubs but there weren’t many better than us then.
On the ups and downs The last few years have been a bit yo-yo and disappointing for everyone at the club. It’s a great team behind the scenes here, the fans are great and everyone’s in it together.
We all felt the pain last season, there have been some comings and goings and there will be some more, that might be a blessing in disguise in order to get that stability back at the club. Patience will be important, the turnaround of players means it will take a little time to gel and everyone to get to know each other.
On the new season There’s a new philosophy running right through the club, it’s a good philosophy but everyone will have to be a bit patient.
I think it will change this season, QPR were a club many years ago who used to sign players like myself from the lower leagues, it was our chance to shine and they’ve got back to that a little this season. As a fan, there have been a lot of names coming in the last few years who perhaps didn’t work out but now we’ve gone back to doing what the club used to do in the past and found players with that hunger to wear the shirt.
On the strikers Every team needs a good scorer and we’re no different. Charlie is still here at this moment in time and four days away from the new season you’d have to say it looks like he’ll be here on Saturday.
If someone comes in and pays the figure the club want then I’m sure there is a back-up plan, attacking options already look quite healthy anyway, there’s some youth and some pace and I’m sure the club has a plan for whoever departs.
On his new role at the club I’ll be doing a bit of everything, I’ve been working with the community and a bit of coaching down at the training ground. Working with the academy, community projects, PR and the media so certainly a bit of everything.
As a player you just see what goes on on the pitch but to come in behind the scenes you see how exciting it is and there are some really good people working here.
The Offside Rule Podcast Prediction: QPR do have a habit for bouncing straight back up when they’ve been knocked down, this time they’re going about it by signing the right players too. Chris Ramsey is a good coach and if QPR can find some stability this season, they’re definitely contenders.
Key Player: Charlie Austin – Easy to say without knowing if/when he’ll depart, but Austin will fire 20+ goals for the club this season if he stays and promotion will be much more difficult if he goes. With less than a month to go, QPR will at least be glad to have him for the start of the season.
One to Watch: Reece Grego-Cox – If Austin does depart, the teenage striker will be someone who will benefit greatly. Given a chance to impress towards the end of last season, Grego-Cox should find himself ample more opportunities to shine this season.