Seven games played and only four points on the board. QPR’s performances this season just haven’t been good enough. We lack everything a team at the bottom needs to get out of safety and for me and many other R’s fans, the time is right for Harry Redknapp to go.
Yet again today we went a goal down early and at this moment the game is lost. Before the goal went in and after the goal went in we had no plan. A manager as experienced as Redknapp playing a premier league game with no game plan (again). Suicidal tactics that are inexcusable in any level of football. If that doesn’t speak volumes then i don’t know what does. Glenn Hoddle gets brought in to work with the side on the new 3-5-2 system and players like Isla are brought in to suit the system. Yet after three games the formation has been abandoned. We go back to a back four but with no right back in the squad because our only one got sold to Leicester. Once again, inexcusable management from someone most people wanted as the current England manager.
Tony Fernandes asks for stability. But what he desires for is for QPR to be consistently good. At the minute all we show is a consistently bad performing QPR side. If he sticks by his “stability” values then Redknapp will remain in charge but only so Fernandes isn’t made to look a fool in the press. If he has enough courage he’ll fire Redknapp knowing that he’s saving the club from an immediate return to the Championship.
Looking at our Twitter notifications tonight (@blueandwhitew12) i see nothing short of a meltdown. The message from the fans is clear. #RedknappOut. What our club calls for is someone to take this talented squad of players and insert a game plan and discipline. Someone who will get results and get points on the board. Someone who will make sure every single player on that pitch knows exactly what their role is and how they should go about it. Someone who will let those 11 on the pitch know when their doing something wrong. If you haven’t already guessed by now then the ideal candidate is Tony Pulis. If you think of what he did with that group of Championship level players at Palace then think of what he could do to our talented squad. It could be something special. Tony Pulis is a manager who needs financial backing. He left Palace due to a lack of it. Tony Fernandes + co will give him that and be able to make him enjoy his role at QPR. There is still plenty of time for our season to be a great success but in my opinion that cannot happen if Redknapp remains in charge.
Time to pull the trigger Tony. Come on you R’ssssss
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No QPR fan will ever easily forgive the amount of damage Mark Hughes managed to inflict during his short spell at the club. The ex Manchester City, Blackburn, QPR and now Stoke manager expected every bit of abuse hurled towards him from the Loftus Road faithful in a gloomy and humid afternoon in W12. The game never really promised to be a thriller. The physicality of stoke against a QPR side trying to show some bravery after a cowardly display against Manchester United last weekend. QPR could not afford to lose whilst a defeat was the last thing Mark Hughes wanted on his return to Loftus Road.
The match started off just like 4 of the previous 5 games this season. QPR going 1-0 down from a goal out of nothing. Isla let Victor Moses get a cross in with minimal pressure and Crouch set up Diouf nicely for the opener. QPR had set up with a narrow 41212 diamond, designed to compact the midfield area and stop us being overrun in there again. This appeared to work fine off the ball however when we were on the ball it was like looking at a team of subbuteo players. Every player was static and the lack of width meant we tried tiki taka football through the middle which failed miserably on most attempts.
On the verge of half time Steven Caulker rose like a salmon to head the ball goal-bound from a corner. Although it was heading in it still needed slicing into the net by any of the 3 Stoke players on the line. After half time it was very tight and I began to sense us gradually getting into the game. However once again poor play by Isla lead to Moses picking out Crouch who got away from the static Rio Ferdinand to slot home. In respect to us Crouchy didn’t celebrate. This left QPR with 40 minutes to attack the Loft and get something from the game. This lead to the play from Stoke which every football fan cannot stand. The dirty tackles, continuous time wasting and slow play immediately winded up QPR fans. Ryan Shawcross’ tackle on Niko Kranjcar was a potential leg breaker and got the LR faithful letting him know just how they felt about it. This could have been seen as a good thing on the other hand because Loftus Road began to come alive as QPR looked for the illusive second goal.
In the 87th minute Niko was once again fouled and this gave him a golden opportunity to remind the Premier League that he’s well and truly back. The free kick that followed was magical. It dipped perfectly over the wall and was into the net within seconds. QPR were deservedly level and it finished 2-2.
For me the bright spark in our team is Leroy Fer. The dutchman possesses amazing agility and balance on the ball despite being tall. His pace and skills allow us to turn defence into attack within seconds. My only criticism of him today was not having a shot more often because he can certainly hit them. I would like to see him play a more attackive role in the future so he can link up more with Charlie Austin, who i thought had a great game today. The QPR number 9 held it up well and showed great link up play with others.
However there was some serious weaknesses in our play today. There didn’t look to be much team chemistry on the ball and there is a lack of understanding from the players on what to do with the ball when they have it. Rio Ferdinand had a shocker today. Outpaced by Peter Crouch and couldn’t handle Crouch all game. Mauricio Isla was tormented by Moses and couldn’t handle his pace. The Chilean looks like he may struggle all season if he does not come to terms with the Premier League soon as teams will look to target him.
Next week QPR head to the south coast to face Southampton who have got off to a flyer under their new manager. I would like us go to an away game and for once go with the attitude of really wanting to take the game to them. Maybe a change in game plan will really get our season going. A point today showed some good character but it also highlights that we’re in for a really tough season. Come on you R’sssss
It’s no secret that Tony Fernandes and Harry Redknapp have highlighted the need to rebuild the clubs academy and invest into the youth system. The development is a key area that will become ever so vital for the club in the long term future with the homegrown players rule and the fact that the club will be able to blood young talent from the academy. Therefore saving money from not having to pay for talent that has been raised at another club.
Just an hour after posting our first blog , QPR announced the signing of 20 year old Liverpool full back Jack Robinson. The England U21 international has played at every level for England bar the first team. Just hours before completing his move to QPR, Jack was called up to the England U21 squad before making his way down to London to sign for the R’s, pose for photographs and then make his way up north to complete a season long loan to Huddersfield. What a day eh?
Personally I think Jack Robinson is one for the future but is undoubtedly better defensively than Armand Traore. I like the thinking behind this move as it shows signals real long term intent from Tony and Harry and backs up what they said about improving the youth set up. Although Robinson wasn’t brought up through the QPR youth system hopefully in years to come this will be the type of player we will be able to raise. Jack spent time on loan last season at Blackpool where he proved he was one of the best full backs in the Championship. Even though he proved to be poor disciplinary wise (6 yellows and 3 reds) I’m sure this is something Harry will look to iron out. Robinson maintained an average pass rate of 72% a game and won half of his defensive duals. The ability of Jack Robinson is also highlighted by the fact he is the second-youngest ever player to have played for Liverpool, having made his senior debut at the age of 16 years and 250 days.
Another young player to join Rangers is 24 year old English goalkeeper Alex McCarthy of Reading. McCarthy has been widely tipped to be a future English international and is also one of the finest shot stoppers in English football although his distribution and handling needs a little work on. McCarthy stands at 6’4 and has been described as a “traditional English goalkeeper who isn’t afraid to put his head where it hurts”. You may remember McCarthy being named man of the match last season when we drew 1-1 at the Madejski. The Superhoops found him unbeatable that day and it took an inch perfect free kick from Joey Barton to beat him. Like Robinson, McCarthy has also played for England at youth level and is looking to make the step up to the national squad. Whilst Rob Green will most likely remain the number one keeper, McCarthy will provide much needed competition and a great back up for Green should he get injured. McCarthy is a man who is capable of pushing Rob Green for a name on the starting XI each week and will certainly be looking to do that.
In my opinion the signing of Robinson and McCarthy are excellent for QPR as a club, two young English players who in a few years time will be looking to break into the England squad. Having nurtured such players like Raheem Sterling and Peter Crouch in the past, hopefully we can hold off bigger clubs by maintaining Premier League status and look to improve the clubs academy in due course but for once the future is starting to look bright.