2014/15 has undoubtedly been a painful season for the Loftus Road faithful. As many expected upon their somewhat fortunate promotion to the Premier League during last year’s play-offs, relegation from the top flight has once again claimed Queens Park Rangers for the second time in three seasons.
The Hoops simply seemed doomed all along. They failed to score in their opening three matches, the club have spent the entire season flirting with the relegation zone – and in their recent 6-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City – QPR haven’t even managed to restore a bit of pride across the tail end of the current campaign.
In experiencing such a poor season, Chris Ramsey’s side have publically failed to prove themselves worthy of surviving in the English top flight. The reasons behind the club’s seemingly inevitable relegation must therefore act as a strong warning to the rest of the Premier League.
Within the context of this discussion, it must be remembered that QPR’s problems stem back long before this season actually begun. Whilst the club’s days under the ownership of Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore hardly acted as much of a golden era for the Hoops just a few campaigns ago, current chairman – Tony Fernandes – might just have to take centre stage when it comes to unsuccessful football club owners.
The man behind Lotus F1 and AirAsia has not only ruined this little sporting venture for himself and his financial backers, but he has severely damaged the future of Queens Park Rangers Football Club with his frivolous spending habits and inability to work the transfer market effectively. Although he may not be the only one flashing the cash behind the scenes at Loftus Road this season, some of the signings made under his leadership have been shocking to say the least.
The club completely failed to learn their lesson from last time around – continuing to meet oversized transfer fees and still offering hefty wage packets in attempt to speed up the necessary building process any club needs in the Premier League. It seems the backroom staff just weren’t prepared to wait this season, even though such impatience severely cost them back in 2012/13.
As if being tied down by several has-been stars such as Christopher Samba, Kieron Dyer, Andrew Johnson and Jose Bosingwa wasn’t bad enough in the past, this summer the club brought in Rio Ferdinand to similar affect, and even managed to spend a grand total of over £25 million on the likes of Steven Caulker, Leroy Fer, Jordan Mutch and Sandro. Simply ridiculous.
Such poor activity in the transfer market has subsequently been a direct cause of QPR’s ill-fated season. Several ‘bad eggs’ have been spoken about of late regarding the club’s struggling form, with Adel Taarabt likely be one of the key men behind such a claim. His absence has spoken volumes about the kind of attitudes swirling around Loftus Road this season, and the broken state in which the club currently resides.
Ever since Harry Redknapp decided to leave this sinking ship in rather unceremonious circumstances half way through the term – it began to seem clear just where QPR were heading – and the former Tottenham and Portsmouth boss simply didn’t want any more to do with it.
In employing such a ridiculous approach in the transfer market, and then subsequently failing to replace their main man in the dug-out when things turned sour, Queens Park Rangers were ultimately the architects of their own downfall. The club can only have themselves to blame throughout this whole debacle – for they tried to spend their way through the traditional hard work and dedication required to survive in the Premier League.
The lack of foresight and overall ineptitude when it came to decision making at Loftus Road must now act as a warning to any other potential top flight hopefuls looking to become and instant success in the English game.
Rome wasn’t built overnight after all…