There were some amazing summer signings in the Premier League this year. Robin Van Persie to Manchester United, Hazard and Oscar to Chelsea, all big money purchases of world class players. One that I feel went slightly under the radar was QPR’s acquisition of ex-Inter Milan stopper, Julio Cesar, 33, who single handedly (and sometimes double-handedly) kept them in the game against Arsenal this weekend.
The rest of the QPR team however, are not performing well, aside from a handful of skilful goals by the talented Taarabt. Inevitably, sucj poor form has left Queens Park Rangers at the bottom on the Premier League table, with many considering they have one foot in the Championship already.
Manager, Mark Hughes is clearly running out of time. With a home game against new boys Reading the next fixture for QPR, there is the suggestion that it could be make or break for Hughes. If Hughes can gain a precious 3 points, he may buy himself some time. Somehow, he has to find a way to make his team of individually talented men, nicknamed Queens Park Strangers, into a team that look like genuine Premier League competitors.
If Reading leave Loftus Road this weekend with a point or more Hughes’ head will surely be for the chopping block. Though he stillappears to have the backing of the owners, there is clearly something not quite working at QPR and a change in management appears to be the only option for me.
The bookies favourite for Hughes’ replacement is Harry Redknapp. After building up Tottenham to becoming genuine title contenders for the Premiership, and giving it a right good go in the Champions League, Redknapp was wanted by every England fan for the vacant position after Capello opted out. Since then he has been suggested for a number of jobs, but QPR may just take his fancy.
When he took over at Tottenham they were in a position not too dis-similar from that of QPR now. He clearly likes a challenge and his man management skills may be just what QPR need to gel as a team.
Mick McCarthy is also without a job after his Wolves side began to struggle in the Championship. He would surely relish the opportunity to prove himself in the Premier League again and at 16 to 1 is another good bet.
Rafa Benitez has often reiterated his desire to return to the Premier League, putting himself forward for the Chelsea job in the summer. While QPR may offer him the chance to return to the Prem, he may want to wait out for something a little more high profile.
My money would be on Alex McLeish and not simply because his odds are good, (at 25-1 that’s a good little packet). He was quoted saying he wanted a rest from management, and that he was not short of offers. He may have just been waiting for the right opportunity to come along and should Mark Hughes lose his job Mcleish definitely has enough experience to try and turn around the fortunes of the struggling London Rangers.