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Chris Ramsey brings order out of chaos at QPR

11 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Chris Ramsey brings order out of chaos at QPR

The doom-mongers were out at Loftus Road, but Chris Ramsey has steadied the ship and given Rs fans plenty of reasons to be cheerful

By Joe Mewis

When last season’s sorry QPR side finished rock bottom of the Premier League, the doom mongers were well and truly out.
And it is not hard to see why.

The club had undergone a second demoralising relegation in three years, had a rookie manager in charge of a side that was bracing for the loss of their best players (plus a few foreign mercenaries that wouldn’t be quite so missed) in the transfer window, as FFP restrictions hung over Loftus Road like the sword of Damocles.

It was to be a long, hot summer for Chris Ramsey, as the rollercoaster ride in West London showed no signs of slowing down.

But as the evenings draw in and autumn arrives, the situation at Loftus Road is now far more rosy.

There were no key departures in the transfer window and the team is nestled neatly in the play-off places of the embryonic Championship table.

So just how has Chris Ramsey steadied the ship?

First up, Rangers appear to be finally learning from their mistakes in the transfer market.

Last year’s bloated squad has been decimated, with the likes of Adel Taarabt, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Mauricio Isla and Eduardo Vargas’ dizzying salaries off the books, while incomings have largely been of the unfussy, efficient type.

Midfield duo Tjaroon Chery and Massimo Luongo have made an immediate impact in the Championship, with Chery offering a goal-scoring threat from the middle, while Luongo has built up an early understanding with Charlie Austin ahead of him.

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The fact that Austin is still at the club, despite at least half of the Premier League being linked with him over the summer is another victory for Ramsey.

Sure, there may have been a slice of luck involved, as long-term suitors Tottenham were distracted by their failed deadline day pursuit of Saido Berahino, but Austin’s continued presence – plus that of Rob Green and Matt Phillips – means the Hoops maintain real quality down the spine of their side.

Steven Caulker was the only high-profile departure, but this was a largely pragmatic move to shed a under-performing high earner.

All in all, it was a sensible, efficient transfer window that was a million miles away from the razzle-dazzle-car-window-interview excesses under Ramsey’s predecessor Harry Redknapp and the Rs are reaping the rewards so far this season.

Unbeaten since the season’s opener, Ramsey’s side has been playing fast, crowd pleasing, attacking football this season as the Hoops boss has been able to supplement his new signings with some promising youngsters in among his proven Premier League performers.

If they can tighten up at the back – no club in the early table’s top 10 have conceded as many goals – they will still be in the reckoning come the end of the season.

Whereas automatic promotion is a realistic target for QPR, Saturday’s opponents Nottingham Forest are not there yet.

Unlike the Hoops, they could not hang onto their main man on deadline day, as winger Michail Antonio was sold to West Ham.

His sale was for the greater good though – the £7m fee received will likely see the club emerge from a FFP-enforced transfer embargo – but this weekend’s trip to Loftus Road will likely highlight the gap between these two clubs.

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