Monday, 28 November 2011

Staying in the league by goal difference…

Dear readers,

At first I would like to offer you watching another episode of video story of my friend NTM.

NTM’s video story: The 2nd season is over


Q.P.R. Story: Season #1 is over

Now it’s going to be a quite long post about my story.

I am disappointed with the season finish because Q.P.R. managed to complicate it maximally. Destiny of my club was decided in the last fixture. Marco Verratti scored a beautiful goal helping us to stay in the Premier League. It’s a big surprize for me because I expected to take the 14th position approximately. Instead Newcastle, Swansea and my Q.P.R. got 37 points… So goal difference turned out a key factor in this case.

Final Premier League table. Season 1

Premier League table, Season 1


Reasons of the failure

I expected to take 7-9 points in the four last matches. But unfortunately I got only two vital points that turned out vital.


Once again I had problems with morale level of my players. At first Manchester United destroyed us with 0:5 score, though I am sure we didn’t deserve it by goal chances:

Match stats, Manchester United

Then I decided to arrange team meeting to boost a mood before 3 important games. Unfortunately, 18 players reacted badly on my speech, and I had to play the matches using many players with Very Poor morale level

We could won 2 last matches and have a draw in the game against Fulham… But all chances were lost due to weak efficiency of our attack, the weakest area of Q.P.R. squad now.

In short, it was a nervous season finish… One line above relegation zone…

QPR position history


Bad news about facilities enhancement

I am disappointed also with actions of my chairman… Why did the hell it happen?! All enhancement plans are cancelled!




Squad revolution ahead!

QPR players

Worst QPR players

Surely I am not happy with the performance shown by the most of Q.P.R. players. This is why I am going to make a squad revolution getting rid of many guys. I need footballers that will blend into:

- my Rigid philosophy

- Supersonic tactics and its properties

Pretty high Teamwork, Work Rate, Determination, Passing, Technique, Decisions, Pace, Acceleration, Stamina are must!


Players I am going to leave in the squad

- DC: Younes Kaboul, Andres Bjeland, Matthew Connelly, Fitz Hall (for backup)

- DL: Lucas Digne

- DR: Andreas Hinkel, Arne Friedrich

- DMC: Joey Barton, Alejandro Faurlin, Daniel Paulista (backup), Shaun Derry (backup)

- MC (Playmaker): Marco Verratti, Petter Vaagan Moen (backup)

- AML: DJ Campbell (backup)

- AMR: Shaun Wright-Phillips

- SC: Yaya Sanogo (backup)

By the way, compare attributes of Marco Verratti before and after the season. He has the best growth level in my team.




Verratti after the season

QPR fans voted and gave an award to him this year:

Fans player of the year


5 main positions for strengthening as ranking

1. SC

2. AML

3. GK

4. DC

5. AMR

Other positions need strengthening as well but not so much. Do you agree these 5 positions are the most important to strengthen? Any tips?

In any case you should await a serious squad revolution during the upcoming transfer window! So just stay tuned.

Author: Vitaliy

Playing Football Manager since 1996. Blogging about it since 2007.