NO PROMOTION HOPES
QPR manager Harry Redknapp, who recently managed to tie down midfielder Jermaine Jenas on a long-term contract, says that any hopes of getting promoted automatically to the Premier league is finished for the club this season.
QPR will now be focusing on getting into the Premier league through the play-offs according to its manager. The club were relegated last season and they were challenging for the league title for most of the campaign. However, the second half of the season has been very difficult for the club, as they have been unable to maintain the momentum.
JENAS WILL COMMIT
Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has said that he would be ready to commit his future to championship outfit QPR after managing to impress in the last few months of the campaign. QPR were relegated to the championship last season.
After fighting for an automatic promotion spot for most of the campaign, they have been slowly slipping down the table in recent weeks. Manager Harry Redknapp is under intense pressure to get the club back into the Premier league. However, the incredibly wage bill at the club may force him to sell a number of players if they do not get promoted this campaign.
Jenas Feels Arsenal Stats Closer To Invincibles
Jermaine Jenas is hopeful about Arsenal’s figures and has openly declared that he finds the Arsenal stats scarily similar to Invincibles.
However, he also noted that the Gunners should start on winning matches against the Premier League contenders.
The midfielder from Queens Park joined up Sarah Mee frecetly to analyze all actions of Premier League & was pretty pleased with Arsenal’s solid 2-0 win against Fullham.
This victory helped Wenger’s (Arsene) side to retain 1 point lead against Manchester City team in the competition for title with fifty-one- simple one point lesser the squad achieved 10 years earlier in 2003-04 in the same season.
Arsenal might be at the top of the Premier League table at the minute, but, there are a lot of people who don’t see them becoming the eventual champions simply because they believe that the Gunners would struggle to beat top league teams later on in the season and that’s not completely wrong.
Arsenal’s performances against teams like Chelsea and Manchester City have not been even close to par so far and they themselves would be worried about that too. They would be aware of the fact that to achieve glory in the league, they would have to secure points against the strong sides.
Jermaine Jenas, a player of the championship side Queens Park Rangers, also had the same thing to say yesterday when he was in the studio of a TV channel as an analyst.
JENAS IS LUCKY
Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has lavished praise on QPR manager Harry Redknapp by saying that the club are extremely fortunate to have him as the manager.
QPR were relegated from the Premier league during the regime of Redknapp, but it is largely seen as the fault of his predecessors rather than the former Portsmouth manager. He is one of the few English managers with the experience of having managed in the Champions League knockout stages when he got Tottenham to the quarter-final stage of the competition.
NEW CONTRACT HOPES
Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has said that he is confident of securing a new contract at Loftus Road.
The QPR midfielder has largely been used as a substitute by manager Harry Redknapp, but he feels that the club will decide to keep him at the end of the season.
Jenas is one of the high earning players in the squad. It is expected that QPR may consider extending his contract only they are promoted to the Premier league because they will not be able to sustain his wages for long in the Championship.
Manchester United has dominated the Premier League since the year it was created back in 1992; the club won the title 13 times more than any other English club. The acquisition of Robin Van Persie from Arsenal brightened up things even more for them.
During the last few seasons, Wayne Rooney was the star for Manchester United by playing a pivotal role for the squad but ever since Robin Van Persie joined the club things have been taking a turn for English striker as he now plays in a different role.
The former Arsenal player started his career with Manchester United in an explosive way as he scored 26 goals in his 1st season with the club.
David Moyes took charge of the club after Sir. Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from coaching after leading Manchester United from 1986 until 2013.
Rooney and Moyes have already encountered problems when they met in Everton, this bad relationship has concerned Rooney making him even state that he might leave the club.
Since the arrival of Moyes, Manchester United has been struggling to retain their Premier League. A disappointing start of the season leaves them in the 8th place of the standings with 4 victories out of the 9 games played.
As.Roma’s midfielder Miralem Pjanic is a big target of the English club as he can fill in the position of the aging Ryan Giggs with a transfer expected to be around the region of £25 million.
United may have to pay more than £25m for Pjanic as Roma are adamant they do not want to sell midway through a remarkable campaign. The 23 year-old has been at the heart of a three-man midfield alongside another of Manchester United’s former targets, Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman.
Hull City make bid for Jermaine Jenas
Newly promoted Premier League club Hull City AFC have offered £ 1.5 to Championship club Queens Park Rangers for England midfielder Jermaine Jenas and manager Steve Bruce believes it will be enough to land the Loftus Road midfielder with the relegated club looking to cut costs.
Bruce has turned his attentions to the former Newcastle United man after losing out on primary target Wilson Palacios of Stoke City. Bruce is targeting a central midfielder of Premier League pedigree and was targeting Palacios but it seems he has all but given up hope of landing the Honduran international who looks set to swap the Britannia Stadium for Queens Park Rangers with Harry Redknapp keen to clinch a deal for him after effectively giving up hope of landing Tottenham Hotspur man Scott Parker.
The former Spurs boss was willing to land the England midfielder and was ready to offer the £ 2 million price tag set by Andre Villas Boas but the move was hampered by Parker’s reluctance to drop down from the Premier League into the Championship with a World Cup year approaching.
And this has led to an unbelievable chain of events that has seen former Sunderland and Birmingham City boss Bruce go for another former Spurs player in the form of Jermaine Jenas. Bruce has already completed deals for six players in the summer transfer window as he looks to secure Premier League football after promotion with the signing of former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper on a yearlong deal.
According to Bruce, the vast majority of players in the squad at this moment are eager to prove themselves in the Premier League after not making the grade with several top clubs, such as the likes of James Chester and George Boyd and he hopes Jermaine Jenas will join them.
TOUGH FIGHT FOR QPR
QPR face a very tough fight in order to remain in the Premier league with just eight matches remaining in the season. They are a massive seven points adrift of safety.
Even though they managed to back-to-back victories recently, their main competitors like Aston Villa have also been able to pull away as well. According to QPR manager Harry Redknapp, the club needs to replicate the way that Barcelona play their football in order to have any chance of survival in the league.
Barcelona are regarded as one of the best teams in the world. They have managed to win the Champions League title twice in the last five years. Even though they are best known for their passing style of football, the work that goes on off the ball is also extremely important towards the success of the team. Barcelona remain as one of the high pressing teams, who do not give their opposition time and space on the ball. Redknapp reckons that QPR needs to adopt this similar strategy in the remaining eight games of the season.
Redknapp has had success with avoiding relegation with clubs in the past. However, this has always been seen as a very tough task for the former Tottenham manager, who replaced Mark Hughes a few months ago.
“The best teams work the hardest. People think the best teams just play football. It’s a fallacy. The best team in the world is Barcelona and they are hardest-working team. They work harder than anyone else without the ball and they work harder than anyone else with it. We’ve got to work hard too. It’s not a case of picking scrappers. Whoever I pick, whether they think they’re skilful players or not, they’ve all got to work,” said Redknapp. QPR will be making an away trip to Fulham during the weekend.
Jermaine Jenas has said that he is training very hard these days to improve his fitness.
Jenas has recently joined QPR after leaving Tottenham Hotspur. He signed for QPR on the last day of the mid season transfer window. The transfer fee has not been revealed yet. Jenas has signed a contract of one and half years for QPR.
Jenas played his first match for QPR a couple of days back against Norwich City. He came to play as substitute in the 69th minute of that match. During his 25 minutes stay on the field, the English midfielder looked in good nick.
Jenas talked to the reporters after the match against Norwich City. When asked whether he is satisfied with his performance in his debut match for QPR, Jenas said, “Yes, I think I played well. I hadn’t played much in the last couple of months. So, it was nice to go on the field for about 25 minutes.”
“Now, my target is to get a starting opportunity for QPR and I know that I need to improve my fitness for that. As I said that I had been out of action since quite a while, so, my fitness has deteriorated a bit. But, I am trying to improve it. I am training hard.”
Jenas played for 8 years for his previous club Tottenham Hotspur. He featured for the Spurs in 155 matches and scored 21 goals for them. When asked about his tenure at Tottenham, Jenas said, “I enjoyed playing in Tottenham shirt for so many years. I got the chance to work with a couple of great managers during my tenure at Tottenham and they helped me in improving my technique. I also got a lot of success at Tottenham. So, overall, it was a nice experience.”