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.
Leicester City managed to win the league and also promotion to the Premier league. Burnley expected to seal the final automatic promotion spot with only a handful of matches left. This would leave QPR going through the uncertain play-off places. Teams will have to play in the semifinals and eventually the finals in order to go through. The 2-0 defeat at the hands of Blackburn has left QPR 13 points behind Burnley with only a maximum of 15 left to get. It would take a monumental collapse from Burnley and a couple of other teams in order to QPR get promoted automatically.
QPR’s promotion challenge will depend upon the next match against Nottingham Forest for which Jenas is likely to be back.
“We need a result and quickly. We’re still missing five or six players and that’s really hurting us. We just need to get a result or two to get us into the play-offs. We’re focused on making the play-offs now. We’ve got a big cushion but we need to go on a run to make sure we’re heading into the play-offs with momentum,” said the Rangers boss. QPR have one of the highest wage bill in the division and it could be a problem if they do not get promoted.