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Lackluster Draw Between QPR and Reading Prove They had to be Relegated

QPR Logo at Loftus Road (Google Creative Commons)

QPR Logo at Loftus Road (Google Creative Commons)

Fighting for your status in the English Premier League is supposed to be one of the most spirited things for fans to watch in the final weeks of the season.

On Sunday, Queens Park Rangers and Reading showed everyone watching around the world why they deserved to be relegated with three matches left in the season.

Reading has looked out of place in the EPL all season but they have given us some memorable moments like their 7-5 Capital One Cup loss to Arsenal and their 4-3 league loss to Manchester United.

The Royals also sacked former manager Brian McDermott at a horrible point in the season and once McDermott was let go, all neutrals pulling for the club pulled their support.

Current manager Nigel Adkins was handed a difficult task at the Madjeski Stadium during the final few months of the season and it comes as no surprise that the Royals are headed back to the Championship after just one season away from the second flight.

QPR provided plenty of fireworks in their late-season survival hunt last season but they have done a complete 180 degree turn this season and has made everyone wonder what they were even doing in the EPL in the first place.

The high payroll of the club brought in a plethora of transfers during all four transfer windows that QPR participated in while in the EPL.

Now, a firesale is imminent and there is no doubt that QPR will have another brand-new squad in the Championship next season.

Many people though that Harry Redknapp could turn the sinking ship at Loftus Road after he took over at the club in January but the hire made by owner Tony Fernandes was not enough to keep his club in the top flight for a third straight season.

Most of the blame at QPR should be put on the shoulders of the players but Redknapp did not get the job done either as he failed to unify the most disfunctional group of players in the EPL and maybe even all of Europe.

We may not see Reading or QPR for another few seasons in the EPL and we can only hope that the other two clubs that join Cardiff City in the top flight next season will learn from the mistakes of this season’s relegated clubs and make life in the EPL exciting next season.

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