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Pathetic QPR down in shame

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Pathetic QPR down in shame amid a disastrous Premier League season

With the Premier League season over, here's a look back at Queens Park Rangers' campaign as thoughts turn towards the summer and next season.

Your season in a sentence and final grade: F

Highlight

Winning 4-1 away at West Brom gave long-suffering away supporters something to cheer about and gave a few of them false hope for Premier League survival.

Bobby Zamora's goal was sublime and he deserved that after an impressive second half of the season where he was correctly used by head coach Chris Ramsey as a target man as often as possible. Charlie Austin got another goal as did Joey Barton; the pantomime villain or socialist hero depending on your personal persuasion.

Low point

Sandro being ineligible for the 6-0 defeat at Manchester City was really embarrassing. The club and its chairman drone on about their long-term ethos, culture and plan but they can't make sure the most fundamental pieces of paperwork are in place for the day-to-day running of a football club.

Star man

Austin has been an incredible player for QPR and when he leaves in the summer for a Premier League side, most probably Southampton, he will be one of the few who will be able to stroll out of Loftus Road with his head held high to a standing ovation. He got QPR promoted last season playing for long periods with a damaged shoulder and did everything he possibly could and more to try to keep them up this season.

Charlie Austin registered 18 goals and five assists in 35 Premier League appearances for QPR.

Flop

Adel Taarabt. Fans should end their love affair with the one-time magical Moroccan. The midfielder was once a gift from the footballing Gods but now he is almost the perfect embodiment of the bloated QPR the club's current regime is trying to move away from. For too many seasons now he has clashed with good people at the club and even those with the lengthiest tethers should consign the playmaker to the past.

Throughout his QPR career he has had poor advisors, perhaps bad management, a rank attitude and an over-active appetite. For many Rangers fans of a recent generation he is their first love after missing out on the likes of Rodney Marsh and Stan Bowles. But those flings by their very nature don't last forever and this one has severely soured. But with two years left on his contract there are still plenty of twists and turns to come.

Expectations for the summer

Around 15 players could leave at the end of the season when their contract or loan expires. Austin will be sold to the highest Premier League bidder and waved off with best wishes, a few others will sneak out the back door with nothing more than bulging pockets. Malingerer-in-chief Taarabt still has two years left on his £65,000-a-week deal so more desperate attempts to offload him to anyone are likely.

Netherlands international Leroy Fer is unlikely to fancy a season in the Championship, which seems odd as it's the second consecutive season he's helped get a side relegated down to there. Rob Green should be allowed to leave if he wants to as he has been a fantastic servant and Alex McCarthy is a more than capable second-tier goalkeeper.

The club will try to promote academy graduates but is has been an area of the club laid to waste for so long that it is unlikely many will be ready. The club now has a large number of former Tottenham coaches so a few of their youngsters could be snapped up.

Prediction for next year

Due to the financial cesspit the club finds itself in, despite their best efforts to weasel out of the competition rules they happily signed up for the last time they joined the Championship, the owners will need to bounce back immediately. There will be little time for rebuilding, expect another desperate attempt at promotion by any means necessary.

Wally Downes Jr. is a reporter for Hayters sports agency in London and a contributor to ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @WallyDownes_Jr.

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