Vital Football

Latest Swansea City News

Championship Q & A: QPR

Championship Q & A: QPR

Vital QPR editor Adam Boxer answers our questions ahead of the new 2009/2010 Championship season.

1. Your name and Club Supported:

Adam Boxer - Queens Park Rangers

2. Your League Position last season:


3. Your Prediction For this Season's Position Finish:


4. Transfers In:

Alejandro Faurlín (Instituto - £3.5m), Alessandro Pellicori (Avellino - Free), Adel Taarabt (Tottenham Hotspur - Loan)

5. Transfer Out:

Lee Camp (Nottingham Forest - Undisclosed), Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest - Undisclosed), Damien Delaney (Ipswich Town - Undisclosed). Released: Zesh Rehman (Bradford City), Jake Cole (Barnet), Jordi López (Swansea City), Liam Miller, Danny Maguire, Chris Arthur.

6. Have you made enough signings for the new season? Are they the right signings?

There is a consensus among QPR supporters that we have not strengthened enough for the coming campaign, and there could be more to come from Rangers.

We have gambled on an unknown Argentinean in a fee rising to £3.5m, in truth the initial payment is nowhere near that mark - with some ending up in the pockets of Inter Milan who had first refusal on the player.

Adel Taarabt is an exciting prospect, but against Tottenham and QPR fans will agree that while he has a lot of exciting talent, other parts of his game require development to ensure he becomes the finished article.

Magilton stated after taking over that he would assess his options in the squad before strengthening, and would only look to replace players that leave - so far the departures outweigh the inclusions and so we wait with baited breath!

Are they the right signings? Well we already have an accomplished set-up in my opinion, an we lost a season last time out through injuries to influential players - Rowlands, Buzsaky, Vine to name but three.

I think the couple of new additions combined with our current squad could see us over the horizon and into the playoffs - that all depends on many variables including how strong the teams coming down/up are, and whether we decide to stick the ball in the back of the net to supplement our outstanding defensive form.

7. What are the expectations amongst the fans for this year?

Tempered expecation this year I think. Fans had their fingers burnt last year with empty promises and hollow boasts, and I am cautiously optimistic about the campaign.

I would obviously love to see us get playoffs or better, but that would be my heart ruling my head, as it so often does. The reality of the situation is that we must strengthen further upfront, and in full back areas to really threaten the division's elite.

8. Key player(s)

The one we haven't signed yet? That would be a common answer across the board in the Championship I think! In seriousness Adel Taarabt is a match changing player and could be the one to put us on the right footing. While being undoubtedly blessed with talent, he needs to harness this ability if his time with QPR is to be mutually beneficial.

Elsewhere, we have a very specialy commodity in Angelo Balanta. The young Colombian is without a doubt the most exciting thing to grace the QPR youth system in a long time, and I hope this season is his coming of age.

9. Your thoughts ahead of the new Championship campaign, are you confident or worried going into the new season? How do you think your year will pan out?

Well, as previously mentioned, it's a case of cautious optimism. I wasn't overly-impressed that we appointed Magilton in the first place, but he is growing on me by the day - as is the importance of his assistant John Gorman.

If the two work well together and get the best out of the players at their disposal, then the sky is the limit for us. We have to be realistic and understand that we won't have our best players available all the time and need to strengthen with squad players.

If we correct our faults of last season and keep up our outstanding goalscoring record, then this could be an exciting season for the R's.

10. Predict the Top 2 and Play-off winner and the 3 clubs to go down

Champions - Sheffield United: They have the necessary fire power to kick them on to the Premier League this time out. The signing of Ched Evans set their intentions fairly clearly and I would be surprised if they didn't go one better this season and return to the Premier League.

Promoted - Middlesbrough: Whenever they have loaned a player out to the Championship, they usually do the business, and with a squad full of young talent, combined with some experienced pro's, I can't look beyond Southgate's men for second place.

Playoffs - Nottingham Forest: This all depends on whether their new signings manage to gel. This is not based on Dexter Blackstock, but on the likes of Adebola, McGoldrick and Earnshaw will be enough to take them to the playoffs. Lee Camp I believe is an inspired capture by Davies, and at a cut-price too.

Going Down - Watford: Not that I would take any satisfaction in this whatsoever, but it seems the Hornets are working on a shoestring, and the appointment of Malky Mackay has set their intention from the off - reminds me of QPR appointing Holloway back in 2001, cheap and available.

Going Down - Scunthorpe: Sorry Iron fans but I think your stay will be as brief as last time. While Gary Hooper and Paul Hayes have fired in League One, it has been proven that they cannot cut the mustard at this level. Even if they do find their touch at Glanford Park, I cannot see the defence standing up to what are some powerful attacking sides in the Championship.

Going Down - Barnsley: Simon Davey has done a good job at Oakwell in the last few seasons, staving off relegation with the Tykes. But it appears that the voices of discontent are beginning to sound, and a bad start could see Davey out of a job and the Tykes out of time.

Thanks to Adam Boxer for answering our questions.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday August 5 2009
Time: 5:30PM


I think they'll finish just below the play-offs
05/08/2009 17:41:00
I'm not sure, my opinion seems to fluctuate by the day! I think that we've got a chance of the playoffs. If we're consistent enough I think it'll be tough to stop our attack.
05/08/2009 17:47:00
It's a tough one, there's a lot of clubs who are capable of competing for a play off place, QPR, Ipswich, Us, Forest, Sheffield Wed, Sheff United (probably automatic), Reading, the list goes on.
05/08/2009 17:51:00
i think we will have a great year under sousa and get to play-offs who knows after that
05/08/2009 19:50:00
what is it about forest they have brought in a few players like qpr did last season and now everyone thinks they are going up and look at the last season place and the defence!
Rs fan super hoop
05/08/2009 20:33:00
everyone is quietly optamistic at this stage of the season
05/08/2009 21:33:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Swansea City Articles

Talking Tactics: Pass Map: Swansea City 0-0 Watford

A look at Swansea City's passmap from Saturday's 0-0 draw at home against Watford, what was our main weakness in the game?

Mawson Aiming To Make Same Impact As Ashley Williams

Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson says he's hoping to make the same impact as Ashley Williams did

Rate The Players: Swansea City 0-0 Watford

Rate the players' performances in the 0-0 draw at home against Watford

Mawson Determined To Keep His Place After Impressive Debut

After an impressive debut, Alfie Mawson is now determined to keep his first team place

Archived Vital Swansea City Articles

Vital Swansea City articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Vote for your man of the match vs Watford
Suggested By:
van der Hoorn9%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 9 6 2 1 20 11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 20 10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 9
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 10
5 Spurs 9 5 4 0 19 9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 15 5
7 Man Utd 9 4 2 3 14 1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 13 3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 12 0
10 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 -4
13 WBA 9 2 4 3 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 10 -5
15 West Ham 9 3 1 5 10 -7
16 Stoke 9 2 3 4 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 7 -14
19 Swansea 9 1 2 6 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 2 -10
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Swansea City Results (view all)

Swansea City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 31 2016 8:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 3:00PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Everton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

7.Dennis Downing21
9.Phil W10
Write for Vital Football