The Self-Destruction Of Queens Park Rangers

Gavin DyerCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30:  Alejandro Faurlin of QPR jumps above Marcus Williams of Scunthorpe during the Coca-Cola Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Scunthorpe United at Loftus Road on January 30, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Like many other life long QPR fans we now seem to be enduring another slide into oblivion.

From a small humble team founded over 100 years ago, they rose steadily through the ranks of the lower divisions to their first major trophy win in the 1966/67 season to beat West Bromwich Albion to win the League Cup and promotion in the same season. 

The likes of Rodney Marsh graced the turf at Loftus Road, bringing in the fans to enjoy the spectacle of such a footballing wizard. Over the years his lofty position has been filled by the likes of Stan Bowles, Trevor Sinclair, Gerry Francis and Les Ferdinand.

Alas the heyday of playing in the leagues top flight, having the Championship title stolen from their grasp and competing on the European stage are now a distant but fond memory for the die-hards amongst us.

The lure of businesses getting into the game, not for the love but seen as a way to make easy money has led to the club's bitter and sad decline. Owners have come and gone. Managers have been changed more often than I can remember. This all led to a drop to the lower reaches of English league football and almost extinction.

Then the days of possible improvement came back to the club. Many hoped for the glory years of playing infront of a full-house each week against the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs.

At the start of the 2009/2010 season this all seemed a very distinct possibility of happening. But then came the rot. A team owner who believes in what he says goes, giving no manager a chance to form and mould a team into a consistent winning side. How many managers will QPR go through this season is beyond any reasonable amount of idea, but I am sure we have not seen the last of any changes.

All the fans ask for, and deserve, is some form of consistency. A good well-known and successful manager to come in, money to expand and strengthen a proud team, and last but not least time to allow this manager to work with the players to form a cohesive and working team. Maybe the great early season run of success can return, and the team look to a play-off position. If lady luck is on their side promotion is still possible but a large input of cash to get a squad strong enough to play in the world's elite football stage is a must, just to guarantee survival.

To a once great team, I will always dream of the Boys from the Bush playing back at the top......