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With Richard Langley AFTER QPR s 0-0 draw with Palace, all hopes of making the top six have been squandered. Although it s not yet mathematically impossible, it will take nothing less than a string of miracles for the dream to be kept alive.  The emphasi

With Richard Langley

AFTER QPR's 0-0 draw with Palace, all hopes of making the top six have been squandered.

Although it's not yet mathematically impossible, it will take nothing less than a string of miracles for the dream to be kept alive.

The emphasis from the board down to the players now has to be on next season.


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Stability throughout the club is paramount and Paulo Sousa needs time to develop the club with his ideas.

This means having the right preparation for next season and making his own shrewd purchases when the window opens again.

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However, in my opinion, it also means that the manager is given the chance to take sole responsibility over the players at the club.

That means having total control over which players are being signed, sold or loaned in or out.

The recent loan of Dexter Blackstock to Nottingham Forest came as a surprise to the Rangers fans - and more importantly the manager.

This shock move will have disgruntled most at QPR, including players, especially considering his constant goal threat over the last three seasons.

Having Sousa in command of all decisions is the only way to get a true reflection on his work at QPR.

There needs to be more transparency and honesty with regard to who is making the final decisions. After all, the onus will be on the manager should things not work out.

We have a lot of successful businessmen taking care of the finances at the club - but that is where I believe their input should stop.

If we can presume that Sousa is to gain the ability to make his own choices at the club, this season will be put down to a learning curve.

But having seen what the Championship is made up of and what it takes to be successful, I think judgement on the former Portugal star will not officially start until August.

IF you have any questions or comments to put to Richard, you can email us at nwl.sport@archant.co.uk

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