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Cesar does not expect QPR stay

17 May 2013 10:35

Julio Cesar has confirmed that he will be leaving Queens Park Rangers at the end of the Premier League season.

The Brazilian arrived at Loftus Road in August 2012, signing a four-year contract with the club, but they have struggled this season and their relegation was confirmed at the end April after a 0-0 draw with Reading.

Cesar has made 26 appearances for the club in all competitions throughout 2012-13, keeping just five clean sheets and conceding 37 goals as QPR finished bottom of the table.

The club may be preparing for life in the Championship, but Cesar has revealed that his future lies away from QPR, although he will play in their final league game against Liverpool on Sunday.

"My future today is aquestion mark," he told Sportv. "I have three more years on my contract, but the manager (Harry Redknapp) has already made it clear that it will be hard for me to stay at the club.

"I am happy he thinks that way, it is a sign that my work is being recognised. I dedicated as much as I could to QPR.

"He (Redknapp) had told me that I wouldn't start any more games as I won't be staying at the club. Now he has asked me to play the last game,and that makes me happy.

"I will try to play well and do my best."

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Fernandes: No quick fix for QPR

14 May 2013 17:16

Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes will be patient in the club's efforts to return to the Premier League.

QPR were relegated following a 0-0 draw with Reading in April, and Fernandes warned that instant promotion back to the top flight will not be easy.

He is also looking to review the club's policy on player recruitment, after a series of expensive failures in the transfer market.

"The beauty of next year - if there is a beauty - is I can do what I want," Fernandes told the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle.

"We've always been chasing our tails trying to stay up. But if it has to be two years to get it right with the right players then we'll do it.

"If we spend to get out quickly, we can come back quickly. So it's a case of let's try and get the right players and right culture.

"Other things have a good foundation here, we haven't got that on the playing side."

QPR have won just four games this season, and currently sit bottom of the Premier League table with just one game remaining.

They finish their campaign with a trip to Anfield to play Liverpool on Sunday.

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Reading and QPR relegated from the Premier League

28 April 2013 16:24

Reading and QPR's relegation from the Premier League has been confirmed by the sides' 0-0 draw on Sunday.

Both teams required a win at the Madejski Stadium to prolong their stay in the English top flight and consign their opponents to the Championship.

However, a stalemate has sealed the pair's fate, ensuring that they will play in the second tier when the 2013-14 campaign kicks off.

QPR and Reading have earned just 25 points from their 35 fixtures thus far, and will battle to avoid finishing rock bottom over the remaining three games.

Reading's relegation comes just one season after they were promoted to the Premier League as champions under the stewardship of Brian McDermott.

The Englishman was replaced by Nigel Adkins in March, despite having just earned the Manager of the Month award for January.

QPR were also unable to turn their season around following a managerial change, with Mark Hughes - who kept his side up on the last day of the 2011-12 campaign - replaced by Harry Redknapp in November.

Adkins' men have won just four league games all season, while their opponents on Sunday have tasted victory on only five occasions.

The final relegation spot is currently occupied by Wigan, who have 32 points, though several teams remain under threat of becoming the third team to go down.

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Premier League: Reading 0 QPR 0

28 April 2013 16:23

Reading and QPR were both relegated from the Premier League after they played out a dull 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday.

Both sides needed a win to keep their mathematical chances of survival alive, but the match was a perfect example of why they will be playing in the Championship next season, with a lack of cutting edge and genuine quality clearly evident.

QPR's Esteban Granero was denied by the woodwork from an early free-kick, while at the other end, Jose Bosingwa made a goal-line clearance to deny Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak, but that was as close as either side got to scoring in a match that failed to inspire.

While Reading kept the same side that lost 2-1 to Norwich City last week, with striker Adam Le Fondre remaining on the bench, the visitors made five changes.

The likes of Jermaine Jenas, Granero and Jay Bothroyd won recalls as QPR's record signing, defender Chris Samba, was left out of the squad, while Tottenham loanee Andros Townsend was sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Reading started brightly but it was their opponents who came closest to opening the scoring, with Spaniard Granero shaving the crossbar with a 12th-minute free-kick.

QPR almost scored again shortly after, as a terrific ball from Stephane Mbia released Bothroyd, but the forward saw his effort – which was clipped over Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy – bounce agonisingly wide.

A quick free-kick caught QPR napping seven minutes before the break and a header across the face of goal caused chaos, although Reading striker Pogrebnyak was unable to clearly strike both of his half-chances before Bosingwa cleared off the line.

Reading captain Jobi McAnuff hit a decent effort from outside of the area but it was comfortably saved by QPR goalkeeper Robert Green, while two penalty appeals from the hosts were turned down as both sides headed into the half-time break goalless.

The visitors were impressive immediately after half-time, with

Loic Remy's header – which went over from a corner – a warning sign for

Reading.

Taarabt had two good efforts shortly after, but he

scuffed his initial attempt at McCarthy before side-footing wide.

It was then Reading's turn to enjoy a good spell, as the

hosts cranked up the pressure after the hour mark.

First, Pogrebnyak cut inside and curled an attempt just

wide of the right-hand post before Guthrie's long-range effort was saved by

Green.

QPR were enjoying good spells of possession but Reading

continued to threaten when they went forward and the introduction of Le Fondre

spurred them on, with Pogrebnyak heading over from close range.

Le Fondre did the same in the 80th minute, after a

terrific Guthrie cross, while defender Shane Morrison had a good header tipped over by Green in the dying stages.

At the other end, McCarthy spilled a Bothroyd shot, but he recovered quickly for Reading, as both sides were forced to settle for an ultimately meaningless point.

With three matches remaining for both sides in the Premier League season, they will only have pride to play for as a disappointing campaign draws to a close.

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Relegation looms for Reading and Queens Park Rangers

26 April 2013 16:25

The first relegation spot could be confirmed this weekend as the bottom two, Reading and Queens Park Rangers, meet at the Madejski Stadium.

Both sides are 10 points from safety with four games remaining and know that a defeat in this fixture will cost them their Premier League status.

A victory may only give either side a brief stay of execution, however, as even with a victory both sides could find themselves relegated to the Championship by Monday night if Aston Villa beat Sunderland.

Harry Redknapp insists that his QPR side will not struggle to get themselves up for the clash and hopes that his squad will maintain their passion even if they are playing at a lower level next term.

"They get paid, they've got to be motivated. If they're not, we'll start paying them again when they are," Redknapp said.

"It shouldn't be hard to keep the players motivated. I keep myself motivated. I left home at 6am.

"I've still got the hunger otherwise I wouldn't do it. It will be a big challenge. You're not just going to walk through that league."

Neither side are in particularly good form going into the game with Reading having failed to win since early February, and Redknapp’s side having not recorded a win in their last five attempts.

New Reading manager Nigel Adkins, who has only seen his side pick up one point from a possible 12 since he took over from Brian McDermott in March, will give a late fitness tests to Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu, Jimmy Kebe and Hope Akpan.

Adam Federici and Jason Roberts are definitely ruled out for the bottom side with ankle and hip injuries respectively.

QPR have only won twice on their travels this season and will be keen to get influential midfielder Adel Taarabt back involved, however the Morocco international faces a late fitness test on his shoulder.

Redknapp’s side will definitely be without striker Bobby Zamora as he serves the final game of his three-match suspension following his sending off against Wigan.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25