QPR 17-18 - End of Season review
I always hoped that this journey would be fun and of great interest to me and the guys who are following this. I though to myself I was pretty certain the way this journey was going so at the start of the season when the board asked me to enjoy the season I though thanks alot. Did I set myself a goal? Answer was yes I was looking for mid table or just below as long as I was clear of the drop zone I was happy.
So what happened to me in the Championship?
I will tell you what happened. I was never any lower than 8th the whole season. I was only out of the top 6 for a total of two weeks and even led the league for a whole week. So yes I was very happy with my season. So where did I finish for the season well that was 5th and a date with the play off's.
In the semi Final of the play offs I drew 4th place Bolton and the first leg at Loftus Road we finished 0 - 0 and to look at the fact that QPR had never beat Bolton in the whole time I had been a football manager so I thought OK I might lose this but what a ride I finally think that I deserve to be here.
So the Second Leg away at the Reebok and after 80 mins it was 0 - 0. I decided not to change a thing just sub a defender for a fitter defender and bought on Kris Commons for a 18 year old winger who was struggling and what happened next was Roy of the Rovers stuff. Two crosses by Commons and the full time whistle sounds with us winning 2 - 0 a Pagano double from the crosses.
So the Play off Final arrived again I thought play tight because firstly not got a great record against Norwich as a final and also play off finals are usually tight affairs with no space. So going in at Half Time 4 - 0 up I was a little shocked and changed nothing and not long after the break it went 5 - 0. Norwich then began to fight back and my heart just sank as there was nothing I could do as it went 5 - 1, 5 - 2, 5 - 3...
Then a moment of magic and 6 - 3 and QPR are going to the premier league. Special mention for the play off final goes to Wagner for a amazing hat trick from right wing.
Play off Final
So as you can guess I am overjoyed, the fans are and the board are. We were also the overachievers in the league. So when the first ball is kicked in August I will have managed at every level of the English game. Another positive is that I am now a national reputation manager.
I put this season down to one thing and that is how good we were in front of goal with 98 goals scored in the season. Joe Ryan with 32 goals on his own and Sabino Pagano managed just the 21.
Manager of the Year Runner up
This is the end of a great season but the biggest challenge is ahead!
Key Players-Player of the Year - Sabino Pagano
1) Sabino Pagano
Another great season for the Italian sensation. I really think with this players goal scoring record he could easily make the Italy national team but it is if QPR and a big enough club to get noticed at. However he is also now eligable to play for England.
Played: 38 Goals: 21 Assists: 15 MoM: 3 Average Rating: 7.28
2) Joe Ryan
Great season from the 23 year old striker who when I arrived was classed as a trouble maker but now is a club hero. If he and Sabino have half as good a season in the prem as he has in the championship I will be laughing.
Played: 45 Goals: 32 Assists: 10 MoM: 10 Average Rating: 7.32
3) Corry Evans
This guy has been my midfield general and as helped the defence well and additionally chipped in with a few assists and control of the midfield.
Played: 45 Goals: 0 Assists: 9 MoM: 0 Average Rating: 7.14
Special Mention: Elias Wagner
This guy has done nothing but amaze me. I bought him in the Blue Square South for Bishop's Stortford and still this guy is producing in the Championship but can he make the next step up I really hope so because he is my greatest ever sucsess as a player.
Played: 38 Goals: 8 Assists: 7 MoM: 2 Average Rating: 7.04
Around the leagues
Relegated: Southampton, Wigan, Birmingham
Promoted: Stoke, QPR
Relegated: Cardiff, Bradford, Hull
Promoted: Millwall, Rushden
Relegated: Gillingham, Torquay, Mansfield, Grimsby
Promoted: Bury, MK Dons, Oxford
Relegated: Bristol Rovers, Lincoln
Blue Square Premier
Relegated: Accrington, Lewes, Ilkeston, Nuneaton
Blue Square North
Blue Square South
FA Cup: Liverpool
League Cup: Liverpool
Community Shield: Man City
FA Trophy: Crawley
European Cup: Lyon
Euro Cup: Barcelona
Club World Champions: Lyon
European Super Cup: Lyon
World Cup Winners: Argentina (England eliminated in Quarter Finals losing 3-1 to Argentina)
Also 2018 world cup went to Russia to host.