After just one season in the Premier League, there have been few things to cheer about for the R’s, and head coach Chris Ramsey will likely lose his job if the club fall out of the Premier League.
This is just one of many consequences of the West Londoners losing their Premier League status, but just how exactly will they cope with the act of relegation?
Firstly, the real threat of relegation coincides with the question of where QPR will actually be playing next term. As per a report in the Guardian last year, the R’s could be relegated all the way out of the Football League should they be relegated, due to Financial Fair Play restrictions.
Whilst there is still no confirmation as to the likelihood of this happening, the very real threats that the R's will face revolve around the make-up of their squad. Outstanding key figures like Rob Green and Charlie Austin are sure to leave to remain in the Premier League, and a number of other overpaid high-profile names will likely push for moves away from Loftus Road to also return to the top flight.
This will considerably weaken QPR’s squad, and in a league as tough as the Championship, there is no guaranteeing that the R’s would be able to challenge for a place back in the top flight.
If they do cut most of their first-team players, they could easily suffer the same kind of season Fulham have had this term. After selling a number of players, the Cottagers have languished near the foot of the table, and securing promotion looks a far off dream.
Being relegated would be bad for any club, but it seems as if QPR would be hit even worse by the drop to the second tier. The other relegation candidates should be able to keep their squads together, but the R’s have a group of players who are good enough to get a place in the Premier League, and even if they are not kicked out of the Football League, getting back in the top flight could prove a bridge too far.