Championship play-off final - Five talking points

Queens Park Rangers win the Championship play-off final and a spot in the Premier League - what can be taken away from the game?

What of QPR and FFP?

QPR's promotion has them potentially facing a fine of up to £50 million. Despite achieving promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt, Rangers' squad is still full of overpaid, ageing stars - a trait that will reportedly continue with potential deals for Rio Ferdinand and Joleon Lescott lined up. High wages will take priority over repaying FFP debt, and the Premier League have announced that they will do nothing to aid the Football League in acquiring their money - considering the matter to be none of its business. Whether QPR owner Tony Fernandes can avoid FFP will have to be seen, although if he intends to continue running his club in the same manner, he will undoubtedly come under scrutiny once again.

What of Steve McClaren?

McLaren has done a wondrous job at the iPro Stadium, securing the Rams a record points total of 85 since joining from Harry Redknapp's backroom staff at Loftus Road. Having rebuilt his reputation in Europe following his disastrous spell as England head-coach in 2007, the 53-year old will likely be considered for a number of vacant Premier League managerial roles. He is almost certain to remain at Derby for the immediate future, as he attempts to lead them over the final hurdle next season - but how long can a once-again well respected manager remain in the second tier?

What of Derby's players?

The Rams have had a squad to make numerous clubs jealous - a mixture of youth and experience which lead them to the play-off final. However, it is hard to tell how long this team will remain together; Andre Wisdom, George Thorne and Patrick Bamford will surely be returning to Liverpool, West Brom and Chelsea respectively as their loan deals end - and it is hard to imagine a second season in the Championship would benefit their progression. Local boy Will Hughes has drawn much admiration from the Premier League, and a top-tier move is surely not far off, whilst the same could be said for top-scorer Chris Martin.

What of QPR's Premier League survival?

The last two seasons of Premier League football for QPR were embroiled in distress at Loftus Road, as final-day survival in 2012 gave way to relegation in 2013. The first-team squad has remained fairly similar since those days, and many will place the R's as relegation favourites. However, the squad is full of quality players with years of Premier League experience behind them - a vastly important trait in the top-tier. Also, as has been seen before, relegation favourites will do their utmost to stay in the division.

What of the play-offs?

It is a question which arises every year - are the play-offs a fair process for determining promotion to the Premier League? The last two seasons have seen the third placed team fall at Wembley, with the weaker team over the league season securing promotion through a one-off match. There is no denying that Derby comprehensively outplayed their promotion rivals at Wembley, but Bobby Zamora's goal has become the deciding factor over a 49-game campaign. For all the delight in winning the play-off final - and the monetary benefits that the Football League receive from hosting such an event - the losing team will always feel as if they have been cheated out of a spot in the top-flight. It is hard to imagine the system will change in the near future, but that will not stop the arguments rolling on.

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