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Why QPR is an exciting team to manage in FM2020 - and my quest for Champions League

A QPR fan with one goal - Champions League football within 5 seasons...
Started on 11 November 2019 by FMQPR2020
Latest Reply on 14 January 2020 by nextqprmanager
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...Ambitious; I know!

Before I start, I wanted to share some background. I am a QPR fan, and the start of this season outside of FM has made things really exciting for an FM save. For those who don't follow the Championship teams, QPR have been in a transitional period for some time, realising that paying players £100K+ when you have a stadium that can only hold 18,000 punters. It's been a long transition, with many managers involved - The highly detested Mark Hughes, arguably start of our downfall, the wheeler-dealer Harry Redknapp, the Youth Coach Chris Ramsey (Still at the club as a Technical Director, fortuantely), the prolific-striker-come-prodigy-manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the downright insane Ian Holloway, to last seasons Inconsistent Dutch Translator; Schteve Maclaren. We've had it all.

This season, we've installed former Brentford manager Mark Warburton, know for developing young talents from unknown origins and making them into profitable stars. Mark has decided that there has been a culture brewed within the camp of mediocrity - you know, when you have all these individual great players that have served the club well; but you just doubt their ability to take you any further (we've all had those difficult decisions to make with a former hot prospect regen who just won't develop the way you dreamed!)

In the summer transfer window at the start of the game, QPR have already brought in 14 players and shifted the same, whilst only spending £60k in total. They have a respectable transfer budget available of £2.5m, if you promise the board the earth, and so still have scope to improve. They also have some really exciting talents to develop, Ilias Chair as an Attacking Mid, Bright Osayi Samuel as an attacking winger (17 pace, 16 acceleration, 16 flair - but not much else above 10!) and the talisman youngster Ebere Eze. As I write this, Eze is the highest rated player in the Championship this season after 16 appearances according to WhoScored. High stats in Dribbling, Flair, Composure, as well as respectable physical stats makes him an exciting prospect to develop.

I'll be using a 4-3-3 with a Half Back DM and Wingers to try to compete with the heavy spenders of the Championship and develop a cohesive team with high team morale. I don't plan to make too many more signings to start with, maybe just 2-3 (how many times have we all said that to ourselves?) but the aim is clear - Champions League football within 5 seasons or bust.

But can this team, who have barely played together, with a rotten history and the odds against them, push on to achieve greatness and defy odds to become a regular in the top 4 of the most competitive league in them all.

Follow my journey on Instagram / qprfm2020

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