Q&A With Queens Park Rangers

Ahead of Bolton's game with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, we have got the views of a Hoops supporter.

Wanderers welcome Harry Redknapp's side to the Reebok Stadium for the weekend's early televised fixture, looking to secure their first home win of the season - following a 1-1 draw against Reading a fortnight ago.

Ahead of Saturday's Championship clash, we have been over to R's website JustAnnieQPR.com to get the views of Annie. In this edition of Q&A, Annie shares her views on QPR's disappointing spell in the Premier League, why immediate promotion isn't a necessity and why the possible return of Chris Eagles could make him the man to watch.

Q: After relegation from the Premier League, do you feel Harry Redknapp has sorted out what many outsiders thought was a mess last season?

A: To rewind, first of all, we were promoted to the Premier League with Neil Warnock at the helm. Before he'd reached his first transfer window, Mark Hughes was brought in and, to this day, I'm unsure why Warnock wasn't given the chance to start spending. But we'll never know how that would have worked out.

Hughes, with the approval of the board, started bringing in some big-name players. I have to confess, we all got very excited but it became clear very quickly that not all these players were here to play for the shirt and, instead, for the big time wages. A subject which would also serve to put the standing squad of players - players who are proud to pull on the hoops - noses out of joint. Yet again we had problems in the dressing room - and it ain't a very big dressing room I can tell you!

I think Tony Fernandes did his best to back his man, to be fair, but he finally brought in Harry Redknapp who quite frankly was on a hiding to nothing. Contracted players on silly wages, alongside lionheart stalwarts, players who helped get us promoted - Clint Hill, Sean Derry, Jamie Mackie, dare I say Adel Taarabt and the likes, it was a big ask. We were relegated, as predicted, and, dare I say, after a shambolic two seasons in the Premier League, whilst it hurt at first, now feels quite a relief!

So far this season, Harry has been able to take the reigns properly. He has already done a job shifting out a lot of the big guns and started bringing in some good players on sensible wages. We are still out for some players but, so far, I am delighted with how it's going. Even Joey Barton has come back to play with us like a changed man. We finally have a 'team' back out on the pitch, and I am very excited about the season ahead.

Q: Being one of the favourites to be promoted, who is your biggest rival and why?

A: Oh goodness, what a question!  The beauty - or pain - of this league is that everybody is capable of beating everybody else on their day. I'll confess, having been away from it for two years, I am a little out of touch, but I'd say there are a few teams that could be battling up at the top.

Watford and Reading have a great chance, but I also believe Wigan Athletic, Nottingham Forest and Bolton will be up there.

Q: Who, on the QPR teamsheet, should Bolton be wary of?

A: With Andy Johnson back fit and the new-boy Charlie Austin, I feel there are going to be many goals this season. But also watch out for Junior Hoilett, who seems very comfortable at Championship level. Nedum Onuoha has been on fire, and Joey Barton has started brightly - although not sure how long he will be around.

Q: Who do you believe is Bolton's biggest threat, and why?

A: Well I would have gone with Darren Pratley, due to his start to the season, but he is suspended. I then had a chat with my mate, who made a much more informed point, and I'm going to say Chris Eagles - if he's fit to play.

Ex-Burnley and United, a winger, a quality player. He's played very well against us in the past and scored on a few occasions too. He's one of the top players outside the Premier League.

Q: How damaging will it be if QPR don't get promoted this season?

A: Personally, I am not expecting immediate promotion and I don't see it as being damaging if we don't. We've a lot to learn from the last two seasons up there and until we do there is no point in trying to get back up.

We have started well. I am pleased with the team we are putting together, but it is early days.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction?

A: My heart says 2-1 to QPR; my head says 2-2.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Annie for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from her at JustAnnieQPR.com and on Twitter - @annieqpr.

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