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Mutch ado about Hoddle's new role

August 16, 2014

Nick Ames

Last season Bobby Zamora's winner in the play-off final against Derby County seemed as inevitable as it did unfair. It was only his fourth goal of the season and confirmed the early-season impression Rangers would win promotion. In the end it felt as if they pulled through on sheer weight of numbers.

Manager Harry Redknapp's career is beyond its twilight and he will hope to bow out at the top. This season Glenn Hoddle will be by his side as a coach, along with Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan.

Owners Tony Fernandes says he has got wise to football ownership since May 2013, when QPR were relegated despite him spending millions of his own money. He has been circumspect in the transfer market this summer.

Key ins/outs Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker arrive as what looks a well-suited centre-back pairing. Jordon Mutch, Cardiff's best player last season, has also joined. Mauricio Isla is an intriguing loan signing from Juventus. Twelve players have left.

How they play QPR's style became more cautious last season in the Championship. Some of that was due to the high turnover of players. Mutch will add vigour to what seemed a slow central midfield at times, while Ferdinand and Caulker will make it easier to build from the back, with Hoddle's influence. Good width and service to Charlie Austin will be vital. Nick Ames

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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