May 10 2012 By Paul Warburton
NO MATTER what happens with QPR Sunday – a massive clear-out of up to 14 players is expected to start as early as Monday.
The Rs’ Premier League survival may depend as much on the result between Stoke and Bolton as their own game against Manchester City at The Etihad as the season comes to a nail-biting finale.
Even if does end happily ever after for the club, it is almost certainly the end for a number of stalwarts.
Lee Cook, Radek Cerny, Danny Gabbidon, Fitz Hall, Patrick Agyemang, Peter Ramage, Danny Shittu and Kieron Dyer are all out of contract, and Rangers will look to sell Brian Murphy, Rob Hulse, Angelo Balanta, Matt Connolly and Troy Hewitt in the first wave of exits.
The futures of first-team regulars Clint Hill and Heidar Helguson are far from certain, with the Icelander one of six forwards available to boss Mark Hughes.
One of the half-dozen, Jay Bothroyd, has also failed to find a regular slot after moving from Cardiff last summer.
Sparky admitted this week he expects to make a raft of changes in the close season, just as he did at his three previous clubs.
“Every club will look at their current staff and what they need to build and get stronger,” he told the Chronicle.
“And that won’t change no matter what club I’m at.
“We’re looking to make it stronger and that means a number of players will go as a result.”
The fewest new faces Hughes added after he took over a club was five – and that was at Fulham where his only season in charge ended when he indicated the neighbours were not as ambitious as he hoped.