Date: 20th April 2016 at 1:01pm
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The season is petering out to its conclusion and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is trying various different combinations of personnel to establish what he needs for next season.

It is relatively unchartered territory for Rangers in recent years who have either had to battle with relegation or make strides towards promotion for quite some time.

Going back to when Neil Warnock secured safety for QPR in 2009/10 Rangers have either been under pressure to get themselves up, or keep themselves up – prompting ill-advised binges in the transfer window that still appears to be giving the club an upset stomach even years later.

I don’t think I’m alone when I say it’s nice and refreshing to have a base, a platform, a benchmark to build from without the pressure of clawing themselves either way in a fluster, such has been the actions of campaigns and windows gone by.

The situation we find ourselves in is far from deliberate however, and this is where supporters have grown frustrated. Axing Chris Ramsey for not keeping up with ‘renewed expectations’ and then allowing another manager to carry on with similar form cannot be construed successful in any way, shape or form, unless flip-flopping for what must be a fifth time this season alone has happened.

Where we have arrived is roughly in line with my expectations at the start of the season, despite keeping Charlie Austin for the first half of the campaign. This should always have been seen for what it is at present – a rebuilding job, laying the foundations for next season or the season after if necessary.

Supporters in recent years have become more erratic than ever and this to my view mimics the boardroom activity and comment. Reactionary, off the cuff and ill-thought through. Telling your fans it’s a season of consolidation only to allow players like Leroy Fer and Sandro to tell the media that we’re going for promotion. Subsequently then changing your mind on the basis that Austin remained and sacking the manager on that whim, all before allowing the new manager to carry on without the pressure of a top six finish is frankly bizarre.

So we have landed roughly where we should, but supporters will be divided – the recent defeat at Brighton has been branded disgraceful, shameful. In fact Brighton stepped up a gear and swept an experimental QPR side away – much as Leicester City did back in 2010 under Neil Warnock, there was certainly not as much vitriol on that occasion.

We find ourselves in a situation where the same arguments continue to resurface and get played out week after week – win and we get a happy-clappy brigade of nonsense about how we’ve turned a corner and confidence is high; lose, by whatever means, and those to the other persuasion will pan everything that moves from boardroom to tearoom.

Arriving and landing where we are has hopefully taught the owners and some supporters a valuable lesson about what it’s going to take to achieve short-term goals, but how also they’re pieced together as part of a long-term plan. I.e. we want a successful youth conveyor belt, but there’s no point in throwing in young players that clearly aren’t ready – not good for them or the club.

So mid-table isn’t so bad – relax and watch everyone else having kittens for once and retain some semblance of stability entering into what hopefully will be a better campaign next time out.