Ainsworth calls for ‘expectations reset’ at QPR

Gareth Ainsworth plans to overhaul QPR’s squad but has called for an “expectations reset” at the club.

Rangers’ 1-0 win at Stoke on Saturday guaranteed their Championship survival.

Head coach Ainsworth has already identified transfer targets for the summer and is keen to make changes.

He said: “I have been planning. It’s been difficult to plan while we didn’t know what division we’re going to be in, but I’ve got some names.”

However, Ainsworth, who is keen to engineer an underdog spirit at QPR, has suggested that the club should be realistic about its prospects.

“I want an expectations reset of QPR,” he said.

“We are a fantastic, historical magical club, but football is getting so big and so rich.

“I know we’re west London and we’re in there, but also we’ve got to realise it’s difficult to compete with some of these super-teams, I’d call them.

“We’re victims of Arsenal new stadium, Chelsea down the road, Tottenham new stadium. We’re proud of Loftus Road but sometimes it’s just so tough to compete.

“But I’ll find a way and I can’t wait to get stuck into a transfer window and a pre-season in the Championship, which was always the aim.”