QPR have been promoted back to the Premier League after an 89th minute winner from striker Bobby Zamora. The promotion will come as great relief after QPR were under the cosh for most of the match.
Midfielder Gary O'Neill was sent off in the second half and that gave Derby County the incentive to attack QPR with all their might. The Rams enjoyed 68% of the ball, 16 shots and 14 corners, yet the could not find their way past QPR goalkeeper Rob Green. A missed clearance by Richard Keogh in the dying minutes allowed striker Bobby Zamora to make the most of QPR's only shot on target.
The relief for QPR will also be felt off the pitch. The meme below clearly canonizes why QPR had to be promoted today.
The Football League punishes clubs that make a loss exceeding £8 million. The parachute payments QPR would have received would not have covered the losses QPR would have made because they are paid out over a period years.
If QPR had stayed in the Championship, they would have faced a transfer embargo until they could "demonstrate they were on track to record acceptable losses or profit". In a bid to comply with Football League regulations QPR would have most likely sold a number of their players, destroying any short term ambitions of promotion in order to secure the long term future of the club.
However, as QPR have been promoted, they are liable to face a mere fine. In any case, QPR will probably still sell a number of their players, much of team are past their physical prime, are on high wages and were a large part o the reason QPR were relegated in the first place. Others like Loic Remy are wantaway players.
The difference is the selling of players will be a pace QPR can control. Players who are deemed to have a role to play will be kept for their experience, whilst others will be allowed to leave. The replacements QPR bring in will most likely be youngsters with a lot of fight and energy in them.
This will give QPR a good chance of staying in the Premier League and reduce their wage bill at the same time. As there is also £120 million to be gained in promotion thanks to the new TV deal, even if QPR were to be relegated again this time next year, their finances will be in a much better position than this time last season.