Harry Redknapp says Queens Park Rangers will have to work 'very hard' to secure an immediate return to the Premier League after a 0-0 draw at Reading condemned both clubs to relegation.
QPR needed to win at the Madejski Stadium to stand any chance of climbing out of the bottom three, but rarely looked likely to fulfil that objective.
The Championship now beckons for an expensively-assembled squad and Redknapp has warned his players what will be required to return to the top flight.
"There's a lot of work to be done next year and it will be very difficult to get promoted," Redknapp told Sky Sports. "There are some good teams in the Championship.
"The first thing I said to them is we have to come back in pre-season and get super fit because the Championship is Saturday-midweek, Saturday-midweek and if you're not fit enough to go the pace, you won't survive and you won't get out of that league.
"That's the key. Whoever the players we have here, they've got to be worked on in pre-s...