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After a brief period with a paucity of tweets about QPR, Chairman Fernandes returned today to tweeting about QPR - Just with seemingly, a little less optimism and exuberance than he usually displays...
Tony Fernandes @tonyfernandes Tweeted Today:
- Come you rangers. I hope we finally begin to show the potential. Nothing has gone right. Huge huge challenge. Here's hoping for a good sunday morning.
- Come on you rangers. Players you got to stand tall and be counted. "
JULIO CESAR TALKS - THE SUN/SHAUN CUSTIS - I’m used to winning trophies, not being in battle to beat the drop
WHEN Julio Cesar agreed to join QPR he was excited by the vision of the future.Under chairman Tony Fernandes and boss Mark Hughes the club was being built for a push to the top.
They were going to take on the big boys and give them a proper run for their money.
There would be a new training ground, a new stadium and one day Champions League football.
Three months on, Brazilian keeper Cesar turns his head away and grimaces as he spots the Premier League table on TV. QPR are rock bottom with six points from 15 games.
Hughes has been sacked, replaced by Harry Redknapp, and the only target now is to escape relegation.
For Cesar, a man who won five successive Serie A titles and a Champions League at Inter Milan, as well as 64 caps for his country, this is not turning out as advertised.
The 33-year-old, who misses out at Wigan today because of a groin injury, admitted: “I’ve never been in this situation in my life, I’ve always been fighting for titles.
“In seven years at Inter, I won 14 trophies so this is a very new challenge for me.”
Cesar was a symbol of the club’s ambitions — a proven winner.
And he insists a ridiculous injury list conspired against Hughes as he brought in 11 players in his bid to prevent a repeat of last season’s final day scramble to beat the drop.
Cesar added: “It’s a bad moment for us but many, many things are behind the situation.
“We had so many new players arriving and it was not easy for Hughes to get a team working together quickly and getting an identity in a short time.
“We had some bad luck when we lost Andy Johnson, Fabio, Samba Diakite, Bobby Zamora, and Ji-Sung Park, while Stephane Mbia arrived injured.
“Also me and Jose Bosingwa were playing catch up because we had not trained since May.
“Mark is a good person and I’m so sad about the situation which has happened to him.
“When the team don’t win and results aren’t right the coach is the first person to pay but I feel guilty about this.
“The players go on the pitch and everybody has a percentage of fault.”
For all that, Cesar accepts that Hughes could never survive such a terrible start to the season.
He said: “It was not a big surprise that Mark Hughes got sacked, it was normal.
“If you go 13 games without a win it’s very difficult for a coach to stay.
“Other teams might sack their coach when they go six games without winning — but he stayed for 13.”
Cesar says Hughes always gave off an air of calm authority, assuredly in control and very confident of getting the team moving up the table.
And the players were convinced he would succeed.
The stopper added: “Hughes never showed that he was under pressure in training or in the dressing room. He put belief in us every time we went out there and we believed in him.
“He was a good coach with good ideas.
“But what happened to him has happened to many coaches throughout the world.
“Even Pep Guardiola when he was first in charge of Barcelona, had problems with the fans.”
But Cesar is not thinking of jumping off the sinking ship.
He is in it for the long haul and is determined to play for Brazil when they host the 2014 World Cup.
If he is to do that, QPR need to stay up.
Cesar revealed: “My contract is for four years and I hope I will be here all that time.
“I liked Mr Fernandes the first time I spoke to him. He is a very straightforward person who knows what he wants.
“I’m enjoying the club despite it being a bad situation at this moment.
“The people are great and the atmosphere is good, they are a nice family. Outside the pitch everything is nice and perfect. I’m loving London.
“I hope we start to win with the new coach, Harry Redknapp. I haven’t had much chance to work with him yet but he has a good reputation and you realise he has a presence around the place.”
Cesar conducted this interview in English having had only three months of lessons.
He feels that it is important to integrate properly with the culture of a new country.
But he admits communication can be difficult with the manager.
He admitted: “I’ve only talked to Mr Redknapp a little bit.
“Sometimes I find it hard to understand everything he says because my English is not great yet. But Bosingwa and Fabio translate for me. It’s important not to get relegated because if QPR go to the Championship then it will be harder for the project to be real.
“When you read the names of the players on paper we have a good team but on the pitch it’s a problem.”
“There is so much to look forward to with the new training ground and stadium and we want to get QPR respected internationally.
“If you talk about Chelsea 10 years ago or Manchester City five years ago, nobody round the world knew these clubs.
“If I ask you to bet five years ago that Manchester City would win the Premier League would you have done that?
“They showed how clubs can change and I still believe in the project at QPR.” - Julio Cesar Talking about QPR
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