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Ex-QPR chief: "Responsibility lies at the top"
The west London outfit were relegated from the Premier League to the Championship this season, with manager Harry Redknapp, the players, chairman Tony Fernandes, plus former managers Neil Warnock and Mark Hughes all either facing blame or blaming each other for the club's demise.
However, speaking exclusively to SportsDirect News, Crane, who was chief executive of former QPR owner Loftus Road plc, said: "I'm not interested in blaming managers and players. In any organisation, responsibility lies at the very top and that means chairman and owner Tony Fernandes."
Relegated QPR need to adopt new philosophy
Some of the stats from this campaign, which saw QPR relegated, make disturbing reading.
In 38 games, the not-so-super Hoops won only four times and accumulated the third-lowest points total in the history of the Premier League. As a team they scored just 30 goals and in the final six games failed to notch from open play. The Rs finished rock bottom and deserved everything they got.
This monstrosity all transpired following a summer of optimism, seemingly proactive transfer dealings and even predictions of European qualification from some deluded quarters. From a poll on the brilliant QPR online fanzine Loftforwords not one of the 2,000-plus voters had Rangers finishing in the bottom three.
QPR’s philosophy of signing big-name players, who, with hindsight, were well past their sell by date and had no affiliation or interest in the club, was a lazy and catastrophic mistake made by those running the club.
Former boss Mark Hughes has to carry the can to a certain extent, but the decision to give him the keys to run QPR as he pleased last summer was one that sums up chairman Tony Fernandes’s naivety.
It was this blank-chequebook mentality that set the tone for a woeful season.
Hughes was sacked in November and, despite a brief change in fortunes under Harry Redknapp which included a memorable 1-0 win away at local rivals Chelsea, the clear lack of unity in the dressing room gave the Rs no chance of survival.
Redknapp is far from blameless though. Fernandes gave him plenty of time and money to arrest the decline, but, once results started to waver, he seemed to lose the stomach for the fight and had excuses lined up after every defeat, shifting the blame from his door. The state of the Loftus Road pitch after a defeat to Manchester United was my personal favourite.
In my view it’s best for both parties if Redknapp walks away over the summer. The rebuilding job at QPR is going to take years rather than months and his body language in recent weeks suggests he may not have the energy, drive or even time left in football management to sort this mess out.
Fernandes is a very charming, likeable character but desperately needs help from an experienced football businessman over the summer, not a free-spending Redknapp.
The chairman’s eyes are firmly fixed on the lucrative opportunity of a move, in five or six years’ time, from Loftus Road to a new multi-complex arena.
Planning permission on a site in the north-west London area is rumoured to be close to being signed off.
He and the executive team he’s assembled are well equipped to make a huge success of such plans, but, in terms of football business strategy, some new blood and philosophies are needed in the boardroom.
Putting into action another quick-fix, transfer-happy attitude under Redknapp in the Championship is likely to do more harm than good.
Perhaps not to the extent of financial meltdown, as it’s predicted that Fernandes won’t walk away from QPR due to the lucrative stadium plans, but, if he continues on this path, in six years’ time Rangers may have a shiny new 60,000 seater-stadium that hosts lower league football.
New division. New ethos. New start. Implement it now, Tony, while you still have the chance. Morning Star
Charles Sale - Daily Mail online
Brooklyn picks up the Beckham baton after joining QPR's academy side
David Beckham’s retirement doesn’t mean the end of his family’s playing involvement with a professional football club.
His eldest son Brooklyn has just started with relegated Queens Park Rangers’ Under 14 academy side, who train near the Beckhams’ new family home in west London.
Brooklyn, who was 14 in March, started playing at Spurs as a four-year-old and has had trials with Chelsea juniors. He was also on the Under 14 roster at LA Galaxy and would join his dad in training at Paris Saint-Germain. MAIL
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