QPR cannot be blamed for trying to hijack Newcastle’s bid for Loic Remy because etiquette left the game years ago.
Any Newcastle fans out there who are annoyed by QPR’s attempts to sign Loic Remy, well swallow your pride and get on with it because football has always been this way.
Remy was on his way to Newcastle to finalise a deal before QPR pushed to the front of the queue and whisked him away to London after agreeing the same fee with Marseille but a higher wage packet.
Unfortunately football is laced with examples of players promising something and then not following through.
Manchester United are a great example as they have both benefited and been let down by similar situations.
They signed Roy Keane on a Monday after he’d agreed to join Leeds United on a Friday but they missed out on the signing of Arjen Robben when he first came to England thanks to Chelsea representatives doing pretty much the same thing that has happened with Remy.
Tapping up and talking to players on the sly and through various agents is all part and parcel of the game. This is just another demonstration that it’s a free for all until anything is made 100% official.
The pressures of modern football are so great that if a top flight manager spots a player he wants, his club have to do everything possible to make sure he’s signed up before anyone else can react.
Dropping out of the Premier League and getting promoted to the Premier League is worth millions which is integral to the hearts of many clubs so why should they be blamed for trying to preserve that?
It is a little bit naughty that QPR have reportedly tempted Remy with a wage deal worth over £70,000 which seems ironic considering Harry Redknapp’s recent comments that QPR players earn too much.
However, this is the same manager who once said in a Sky Sports interview on deadline day that he was off to a hotel, off to meet his wife for dinner and on his way home, all in the same interview.
There is even still a chance that another Premier League side will sign Remy according to some papers. One thing that is for sure is that all neutrals in relation to this player will be glad when he’s finally chosen who he’s going to play for.
Tell us what you think. Have QPR been unfair and should they be blamed?
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