Fernandes - QPR are not a reckless club

Tony Fernandes has defended himself and QPR amidst claims of reckless spending.

QPR were one of the busiest clubs on transfer deadline day which is no real surprise considering Harry Redknapp is their manager and they are bottom of the Premier League.

They splurged cash on the transfer of Chris Samba from Russian club Anzhi aswell as securing several other players which has led to criticism over the way the club has conducted itself in the transfer window.

However, this is a club trying to move forward and trying to compete in a city where several top flight clubs are competing in the Premier League. If QPR have the resources then why shouldn’t they buy their way out of trouble?

“If you analyse it we haven't spent that much money on transfers - I don't think there is any recklessness there - they say 'this is what we need to survive' and you look at it and if it makes sense then the board and myself support it,” Fernandes told Sky Sports.

The financial importance of staying in the Premier League is extra significant this season because the TV rights deal increases to £5 billion next season, which means any Premier League side receives a bigger share.

There is also a solid argument to suggest that QPR are not as reckless as other clubs have been in their spending.

Chelsea and Manchester City only secured domestic silverware because of the money their owners and backers invested into the clubs. The only exception is that they are at the other end of the spectrum.

Although the obvious financial incentives are there for Fernandes, he does seem committed to the club for longer than just this season.

Fair enough, he did claim that he would walk away if the club was relegated, but that was due to the mounting pressure he was under from sections of fans protesting against him.

Ultimately, QPR need to stay up because a season back down in the Championship would be a big step backwards. They still have time to do it and they are just giving themselves the best chance to get out of trouble.

Any other side with similar resources would do the same thing and Fernandes deserves praise for supporting the manager but instead he finds himself putting his defence up, yet again.

Have QPR been reckless with their spending? Let us know what you think.

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