Fernandes admires Merseysiders for their Premier League staying power.
Tony Fernandes has learned his lessons the hard way at QPR, but it seems the owner of the west London club is determined to eradicate the memory of his past mistakes.
Fernandes this week revealed that it is now the club’s ‘infrastructure’, rather than the first team, which is the focus of attention. The chairman wants to build from the bottom up at QPR, and this is undoubtedly a good thing for Rangers fans.
When Fernandes arrived at QPR in the summer of 2011, he authorised a spending spree which allowed successive managers, Neil Warnock and Mark Hughes, to bloat the Rangers squad to bursting point with sub-standard players on ludicrous wages.
The result, predictably, was a last-ditch escape from relegation at the end of the 2012 season, followed by a drop into the Championship the following season.
However, with the majority of QPR’s under-performing players from those two seasons having departed, and the likes of Clint Hill and Richard Dunne driving them on this time around, it seems Fernandes may see his club back in the Premier League next summer.
QPR are third in the Championship and, happily for their fans, Fernandes is hell-bent on getting things right.
“Let’s make no bones about it, I am desperate to get back into the Premier League, desperate,'' Fernandes told the club’s official website.
“But once we get there, I don’t want to be a club that’s yo-yoing up and down. So we’ve got to put that infrastructure in place so that we can build a solid Premier League future.''
“Certain things have stuck in my brain, like going to Everton, who I respect tremendously. There was one poster there that said: ’20 seasons consecutively in the Premier League’. That’s better than any stadium or any training ground. If one day I can put that up at QPR, then I think we will have done something good.”
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