Graeme Souness slams Queens Park Rangers - here's why

An eight time league winner with two different clubs, Graeme Souness believes player mentality is at fault for QPR's woeful results.

If Queens Park Rangers are to get anything out of their stay in the Premier League division then their playing staff must substantially increase their effort-levels during match-day.

That is the view of Sky Sports football analyst Graeme Souness - an eight-time title winner with Liverpool and Rangers - who was appalled at how the apparent quality of QPR's roster does not equate to the work-rate he has seen on the field.

“If you haven’t got players willing to work hard, you’ve got nothing,” Souness said after Rangers's 2-0 loss to West Ham United in East London on Sunday.

“If you’ve got really good players and they’re willing to work hard you’re going to win more games than you lose – but if you’ve got decent players not working hard you’re not going to win any games.

“With the best will in the world, these are goodish players and they have to put a real stint in for their manager.

“But Harry will go home tonight and not sleep. He’ll be tearing his hair out. As a manager you think ‘I’m guaranteed everyone will have a real go’, especially if you’re down near the bottom. He’s not getting that off these players.”

Souness believes it is up to the playing staff to perform rather than rely on their head coach as a source of motivation, for example: “These players have a duty to their manager, a duty to the club and a duty to the supporters to give them a bit more than they’ve given them today.

“After losing the first goal none of them showed any sparkle to get themselves back into the game. They just threw the towel in as though they’re feeling sorry for themselves.

“That’s why management drives you mad. That’s so disappointing for Harry.”

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