Jermaine Jenas: Queens Park Rangers should follow the Southampton model

Jermaine Jenas suggests that Queens Park Rangers should take the approach that Southampton took when they got relegated from the Premier League.

Jermaine Jenas has told BBC Sport that Queens Park Rangers need to follow the example set by Southampton.

The 32-year-old former Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder made the comments following QPR’s relegation from the Premier League.

A 6-0 defeat to last season’s English champions Manchester City away from home at the Etihad Stadium confirmed Rangers’ drop to the Championship.

Former QPR midfielder Jenas believes that the London outfit now need to take the same approach as Southampton did when they were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2004-05 campaign.

“Whoever is in charge, QPR have to rethink their whole approach,” the former Nottingham Forest midfielder told BBC Sport.

“Southampton are the stand-out club for how to get it right and their model is the one that Rangers should adopt.

“They dropped as far down as League One but went back to their roots and concentrated on developing young players. Saints had to be patient but they are reaping the rewards now.”

Jenas’s suggestion is quite sound, but the question is whether the QPR bosses will be able to remain patient.

Southampton returned to the Premier League in 2012 - that’s seven years out of what is easily the most popular domestic league in the world.

Can QPR afford to stay away from the English top flight for that long? Will the fans be happy to stay out of the Premier League for seven years?

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