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QPR owner wants to emulate Everton and build Premier League legacy

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.

2. Rob Green

After all the trauma of last season, when Julio Cesar usurped Green practically within hours of the England man’s arrival at Loftus Road, things are going rather well for him now. Eight consecutive clean sheets in the league was a new Rangers record, and Green has barely put a foot wrong. With England No.1 Joe Hart having being dropped for club and country, would it be THAT surprising to see Green re-called into the England spot? Perhaps it would be, but helping QPR to promotion will only aid his re-emergence as a player of quality.

1. Junior Hoilett

Confident, direct, consistent, productive: all traits missing from Hoilett’s game last season for QPR. However, this season the winger has improved with practically every game. The former Blackburn man was Rangers’ best player in the recent draw at Reading which kept Rangers third in the Championship. His end-product is far better than it used to be, and with Matt Phillips on the opposite wing, QPR’s attack takes on a fearsome edge. A few more goals would be nice, mind.

images: © 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.”

image: © p_a_h

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