'Fantastic news': QPR fans react to Amit Bhatia's appointment as chairman

British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and his son Arthur talk with Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal (C) and his Son in Law, Amit Bhatia (R) during a Premiership football match...

Amit Bhatia has been installed as QPR's new chairman, as Tony Fernandes and Ruben Gnanalingam take a back seat at Loftus Road

Amit Bhatia, son in law of QPR owner Lakshmi Mittal during the npower Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City at Loftus Road on March 5, 2011 in London, England.

Queens Park Rangers have announced Amit Bhatia as their new chairman, replacing Tony Fernandes who will remain as a co-owner of the Championship side. The news broke on Wednesday afternoon with Bhatia taking up his role immediately - and Ruben Gnanalingham taking over as vice-chairman, Bhatia's previous role. 

Fans of the west Londoners will be somewhat relieved the club has undertaken a new direction with tensions often running high in W12. Fernandes had overseen a topsy-turvy era, and Hoops supporters were becoming frustrated with the club's ability to move forward. Stewardship under Bhatia, however, creates fresh optimism. 

 

Admittedly, it'll take time for Bhatia's presence to be felt. On the pitch too, it hasn't gone according to plan with new boss Steve McClaren tasting defeat in both his opening league games, but a cup win over Peterborough United has brought some relief. A tricky trip to The Hawthorns is next for Rangers, but the fans will be more concerned with the long term future of the club. 

Tony Fernandes, Owner of Queens Park Rnagers looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa at Loftus Road on December 18, 2016 in London,...

At the moment loans and free signings are QPR's only option for the remainder of this month. Toni Leistner was the only new addition, but the R's did add to their U23 side. McClaren, however, must ensure that his side retain their Championship status this season, and news of Bhatia's appointment should have a positive effect on the players. 

The son-in-law of owner Lakshmi Mittal has invested much of the last decade in QPR and has been through the good times and the bad, meaning his commitment to the cause is second to none. It would be naive to think that Bhatia could instantly transform the west Londoners - ridiculous in fact - but it creates a new sense of hope that things could be about to change for the good. 

Here's a look at some of the best reaction from a section of QPR fans on Twitter:

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