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.
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:
Thank you @tonyfernandes and @Ruben_E_G for all that you've attempted to do at @QPR. It' didn't quiet work out, but thank you. Goo luck and welcome back @Amit_Bhatia99. But does this mean a selling of shares or is just a paper title?— Adam King (@TheLoneRanger00) August 15, 2018
Yes!!! Finally some sense at the top. 100% behind you Amit.— Mark Hillman (@hillmania) August 15, 2018
Thanks to both for all your efforts and the pain you’ve suffered at the hands of our club I have no doubt Amit is the right man for the job to take us forward! Come on you R’sssssss— Dan of Surrey (@FarmerBarleymo1) August 15, 2018
Good luck Amit— Gary Quick (@garyaquick) August 15, 2018
this is fantastic news ⚪️— Shawn (@MoistStrawberry) August 15, 2018
@Amit_Bhatia99 no pressure but we love you man. Onwards and upwards.— Andrew Kouroushi (@AndrewKouroushi) August 15, 2018
Finally. A real businessman and leader in charge @Amit_Bhatia99— Zinski (@TheRealZinski) August 15, 2018
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