Joey Barton has warned QPR’s owners that a failure to change their ways in terms of player transfers may put the club at risk.
The Super Hoops secured an immediate return to the Premier League last weekend as they beat Derby in the play-off final at Wembley, and talk of new recruits has been whirling away ever since.
Manager Harry Redknapp has developed a reputation over the years for his eagerness to bring in fresh names, with many of his signings at QPR having been veteran players on big salaries.
During 2012/13, the Londoners brought in both Chris Samba and Loic Remy in a bid to steer clear of relegation, but were unable to get the results needed.
These two and other signings have seen QPR’s wage bill spiral, with reports indicating that their squad earns more than that of La Liga champions and Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid.
Barton – an influential figure at the club – believes that with promotion secured more hungry and talented players should be added and not ageing campaigners looking for a last big pay day:
“It’s important that the right characters come to this football club now,” he told the club’s official website.
“This can’t be a place where good footballers come to die anymore.
“Those days are gone.
“The club’s tried that and it hasn’t worked. No-one likes that, no-one wants that. This club now has to kick forward.
“We have to make sure that we’re in the Premier League for a long time to come.
“At 9 o’clock on Saturday (after the play-off final), I said to people, ‘let’s enjoy this, but there’s no point in going up and coming back down.’
“That’s not what we want. The ambition now at this football club has to be to build a dynasty.”