Fans of QPR were in dream land when promotion to the Premier League was secured after Neil Warnock took his side to their first league title since 1983. They must of thought that with promotion would come investment into the club especially with some of the richest owners in the game. However these transfer funds have not materalised and instead the Premier League dream is quickly turning into a nightmare with no new arrivals despite pre-season starting last week.
Despite having billions in the bank the owners seem unwilling to spend any of their cash. The optimism that was around the club in May has now passed as all the talk has not been of who they have signed but of the players that Warnock had targeted but who had instead agreed to join other clubs.
Neil Warnock must be so frustrated with the owners and he is a state of limbo with regards to transfers as he knows if the club are to survive they must strengthen the team, something he has not been able to do yet. It looks like an attempt to unsettled him as they know if he is unable to carry out the job to the best of his abililies he is unlikely to stick around.
There have already been rumours of them bringing in an Italian manager to replace him. Not only is this unfair on Warnock who did a fine job taking the team to the Premier League but also means potential signings will be concerned that a new manager may be coming in and so may not join.
So the never ending football soap-opera at QPR looks to be rolling on into the Premier League. From the threat of point deductions at the end of the last season to talk of Warnock walking out from the club before the season even begins. At the moment QPR haven’t been able to produce a new shirt as a result of the owners failing to agree a new sponsor. It is not a great scenario for club about to compete against some of the biggest teams in the world.
Warnock has still got in mind five or six players who he wants to bring in including giving a chance to Jimmy Bullard although I am not sure he worth anywhere near the reported £45k a week Hull City are currently paying him. DJ Campbell and Jay Bothroyd are all said to be on Warnock’s radar along with Joe Cole and Kieron Dyer, but whether or not the owners will actually let the transfer’s go through remains to be seen.
Not only are QPR having problems signing players but they also need to make sure they hang to their most important player in Adel Taarabt with rumours that Paris Saint-Germain have made a £13.5m bid for the Moroccan striker. It is possible that the owners will see this as a chance to cash in and sell the player, something that they cannot afford to do if they want have a good chance of survival this season.
Fellow promoted side Norwich City have been busy signing players who are of Championship quality and although it may not be enough to keep them up in long term it makes good business sense. Something QPR seem to be lacking.
The majority shareholders Flavio Britore and Bernie Ecclestone are planning to sell the club and have already rejected an offer from the Mittal family who wanted to increase their share in the club. Until they do sell the club they will keep limiting Warnock in the players he can bring in. It is a depressing scenario for QPR fans and it doesn’t look like it will be sorted anytime soon.
If the current owners can sell up before the end of the transfer window ends then maybe QPR will be able to sign the sort of players they need to survive but if not they will miss the boat and it could turn out to be a short trip back in the top-flight for the R’s.