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QPR chairman Fernandes issues statement standing by Redknapp


Tony Fernandes is sticking with the guy who got him here.

The QPR chairman felt compelled to make a statement on the status of embattled manager Harry Redknapp, whose club has lost all 10 of its road matches this season and sits in 19th place in the Premier League.

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With the bright side that it’s far from over and plenty cluttered from places 12-20, Fernandes made it all clear on Monday.


“I firmly believe Harry is the best man to get us out of the position we currently find ourselves in.
“He has great experience and having spoken to him at length over the last week or so, he is determined to turn this around and help us maintain our Premier League status.
“This is Harry’s squad of players, so he is the man to move us forward.”
Fernandes went on to say they’ll strengthen the club during the January transfer window if they can, and asked the fans to keep backing Redknapp, though it’s hard to blame their doubts.
So it seems Redknapp will be going down or staying afloat with his ship of veteran players. We’ll see if he injects any youth into the ranks over the next few weeks.

QPR players, Tony Fernandes react to Air Asia flight QZ8501’s disappearance

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Air Asia Indonesia flight QZ8501’s disappearance between Surabaya and Singapore is a terrible mystery, and is even more troubling for Queens Park Rangers chairman and Air Asia executive Tony Fernandes.

And the entire R’s family has joined the world in hoping for the best, as 162 people are missing.

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Here’s Fernandes’ timeline, filled with concern and updates regarding the disappearance.

Swansea City 2-0 Queens Park Rangers: Monk’s Swans soar as Redknapp’s R’s fall yet again

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Swansea City has climbed back to sixth in the Premier League after two late goals prodded Garry Monk’s side past Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers 2-0 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Queens Park Rangers remains in the drop zone with just 11 points and a minus-13 goal differential. How much longer will R’s chairman Tony Fernandes stick with Redknapp?

Ki Sung-yueng and Wayne Routledge scored for Swansea.

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If QPR manages to stay up this season, point to Rob Green’s form over the past few weeks as a critical element.

The biggest example of this on Tuesday came on a Gylfi Sigurdsson free kick that came as close as physically possible to crossing the line before Green pushed it away. The goal decision system stood firm with Green’s hands.

Swansea was on the front foot for most of the first half, taking 10 shots to QPR’s three.

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And that carried well into the second half, with Swans finally finding their breakthrough on a Ki shot on the left of the box. It sailed past Green to the short side to make it 1-0 in the 77th minute.

Nathan Dyer then found Routledge for the proverbial nail in the R’s coffin, as the former Newcastle man hit a low, hard left-footer past Green in the 83rd minute.


Swansea City: Fabianski, Richards, Bartley, Williams, Taylor, Britton (Shelvey, 79′), Ki, Routledge, Sigurdsson (Carroll, 87′), Montero (Dyer, 70′), Bony

Goal: Ki (77′), Routledge (83′)

Queens Park Rangers: Green, Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Suk-Young; Vargas, Henry, Barton (Hoilett, 80′), Fer; Kranjcar, Austin

Redknapp complains of Financial Fair Play, then defeats own argument


Harry Redknapp is the high-maintenance date who complains about people looking at and/or hitting on him.

The unlikable Queens Park Rangers manager is at it again, complaining about the massive pending punishment against his club that could see it sent out of the Football League upon relegation if it fails to pay a massive fine for breaching Financial Fair Play.

Redknapp, 67, led QPR down to the Championship last season before achieving instant re-promotion to the Premier League. He, backed by the deep pockets of QPR chairman Tony Fernandes, bought a boatload of Premier League-level players and paid them far more than most Championship clubs can afford, subsequently shattering the rules of FFP.

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Championship clubs were allowed to lose up to $13 million last season — provisionally — without breaking FFP rules. QPR is projected to have just missed that number, accumulating nearly $88 million in debt.

Here is the simply amazing response from Redknapp. It’s totally fair that QPR overspent all the Championship clubs, but pretty unfair that Manchester United can overspend him now that he’s back in the PL.

Poor, poor ‘Arry. From the BBC:

“Fair play would be everyone having £30m a year to spend,” said Redknapp.

“To make it fair play we should be able to spend as much as Manchester United have spent before we play them on Sunday,” added Redknapp on Friday.

“That would be fair play, wouldn’t it?

“What is fair play because one club can spend £200m on a team and another might spend £8-10m on their team. That’s not fair play really, is it?”

Harry, that’s exactly the point. You’re kinda the worst.

And let’s face it: if Redknapp gets this QPR team relegated, he very well might be the worst. The club has added Sandro, Leroy Fer, Mauricio Isla, Steven Caulker, Rio Ferdinand, Jordon Mutch, Eduardo Vargas and Niko Kranjcar. Any novice playing Football Manager with that roster would have zero trouble staying up.

The worst.

How a relegated QPR could be banned from the next three divisions


Tony Fernandes has paid a handsome sum of money to get his Queens Park Rangers club back to the Premier League after Harry Redknapp got them relegated to — and re-promoted from — the Championship.

But he’ll need the “Always Managing” boss to keep his team in the top-flight, or QPR could faced some serious blowback thanks to their abuse of Financial Fair Play.

Championship clubs were permitted losses of almost $13 million last season, according to the BBC, on the condition that $8 million would come from shareholders. Clubs who exceeded those losses and earned promotion would be subject to a sliding scale fine.

And QPR completely exploded the rules to make it back up.

From the BBC:

QPR could be refused future entry into the Championship if they fail to pay a potentially huge fine for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

Chairman Tony Fernandes has indicated he would appeal against a fine from the Football League, which would be around £54m if losses for Rangers’ promotion season matched the £65.4m in 2012-13.

But if the club don’t pay, the FL can block entry to its own competitions.

“Theoretically that is the position,” said FL chief executive Shaun Harvey.

“I would hope there would be a resolution long before that option even had to be considered.”

How incredible it would be if a banished club was dumped all the way out of the Football League… past League Two? Still it seems more likely Fernandes would wait until right before QPR were relegated, and then just pay the fine.