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Owner gets such a poor return

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

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TONY Fernandes, Queens Park Rangers's embattled owner, cannot be accused of not backing his club.

In fact, he has been forced to defend his policy of throwing money at the Rangers squad.

Newcastle United's managing director waded in yesterday, criticising the West London club for taking a gamble after spending big bucks, yet again, during the January transfer window.

The Toon are still reeling from the fact that Loic Remy chose to join Rangers last month when it seemed sure the French international forward was heading for St James' Park.

Then again, maybe Newcastle have had the last laugh, for Remy has picked up an injury which could sideline him for two months after just two appearances in a Hoops shirt.

The talk is that Remy is earning £80,000 a week at Loftus Road.

Centre-back Chris Samba, who arrived for an eye-watering £12.5 million during the January window, is reportedly taking home £100,000 every seven days.

Rangers have poured cold water on those figures, claiming they are wide of the mark, but what is undeniable is that the club have splashed a mammoth pile of cash on the playing staff in the last couple of seasons in return for precious little reward.

QPR made no fewer than 15 signings across the transfer windows last season, first on the orders of Neil Warnock and then Mark Hughes.

A raft of them have left the club already, and even those who are still around have had a questionable impact on the fortunes of the team.


Hughes had another go at improving the Rangers squad last summer when the club signed Rob Green on a big-money contract and not long afterwards recruited Julio Cesar.

Coming so close together, those two pieces of business were questionable.

It has been a familiar tale at Loftus Road in recent times.

Fernandes can only hope that the signings made by Harry Redknapp, such a shrewd operator in the transfer market down the years, will prove more successful than the numerous others Rangers have made in recent times.

As well as Remy and Samba, Redknapp snapped up South Korean defender Suk-Young Yun, Tottenham pair Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend and former Chelsea centre-back Tal Ben-Haim.

The move for Peter Odemwingie went spectacularly wrong, but a glance at Redknapp's squad suggests Rangers should not be bottom of the Premier League.

But that is the mess they are in and, while they have improved since Redknapp arrived in November, they still require a spectacular finish to the season to avoid the drop.

Still, Redknapp has masterminded great escapes in the past — and Samba is convinced that good times are ahead on the back of his debut, a goalless draw with Norwich last weekend.

"I thought we did enough to win that game and we were unfortunate not to," the giant central defender said.

"That will come, hopefully against Swansea this weekend.

"We played very well overall (against Norwich) and I have now seen for myself that we have enough to remain in this league."

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