QPR owner Tony Fernandes has promised to leave the struggling club if their circumstances do not improve, posting the following on Twitter this morning:
“Many fans attacking me. Doing our best. As I said we won’t stop trying. As I have said many times I take all responsibility and will face the music. Always spirit up. If can’t fix it I will be first to go.”
It’s very noble, but this isn’t Fernandes’ fault – and actually it’s difficult not to feel extremely sorry for him. The criticism he speaks of, which I haven’t heard, is presumably being directed at him because Mark Hughes is no longer around to face the consequences of his chaotic reign. Fernandes may have appointed Hughes, but it was the former manager who put this squad together and created the situation that the club is now in.
That will hold little water with some fans, I understand that, but Fernandes has shown a huge amount of ambition in his time in West London and that deserves some recognition. There have been mistakes, and the Malaysian has arguably been a bit too eager to sign cheques, but that’s still a preferable situation to the reverse – have a look at what’s happening at Aston Villa at the moment.
Fernandes comes across as someone who genuinely wants the best for his football club and seems endlessly content to put his hand in his pocket. He’s been naive, and he’s perhaps tried to advance Rangers’ up the league ahead of time, but even so – I can’t believe that this animosity towards him from the club’s fan is a consensus position. In all likelihood, the Twitter moaning probably comes from an audibly aggressive minority, but even so, Fernandes has created an opportunity for success and that it hasn’t been grasped isn’t really his fault.