Sitting bottom of league, without a win yet in the Premier League, a newly sacked manager, and a big name arrival imminent. Life as a Queens Park Rangers fan is rarely dull. We asked QPR fan and blogger Annie, from Just
As a QPR fan, I have often been asked to sum up my feelings regarding the recent situation at QPR. Just prior to Mark Hughes’ sacking, I would have written that I was heartbroken, but right now I am jumping for joy and waiting impatiently to see if it will be Harry Redknapp to turn our season around, and see us climbing out of the bottom of the Premier League.
With QPR I have to admit there’s rarely a dull moment. You see, it’s not just the current situation, which has been thoroughly depressing, but you have to look at the whole club over the past couple of years. I guess the Four Year Plan covered a fair bit, so let’s look at the promotion itself.
We had to wait for an hour before kick-off, on the last day of the season, before it was confirmed we weren’t going to get points docked and were actually able to celebrate! Many of us knew that the points docking wouldn’t happen, but being in the public eye we took a lot of stick and speculation so it was hard to keep the faith.
The promotion year was great, at first. I particularly remember the game against Man City. Loftus Road was rocking, and even though we lost we came away buzzing that our club was finally in the promised land, and we could make a good account of ourselves. Then there was the win against Chelsea – enough said!
But you see being a QPR fan for long enough should have warned us that “stability” is not our middle name. Our new owners came in, the wonderful Tony Fernandes – or Uncle Tony as some like to call him – and it looked like things were looking up.
Then, before the transfer window in January, Neil (Uncle Neil) Warnock was replaced by Mark Hughes. This is still baffling as I felt Uncle Neil did a great job, and we will never know how he would have done had he been given the money that the incoming Mark Hughes was.
And finally to Mark Hughes. I have to say I was never a fan, it may be partly due to his legendary tussles with our Alan ‘Macca’ Macdonald – may he rest in peace – but there was a feeling that he just wasn’t QPR. We expect our manager to feel the passion our fans feel and to care as much as we do! Still, in Uncle Tony we trusted so were prepared to see what happened.
There was a flurry of signings and Uncle Tony had certainly kept his promise to open up the purse to Mr. Hughes. Whilst it was exciting, there was always the worry that they would take time to bed down.
Fast forward to where we are now. The club were consistently, after every game asking fans to “give them time”, promised it would “settle down” and that it would “all come good.” That the “hard work in training would soon show itself on the pitch”, that “we are to keep the faith.”
Unfortunately, after trying so hard to believe, last Saturday was the last straw – a gutless loss to Southampton. I don’t take anything away from Southampton – they wanted it and we didn’t. Out of all the new signings, the only passion came from our Championship players, namely Jamie Mackie, Shaun Derry, Adel Taarabt and co. New signings Julio Cesar, Samba Diakite and Esteban Granero (occasionally) have been great, but as for the rest, it just feels like they are just a bunch of overpaid, badly managed individuals who have no passion for the club. And for that I was heartbroken.
I wrote a letter to Tony Fernandes, entitled Pride and Passion (meaning lack of it), and he did duly respond, fair play to him!
So to a new manager – I’m excited! He’ll have to work with Mr Hughes’ squad of players, and it will become evident all too quickly if it is the players or it was the manager to blame all along. Time will tell – which of course, we don’t have a lot of.
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