QPR owner Fernandes criticises players’ attitude after Premier League relegation

Tony Fernandes, owner of Queens Park Rangers, has accused the club’s players of only being in it for the money after relegation from the Premier League was confirmed, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The newspaper adds that Fernandes did not hold back in his criticism, laying in to the highly-paid QPR squad for a season of under-performance that has seen the R’s succumb to the drop with three games to go. Rangers were relegated along with Reading on Sunday after a goalless draw between the sides left them unable to escape the bottom three.

Fernandes said: “It has shocked me. It’s an alien concept to me that someone takes someone’s salary, doesn’t put 100 per cent in, thinks, ‘Oh, we lost. No big deal. What club are we going to tonight?

Whatever I have done as a job, for whoever has hired me, I put in 150 per cent. It’s in my character. If I am taking someone else’s money, then I am going to work bloody hard for that person.

Fernandes added that he kept his opinions on the matter to himself through the season, believing it to be the wrong time to lay bare his thoughts on some members of the playing staff, but that it pained him to see the attitude of certain people.

The newspaper suggests that Fernandes was speaking about former Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa, who refused to be a substitute for a match shortly after Harry Redknapp was appointed as manager. Bosingwa was fined two weeks’ wages – £130,000 – and Redknapp revealed the ex-Portugal defenders was on a higher salary than any player at his former club Tottenham Hotspur.

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