Fernandes stands up to Redknapp in Bridge transfer row

QPR chief Tony Fernandes has stood up to Harry Redknapp following the former Spurs manager’s threats to quit the club over the transfer of former England defender Wayne Bridge, according to The Mirror.

Redknapp had wanted to sign the former Man City defender for recently relegated QPR, but was told that doing so would not be permitted. Bridge has since signed for fellow relegated outfit Reading.

The package Redknapp had put together to bring Bridge to Loftus Road was deemed too excessive by chief executive Philip Beard, and the move was vetoed. This lead to Redknapp publically blasting QPR’s chiefs and hinting that he could quit over the bust-up.

Fernandes, however, responded: “Harry is an emotional guy. He wants to come back up, like we all do. But we want to do things properly.

“We learnt a lot from last season. We want players that want to play for us. We want to protect ourselves against players who may get injured or may not be fit enough. So we have to find a balance of being enthusiastic and throwing money down the drain.

“Harry is passionate. You can’t blame him for that. He wants to get up there, as we do, but we are very determined to build the right culture and protection for this club.

“We want to make sure we are protected and, if a player plays for us, a lot of his wages are also on appearances as well, so you are not having guys on the bench earning big salaries and doing nothing. So there is a balance.

“And we also want to make sure agents are fair to us and their own players. We’ll solve it.

“The important thing is to get a strategy and stick to it. I’m not here to choose players. I never have. It’s not my job. Harry should be the first person to say I’ve been the most supportive chairman in the Premier League.

“I’ve gone out and played FIFA 13 with Loic Remy when we wanted to sign him. I’m happy with emotionality. We’ll find a way and we both have the same objective to do something good for the club and build it forward.”

QPR have installed a hardline approach to potential signings this summer, insisting that careless spending is what is primarily responsible for thrusting the club into the financial crisis in which it currently finds itself.

According to The Premier League QPR have released 10 players on free transfers this summer, including the likes of Tal Ben Haim, DJ Campbell and Rob Hulse.

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