QPR boss: “We could cope with relegation”

Tony Fernandes is the right man to take Rangers forward, believes Warnock

Neil Warnock believes QPR are in safe hands under Tony Fernandes’ guidance – even if they are relegated in May.

Rangers have taken nine points from eight games since Fernandes completed his takeover of the club in September, and their total of 12 points is almost a third of the way towards the widely regarded safety total of 40.

However, impressive displays against Manchester City and Chelsea cannot disguise the fact that the win over the Blues is QPR’s only victory in six.

Relegation is still a very real concern for Warnock and Fernandes, but the Rs boss believes that the chairman is the right man to handle the club’s future whatever their fate is come May.

“I think the chairman is such a positive person that, if the worst did come to the worst, the club would still go forward,” said Warnock (pictured). “I didn’t think anyone could come in and do what he’s done in such a short space of time. I thought ‘people talk’, but he doesn’t talk, he gets things done.

“Every year you stay in the Premier League, you can look to make the club stronger and that stability comes from building it from the bottom. There’s been no thought about longevity from the previous regime, it was all about today or tomorrow.”

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Warnock also praised the impact of Joey Barton, who has made a solid start to his QPR career and was named captain within days of his arrival during the summer.

“He just takes over – so I might as well give him the armband,” added Warnock. “He’s a winner, he wants to do well and he’s come down to a team that’s not fancied, that’s scrapping to stay in the division.

“That’s hard for someone like Joey Barton who, deep down, would like to be playing for one of the top six clubs in the country and is quite capable of doing that.

“But he’s adapted very well and I dread to think how we would have done if we hadn’t signed him – he has brought that bit of mentality that we needed.”

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