QPR will target Championship and League One stars in the transfer market
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With Mark Hughes and Harry Redknapp now in the past, QPR chairman Tony Fernandes says he wants to find the right balance when it comes to signing players.
During Hughes’ time in charge Rangers signed several big-name flops including Park Ji-sung, Jose Bosingwa and Esteban Granero.
Redknapp was then brought in and his solution to the Rs’ defensive problems was to sign Christoper Samba for £12.5million.
With no money available to spend during the last transfer window, Redknapp swiftly departed due to his ‘knee problem’ and Fernandes says things will now change.
He said: “In my four years I have been very consistent in saying that I want players to come through – I’ve always said that.
“For one reason or another we’ve been in relegation battles, managers have said we need more experience – managers who don’t want to take the risk on young players.
“So when we talk about my dream manager, here is a manager [Chris Ramsey] who hasn’t complained to me about the fact that one of his best players is injured – Charlie Austin – and then Richard Dunne and Leroy Fer. He just said ‘we’ve got enough quality in the squad and we will find a way’.
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“Now that’s pretty exceptional from where I sit. A manager will just moan to me a lot of the time about ‘there not being enough quality, not enough of this, or I need that’.
“I’m not directing this at Harry or anyone. I’ve met many managers at different clubs as well. There are very few – Roberto Martinez at Everton would be one, if you talk to Bill Kenwright he would echo what I said... This guy just gets on with it and finds players. But they are few and far between.
Fernandes added: “It goes back to my initial business of music, when I set up a record company and why I rose so quickly in the industry.
“There were record companies who bought talent so signed a big cheque to buy Phil Collins from Virgin, but we discovered a lot of talent.
“So I’ve always wanted to develop people. Air Aisa was about a tiny airline, building guys up into what we have now. I would love QPR to be like that.
“You can buy in a bit of talent. Ryan Manning is that kind of signing, to fast forward it. But the Under-14s are going to take time to come through.”
Fernandes continued: “If you look at Tottenham Hotspur, obviously Tim Sherwood gets a lot of the credit.
“You look at Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane and you listen to Steven Caulker, who says that Chris Ramsey brought him up at Spurs.
“We then need the scouts. Now, I have a list of League One and Championship players that we have identified over the last six months that are free agents or we would like to buy.
“We are not in the hands of agents. It is about a good scouting system. Les has been going to loads of games and Chris Ramsey knows players as well.”
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