Burnley are the team to replicate in the Championship, says QPR midfielder
PUBLISHED: 06:30 30 April 2016
QPR midfielder Karl Henry has lauded promotion-chasing Burnley as the perfect example for Championship sides to follow if they want to emulate their success.
The 33-year-old, who is yet to discover if he will be offered a new contract at Loftus Road, believes Sean Dyche’s men, who the Rs face on Bank Holiday Monday, have found the perfect formula for success in England’s second tier.
Henry told the Times: “A lot of clubs will be looking at the teams at the top, particularly Burnley, and look at what they have done.
“They’ve kept the bulk of their squad, the same manager and made some really good signings in the meantime.
“I’m sure most clubs won’t want to change 10 or 15 players every summer – that kind of continuous reshuffle rarely brings success.”
He continued: “When players do know what the manager wants and have that togetherness – there’s no doubting Burnley have that in abundance – you can go a long way in the game.
“I think team spirit is one of those things which is really underrated and is something we have definitely got now as a side.”
Despite being tipped to challenge for promotion back in August, Rangers lie firmly embedded in mid-table heading into the final two games of the campaign.
Despite that, Henry believes there haven’t been many sides they have faced this year who have been considerably better than themselves.
“I didn’t think there was a big gulf between us and a lot of the bigger teams this season,” added Henry.
“Ultimately, you have to be consistent all year if you want to challenge, and we haven’t done that.”