QPR boss may regret letting Clint Hill and Alejandro Faurlin leave the club
PUBLISHED: 16:45 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 23:48 30 May 2016
COMMENT: I think it’s safe to say there was yet another QPR meltdown on Monday via social media – and Rs boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink felt the full brunt of that.
This stemmed from the news that club stalwarts Clint Hill and Alejandro Faurlin would be departing W12 when their contracts expire at the end of next month.
They were big decisions to make and brave ones from Hasselbaink, who has a enormous job to turn QPR around and back into a force to be reckoned with in the Championship again.
Many will argue that having individuals like Hill and Faurlin would have aided that process. Unlike many individuals at the club in recent years, they acted with real class and integrity every time they represented QPR.
Many fans strongly believe Faurlin deserved a new deal. Some of their minds have been swayed by his fans favourite/hero status, which he quite deservedly holds.
Firstly, it should be noted that after suffering three ACL injuries he should be given enormous credit for the way he came back from those setbacks, and the other obstacles he faced in his seven-year spell at Rangers.
Considering all of that, to go and play 30 games this season in what is a fiercely competitive and challenging division, without any real problems along the way, should fill him with real confidence for the future.
However, the fact remains he simply doesn’t have the same impact and control on games as he did say five years ago, and that’s quite understandable considering the injury problems he has had to face.
That said, Faurlin is a very capable player at this level, he’s definitely a lot better than most you see in the Championship, so it was a brave call by Rangers.
The Argentinian midfielder wanted assurances that he would be a first-team regular, and he wasn’t given them, so as a result the pair parted company.
QPR should be given credit for the way they stood by Faurlin during his injury hell, but the club made the right decision here - as long as they get a better replacement in this summer.
However, few would disagree that Hill has another year left in him before retiring, and Hasselbaink maybe underestimated the influence he can still have.
It says a lot that after throwing away millions upon millions, Hill remained QPR’s best defender, and very rarely during his six-year spell at Loftus Road let himself down with poor displays.
He was a rare shining light during the club’s two recent and brief spells in the Premier League, and will always have a place in Rangers folklore after captaining them to play-off glory two years ago at Wembley in the most dramatic of circumstances. Hill in particular will not be short of offers this summer, and may look to hang up his boots should a promising coaching position arise.
The 37-year-old already has the necessary qualifications to manage in the Championship.
What are the odds of Faurlin and Hill coming back to haunt Rangers next year?
These were brave calls by Hasselbaink, and he must replace the duo with players of sufficient quality, otherwise he could well be on borrowed time with supporters.
After all, that reccuring theme of short-termism has been all too clear in W12 for nearly a decade.