QPR should follow in Burnley’s footsteps, says chief executive
PUBLISHED: 13:30 10 April 2016
QPR chief executive Lee Hoos wants Rangers to follow in Burnley’s lead – admitting that players could use the club as a stepping stone in the future.
Hoos, who spent three-and-a-half years at Turf Moor in the same role, believes the promotion-chasing Clarets are a good example for the Rs to replicate moving forward.
He told the Times: “It’s no surprise to me the position Burnley are in at the moment – I fully expect them to get promoted.
“They splashed the cash last summer because they established a strong platform and had the cash to splash.
“They’ve taken a chance on younger players in the past who didn’t make the grade at bigger clubs like Kieran Trippier and Ben Mee at Manchester City, and have reaped the benefits from it.
“Both Tripps and Ingsy (Danny Ings) used the club as a stepping stone, but that was fine.
“If you look at the profit Burnley made on those two you’ve got to be happy.”
He continued: “Burnley have kept things tight, kept the infrastructure strong, they’ve done up the training ground and made improvements to the stadium.
“I can’t underestimate the importance of the training ground – it really is essential.
“A young player who has the chance of joining a big club where he might not get an opportunity, or alternatively has someone like a Burnley or a Southampton interested in him where you know will get an opportunity to play in the first team and develop as a player – you’d like to think they’d join the latter.
“We’re not naive, we know that they’ll be players who are a big part of the side now, who will see this club as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.
“If we continue to find these gems and sell them on for a premium and build a strong base, we will see the benefits in the long-term, just look at Southampton and Swansea.”
Hoos revealed to the Times that next season’s wage budget has been slashed by a third, with the culture of splashing the cash and big names on massive wages in W12 now a mere distant memory.
Nine players are out of contract at the end of the current campaign, including the likes of Junior Hoilett and Rob Green.
The former, who has impressed in recent months, is one of the highest earners at the club and Hoos says he must take a considerable wage cut if he wants to remain at Loftus Road.
He added: “There’s some players we want to keep, but might not be able to keep. Whether Junior is one of those, we’ll just have to see.
“It’s about convincing people that this is the new reality.
“Some players buy into it, and some don’t. I’ve seen it at Burnley, when people have decided to move elsewhere and probably regretted it afterwards.
“We think we are building something special, but if certain individuals don’t buy into it then we bid farewell and move on.
“Jimmy’s here because he is a realist and he knows what he is getting into. All he wants to know is where he stands and he’ll deal with it – and he has done that.
“He’s also got a great record working with youngsters, just look at what he did at Burton.
“Hopefully we’re all good salesmen for the club and can make the right pitch to convince the players that we want to stay to remain here and the players we want to bring in this summer, too.”
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