It’s not Warnock’s fault! Fernandes accepts blame for QPR’s relegation
QPR majority owner Tony Fernandes accepts the blame for the Hoops's relegation from the Premier League this season
Tony Fernandes says he is to blame for Queens Park Rangers’s relegation from the Premier League – and not former manager Neil Warnock.
Earlier this week, the QPR chairman suggested the club’s poor transfer record was one of the major factors behind their top-flight struggles.
As a result, Warnock’s signings at the end of the summer transfer window in 2011 came under particular scrutiny, with the likes of Anton Ferdinand and Armand Traore moving to Loftus Road.
But Fernandes, who has a 66 per cent stake in QPR, admitted he alone is culpable for the west London side’s failure to cement their status in the Premier League.
“You would have to be slightly off your rocker to say Neil Warnock was to blame [for QPR being relegated],” Fernandes told talkSPORT.
“He was in charge for about four months of our time in the Premier League.
“There is only one person to blame for this and it’s myself. You can’t blame agents. You can’t blame the players.
“At the end of the day everything was sanctioned by me. There is only one person responsible for this.”
QPR have been criticised for their decision to invest in big-name stars on lucrative contracts, with some of the players who helped the Hoops achieve promotion leaving the club.
Whilst Fernandes conceded QPR have struggled in the transfer market, the Malaysian businessman says that the players who were shown the exit door simply weren’t good enough to compete in the top flight.
“With QPR my philosophy has always been to bring the right people in but we were chasing our tail from the moment we were promoted [in 2011]. We had one week with Neil [Warnock] to buy four players,” he said.
“In December we were struggling towards the bottom of the Premier League. We brought Mark [Hughes] in but we never had the time to take a risk with younger players, which is what I really believe in, and we never had time to build a culture and be choosy about who we brought in because we just had to build a squad.
“Every player that came up from the Championship and has left QPR is not playing in the Premier League. We didn’t let go of anyone who went on to bigger things. They just weren’t good enough for the Premier League.”