Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Fernandes happy with QPR regardless

Tony Fernandes
Tony Fernandes

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes will not question his takeover of the club, even if they are relegated from the Barclays Premier League at the weekend.

Mark Hughes' side travel to title-chasing Manchester City knowing a point will be enough to effectively guarantee top-flight survival, while defeat would leave them sweating on results elsewhere. Malaysian business tycoon Fernandes completed his takeover of the club last summer and, despite a turbulent season, he believes he made the right choice.

"We still have a bit of work to do to stay up; whether we stay up or not I'm convinced I made the right decision coming to this club," he told QPR Player. "The journey is set, we are on this road, nothing is going to stop me. I'm loving it and hopefully the fans are happy with what we're doing."

Fernandes has backed both Neil Warnock and Hughes in the transfer market as well as appointing key backroom staff.

The most recent off-field acquisition was new technical director Mike Rigg, who worked alongside Hughes at Man City and Blackburn, and Fernandes believes he could prove invaluable.

"I think he is a critical appointment," Fernandes added. "All through the game (a 1-0 win over Stoke) he had so much to talk to me about. That gives me a lot of encouragement that we are making the right moves for the future."

The victory over Stoke was the first Fernandes has witnessed live at Loftus Road since he took charge, but it is the club's poor away record that has left them in trouble.

Only one point has been picked up on the road since Hughes was appointed in January, but Fernandes believes the final-day drama will be indicative of Rangers' whole season.

He said: "It has been our season all year, lots of ups and downs, but there is something that just keeps going for us.

"When everything looks bleak suddenly that spark comes; 2-0 down at Liverpool, we come back and win 3-2. We keep shooting ourselves in the foot though, but we keep doing it."

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