DILEMMA FOR FER­NAN­DES: WHO SPENDS HIS CASH?

The Football League Paper - - ADAM VIRGO -

WITHOUT some sign­ings in Jan­uary, QPR look like they could be rel­e­gated. Things re­ally are that bad. Ian Hol­loway is un­der huge pres­sure af­ter six de­feats in the seven games since his re­turn as man­ager in Novem­ber. In fact, his only vic­tory came on day one, when Nor­wich had a man sent off af­ter two min­utes. It’s been a wretched start and, when you con­sider that Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink never lost more than two league games in suc­ces­sion, he’s jus­ti­fied in look­ing over his shoul­der. In truth, though, it’s not all Ol­lie’s fault. In fact, I think the qual­ity of QPR’s squad is ac­cu­rately re­flected in their po­si­tion. Yes, the Hoops have good play­ers. They’re not get­ting bat­tered, but where are the clean sheets? Where are the match win­ners? Where are the goal scor­ers? Tjaronn Ch­ery is their top scorer with four – and he’s a mid­fielder. There’s noth­ing in their per­for­mances to sug­gest any­thing will change, which means owner Tony Fer­nan­des now faces a big de­ci­sion. Does he trust Hol­loway to spend his money in Jan­uary? Or does he let some­one else do the re­build­ing? Be­cause the worst course of all would be to let Hol­loway spend the win­dow sign­ing play­ers and then sack him in March, lum­ber­ing some­body with a load of play­ers they don’t want.

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