DILEMMA FOR FERNANDES: WHO SPENDS HIS CASH?
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.