Fernandes Will Not Run Away

Tony Fernandes, the owner of Queen’s Park Rangers, said yesterday that he was not “scared” by relegation from the Premier League. Only goal difference is keeping QPR out of the bottom three and there have been doubts whether the Malaysian, who took over the club at the start of the season, will stay if relegation ensues.

Fernandes said: “The QPR fans are just getting to know me. So no, I’m not going to run away. I started an airline with two planes, been through SARS, bird flu, a Tsunami, an earthquake, terrorism and airports closed for seven days. Relegation isn’t going to scare me. It’s a long-term project and Rome wasn’t built in a day. Along the way there will be hiccups. But when you look back in 15 and 20 years’ time, we will be proud of what we achieved.”

QPR face Everton on Saturday after three defeats in a row. Fernandes said: “Mark Hughes has brought new energy to the club, but we haven’t had the best of luck. But we have a good squad. We have a tough few weeks, but if we come through that I’m really looking forward to the future. The main aim is to stay in the Premier League, but other plans have to go on. The training ground is looking good and the stadium is something I have been working on. Amazingly, it’s easier buying 100 planes than building a stadium in the UK.”

Darren Witcoop -The Independent