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The clear out at QPR has begun

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After writing a blog piece on Tony Fernandes and the situation at QPR (which can be found here) http://realfootballman.com/2015/05/20/tony-fernandes-has-the-dream-become-a-nightmare/

It seems the clear out has most definitely begun with no fewer than 6 players being told they won’t be offered new contracts for next season, the 6 in question are Joey Barton, Rio Ferdinand, Bobby Zamora, Richard Dunne, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Brian Murphy. So 4 England Internationals and 1 Irish International in that list and no doubt big wage earners off the books.

In addition to this the loaned in players Mauricio Isla, Niko Kranjcar, Eduardo Vargas and Mauro Zarate have also returned to their parent club meaning that their has been an exodus of 10 players to leave QPR in the past day. The decision to not re-sign the 6 veterans is obviously that of a cost cutting one with Tony Fernandes looking to drive down the wage bill now the West London club are in the Championship.

What will be interesting to see is the kind of names that Tony Fernandes and Chris Ramsey now can bring to Loftus Road to replace them, will the focus now be on younger and arguably more hungrier players and not mercenaries just looking to get one last pay cheque at the top level. Also the names that they do bring in will be a statement of intent for next season, with the threat of that FFP fine still hanging over them next season could just be one of consolidation instead of necessarily bouncing straight back up.

There is a lot of work to be done at Loftus Road but they’ve certainly taken the first step on a very long path to clear out the deadwood and the toxic atmosphere which was so prevalent last season, how a younger squad can cope and whether Chris Ramsey is the right man to get them promoted at the first time of asking remains to be seen.

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