I thought this guy Fernandes had a fleet of airliners; if so, why does he spend his life flying kites? Over at West Ham we are used to bullshit and some of us with a brain now know how to spot it at 35,000 feet, but the poor old Rs fans seem to be taking this Fernandes guy to heart!
The latest spin to keep the fans buzzing is talk of buying a new stadium. And haven't we seen at West Ham what a great distraction that is to what is happening on the football pitch? And we are not alone! Leicester built a new stadium and were relegated. Boro built a new stadium and were relegated. Coventry built a new stadium and were relegated. Sunderland built a new stadium and were relegated. Liverpool started talking about building a new stadium and promptly plummeted down the division. Arsenal built a new stadium and stopped winning trophies. Man Utd haven't built a new stadium and neither have Chelsea and strangely, they have kept winning all the trophies!
But no matter. Fernandes likes to talk big and is setting out a road map for QPR to be a megaclub with a 50,000 capacity stadium. Never mind that prices had to be dropped to fill little old Loftus Road in the first season back in the Prem for years. Never mind that the ground wasn't always full even when QPR finished second in the top division with some genuinely great players in the team. No, you don't need fans to need a big new shiny stadium, you just need ambition! Or a lorry load of bullshit!
Fernandes uses a classic line in his latest wheeze, telling anybody stupid enough to listen: "We will have to move and we are looking around. You need lofty ambitions and as we move up the Premier League it will be very important to build a fan base.”
Well no, Tony, you don't. QPR already have a fan base. They are fans who, unlike you, have supported the club through thick and thin since birth, die hard Rs whose hearts and souls are in the club. Fan bases are not built. Yes there are plastic fans who attach themselves to clubs during the good times - 13 and 14 year old boys who change scarves according to who their mates support - but they disappear as soon as a club drops below 4th in the table. Isn't it amazing how that strange creature, the university educated Scouser has all but become extinct in the Home Counties in recent years?
And what's this nonsense about climbing up the Premiership table? QPR are below Swansea and Norwich as we speak and 3 points off a relegation place. The Rs caught Everton on an off day and haven't yet played a top team. Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool and Spurs all lie ahead and there are not many teams in the division who haven't had to play at least one of that lot so far. Bolton are bottom but they have played Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. And who did they get their 3 points against? 4-0. Think about it all you cocky Rs!
So why has Fernandes come out with this now? Well it is a long international break and that 6-0 thumping at Fulham may just encourage a few fans to start doubting the Malaysian Messiah. Time to crank up the PR, time to feed the dream machine, time for some froth to drown out reality.
I know you QPR fans think I am having a go but I'm not. We have been through it at West Ham and Fernandes is following the claret and blueprint! I don't want QPR to go down - despite Warnock, Barton, Gabbidon and Dyer - but this Fernandes guy is a publicity whore like Sullivan and Gold. Do you want the dream of a new stadium or the reality of a decent team on the pitch? Fernandes will dangle the one whilst packing the squad with poor quality off loads - players like Wright Phillips, Anton Ferdinand, D J Campbell and Bothroyd. I hope I am wrong but I fear turbulence ahead!