Deadline Day Panic: Is QPR’s Spending An Accident Waiting To Happen?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Johnny says:

    “Christopher Samba had arrived at Loftus Road for a fee of £12.5m and a reported wage of £100,000 per week, the sort of figures which prove the fears of those who have concluded that a vastly increased television contract is pretty pointless because football clubs will always find a way of throwing good money after bad, no matter how much they’re given to spend.”

    Very true and, as you go a little way towards implying a little later on in the article, the players and their agents head into these negotiations knowing there is more to be squeezed out of these clubs. Waste of time, just sees more money wasted on already over-valued and over-paid players.

  2. Hughesie in Oz says:

    “Moreover, the decision to spend this amount of money at this time on a defender seems, well, odd. QPR have kept clean sheets against three of the Premier League’s strongest defences in recent weeks and are unbeaten in the league in 2013.”

    Not a well researched article. They have bought Samba, albeit for a somewhat OTT price, because they are woefully short of centre backs and by far their best one this season, Ryan Nelson, has just played his last game for them and is off to Canada to coach Toronto.

  3. Peter says:

    If you think signing a central defender is strange then you have no clue about QPR.

  4. Paul says:

    But why were they short of centre backs? Harry let Ferdinand go out on loan when he knew Nelson was off to Toronto. A panic situation created deliberatly and Harry knew it would put Chairman under enormous pressure to land Samba – no matter what the cost. Harry is very brave with other peoples money. QPR may stay up and he will be a hero. If not then he will be able to say that the situation was too desperate and he did his best. If they drop Harry will stay for a while and move on to the next job. QPR will then be another Portsmouth. Chairman’s fault. He brought in Harry and is not strong enough to manage him.

  5. MoeTheBarman says:

    Aside from the above mentioned comments that Nelson has left, you failed to mention that QPR have been doing well lately because Redknapp is there. It has taken a little while to get them to play but, the odd shocker aside, the are looking much better than under Hughes.

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