QPR1st supporters’ trust hopes the sacking of head coach Chris Ramsey and the reported new ambition for promotion does not mark a return to short-term, incoherent decision-making at the club.
Supporters were told the club was aiming for stability and a period of rebuilding. Now we are advised that, because we did not sell three players as had been expected, the target is now to be promotion contenders.
Club co-chairman Tony Fernandes has repeatedly said that lessons have been learnt by the board. Yet the most important lesson is that short-term decision-making does not work. Since 2011 we have had four managers, a succession of over-paid poorly performing players, ballooning debts and two relegations from the Premier League. The stated aim of gaining stability and rebuilding in the Championship lasted less than 12 weeks into the season.
We hope the club will have a considered process for appointing a new head coach/manager – conducted without tweets giving a commentary that appears to undermine the professionalism of the process.
The club needs someone with some experience and who is able to develop, with the Director of Football, a clear, achievable and financially sound plan for developing the team in the coming years
But, his work will be impossible if the leadership of the club itself fundamentally changes its priorities with the regularity of a weathervane.
We would like to hear from the club a realistic plan for development.
We wish Chris Ramsey well for the future; he had a difficult job to do as chief coach of a club facing relegation, and changing priorities. And, of course, we wish Neil Warnock well on the pitch in the next few months.