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Fernandes questions QPR players' attitude

ESPN staff
April 30, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Tony Fernandes believes QPR's defeats impacted him more than the players © PA Photos
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QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has claimed the attitude of the club's players was responsible for their Premier League relegation this season, suggesting some members of the squad didn't live up to their huge wage.

Rangers were relegated after Sunday's 0-0 draw with Reading and the sight of defender Jose Bosingwa laughing just moments after their fate was sealed angered some - although he was defended by manager Harry Redknapp.

Fernandes expressed his disappointment at the decline of QPR and believes some of this season's defeats and the oevrall result had more of an impact on him than the players at Loftus Road.

"We are two years wiser than when we arrived. We want players that want to play for us. Players that want to win. Players who get disappointed like I do when we lose," Fernandes told the club's official website.

"It's heart-breaking for me when we lose. I don't want to go out, I just want to stay at home. And I am someone who has dealt with success and dealt with disappointment. But there is nothing I have gone through that is as disappointing as losing a football game.

"I haven't said it throughout the season because it wasn't right to be said, but it hurt me when I saw some of the players who didn't feel the way I felt. And in fact, in their case, it should be worse because this is their job, it's their life.

"It wasn't a good feeling. It was probably the low point for me when I saw the reaction of some of the players. It has shocked me because it is something that is alien to me. If I am taking someone else's money, then I am going to work bloody hard for that person."

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