Being a Queens Park Rangers fan is not easy. The last few years have been a roller coaster ride, to say the least. As a QPR fan and season ticket holder, I can tell you that being a QPR fan is a completely different experience to any other Premier League club.
Even if Loftus Road is the smallest ground in the league, it has one of the greatest atmospheres in the whole country. I have never experienced such an atmosphere than last year, against Liverpool after we came back from 2-0 to win 3-2 in the space of 13 minutes. This was up there with the best games I’ve ever witnessed. To leave this stadium to a proposed new one would be so sad for me, as I’ve grown up around Loftus Road. However, I think in a way, we need a bigger stadium as the facilities outside the stadium are not Premier League class. Toilets and food definitely have room for improvement, just to name two things.
On the pitch, the team isn’t playing as a unit and we need to sort it out as soon as possible. Even though this is stating the obvious, changes are needed. And if this includes sacking manager Mark Hughes, then so be it.
When Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone partnered up to become the new owners of the side in 2007, this was the most memorable part of our history for a very long time. But in that space of 4 years, especially the first 3 seasons, they were packed with too many negatives and not enough positives. The side weren’t playing well, and not as a team as we are now.
The beginning of this current season has not been the most exciting, to say the least, with two points from 6 matches. The majority of the fans are having doubts about Hughes. After our 2-1 defeat to West Ham, I believe the players heads have fallen, but the fans will stick behind the team no matter what. At 2-0 down, the fans were singing “We love you Rangers, we do” over and over again. Personally, I think that this is pure loyalty and what Rangers is all about. Even if the fans are behind the team, the team still isn’t performing up to scratch. Against West Ham we looked like a pile of individuals, not a team. To be quite frank, we were giving the ball away and we looked poor. If I wanted to, I could spend hours ranting and moaning at individual players and could spend seconds praising the two decent players from that night.
Understandably, manager Mark Hughes is taking a lot of stick from the fans. From all the fans I’ve heard on Twitter and at the ground the other day, the fans are calling for Hughes to be sacked. As a QPR supporter, we have got to be careful so we don’t go through a string of managers like we did under Briatore and Ecclestone. Personally, I give it until the end of the month, and if the side hasn’t jelled by then and we are still playing as bad as we are now, then I will be calling for him to be sacked.
It would be a dream to get Harry Redknapp in. But in hindsight, I believe Fernandes made a mistake last season by sacking Neil Warnock in the middle of January, when QPR was rushed into making a decision and Hughes was rushed into making signings. We survived last season, but only by the skin of our teeth. If Fernandes is going to pull the plug on Hughes, it’s better to do it soon rather than wait until it’s too late.