Shaun Derry has admitted that the Queens Park Rangers dressing room had problems when they were in the Premier League during his time with the club.
The midfielder was an influential figure as the R’s won the Championship title in 2011 and he was also a regular as they managed to preserve their top-flight status in that first season back. However, it wasn’t easy for the Londoners, as they only survived on arguably the most dramatic final day in Premier League history, with Manchester City beating QPR 3-2 to lift the title, however results from elsewhere meant Mark Hughes’ men stayed up.
Yet, the next year was a disaster as the R’s were relegated and Derry has suggested to The Athletic that the issues were already there from the 11/12 season due to the recruitment that saw many different characters brought together.
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“I felt we tried to sprint before we could jog as a Premier League football club. We were buying some extremely expensive players and the dynamics of the football club changed very, very quickly.
“That created these little splits and cliques in the dressing room and on the pitch. I always felt that each individual had their own agenda.”
Derry’s influence on the team would be reduced the following season as he made just 18 appearances and QPR endured a pretty horrific season. They sacked Hughes in November after another spending spree in the summer didn’t work out and they were relegated by the end of April.
They wouldn’t have to wait long to return to the top-flight though, with Harry Redknapp’s men winning the 2014 play-off final thanks to a late winner from Bobby Zamora against Derby County.