With Queens Park Rangers confirming that Alex Baptiste, Joel Lynch, Jake Bidwell, Jordan Cousins and Pawel Wszolek would be moving on from the club when their deals naturally expired this summer, reaction amongst the fans was somewhat mixed.
New manager Mark Warburton spoke of his disappointment at not keeping Bidwell, having worked with him previously at Brentford, and this week Director of Football Les Ferdinand spoke to the Official Site to discuss the departures, and whilst admitting it was hardly ‘ideal’ he repeated that Warburton was well aware of the finances and the requirement to have more of a youthful outlook moving forward.
“We have had to let players go and it’s not an ideal situation. When we signed these players we wanted them to be developed to put us in a position where we could look at selling them for more than we brought them in. That hasn’t happened but we will be saving on their wages and it allows us to look at other options.”
“We are very pleased. I am fully aware I have stood here before and said similar to this but we went through a very diligent process and we know where were are and what we are trying to do. We wanted someone who could come in and develop our younger players. Mark wants to do that and he has the background which proves it. In conversations I am having with him day in, day out, he knows where he wants to get to and how he wants to get there.”
With Warburton fully on board, hopefully we hit the ground running next season and everyone can get a small boost of confidence from that as we look to the future with more decisions going right for us, rather than wrong.
The main question on the lips of most fans will be who departs for money and how much of that will the new gaffer get to reinvest in the squad?