Earlier this week Queens Park Rangers announced their released list following the curtain coming down on another disappointing Championship campaign in 2018/19.
A woeful start and then some real promise turned into even greater disappointment and frustration but we now look to rebuild once again under new manager Mark Warburton. Meeting with the media this week for his first press conference since taking the job on, Warburton has been saying all the right things about a plan, building the foundations, attractive but productive football and the pathway through from the underage setups into the first team and he made a point of saying he’s accepted the job with his eyes wide open in terms of the financial overhang at Loftus Road.
On that point, he must be, as he’s already lost a player he would’ve wanted to keep in the shape of Jake Bidwell, who he worked with previously at Brentford.
Talksport quote him saying of the 26-year-old.
“Jake knows what I think of him and how much I value him as a player and a person. He’s a real asset, on and off the field. Sometimes you have to make tough decisions, and sadly with Jake and a couple of others they’ve had to move on. What is vitally important for this football club now is we must get the recruitment right. We need to become a more stable outfit, on and off the field. I’m fully aware of what type of player we can and can’t afford.”
Speaking more generally about the transfer window, he admitted that poses problems of its own, but he does want four or five new faces in if he can.
“I’m very conscious that the window closes on August 8 – that for me changes the whole dynamic of everything. It’s a game of ifs and buts at the end of the day. Good players will be available late in the day, but then you’ll have bids coming in for your best players on August 7, so what do you do? Our work needs to be done sooner rather than later, and we need to bring in at least four or five players. You have to make sure you have depth in the squad, so when there’s injuries or you have to sell your star men you can cope. There will no excuses.”
A bit of quick business will boost the fanbase for sure – depending on who it is of course.