Paul Scholes: Tony Fernandes needs to show his ruthless side to revive QPR

As part of his exclusive column for The Independent, Scholes looks at the recently relegated QPR

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The only saving grace of Queen’s Park Rangers’ relegation is that the club now find themselves in a position to clear out a squad which, in part, has been relegated twice from the Premier League. But it is one very small consolation amid a whole load of problems for the club.

I heard Harry Redknapp talking about the squad this week and he said that nine of the players relegated this season also went down two seasons previously. It does beg the question why the club thought that they would be good enough this time if they were not the first time around. They have 10 first-team players out of contract on 30 June and they have no choice but to start afresh.

The chairman, Tony Fernandes, seems like a nice man but he needs to be ruthless now. He and Les Ferdinand have decided that bringing in young players is the way forward. I agree, but that takes time. They will need some good, experienced professionals to help them along that rebuilding process too.


It was a difficult situation for the manager, Chris Ramsey, to come into and he has not been able to turn around the squad. I don’t think he is an obvious choice to carry on in charge of the team.

When a team is relegated, a new leader can help turn the page at a club. QPR need that fresh start.