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Warnock hits back at QPR chairman

Former QPR boss Neil Warnock has dismissed criticism of his transfer dealings from the club’s chairman Tony Fernandes.

QPR’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed following a 0-0 draw with Reading on Sunday and Fernandes has since singled out mistakes made when the club were promoted in 2011 as the reason.

Warnock was the man at the helm during that transfer window and was sacked midway through the 2011-12 campaign due to disappointing results.

But the 64-year-old has launched a defence of his record, claiming the transfers were largely out of his control.

“We had been promoted at the beginning of May and we couldn’t sign a player,” he told Sky Sports News Radio.
“Other clubs – Swansea, Norwich – were signing players that I wanted to sign and gradually they were all gone.

“We were left having to sign players because if we had not we would have been left adrift by Christmas.

“So I agree with him in some respects in that we had to sign players we probably wouldn’t have signed if things had happened weeks before.”

The Englishman also insisted he could have guided the club to safety – a task which eventually fell to Mark Hughes – if given the opportunity to strengthen in January.

“I think if we had signed the players I wanted to sign at Christmas we would have consolidated,” Warnock continued.
“We would have built like Swansea and Norwich to some extent, that’s the disappointment.”

Warnock was appointed by Leeds United one month after leaving Loftus Road, but was subsequently sacked at the beginning of April.
Thu 2 May, 2013
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