QPR chiefs prepared to ‘fight tooth and nail’

Chief executive Philip Beard has reiterated that QPR’s owners will remain committed even if the club drops out of the Premier League.

Saturday’s controversial defeat against fellow strugglers Bolton left Mark Hughes’ team in the bottom three and on course for relegation.

The Tony Fernandes-led regime’s attempt to spend big in order to stay in the top flight looks like it may backfire, but Beard believes they will not be deterred should Rangers return to the Championship.

He said: “The thing I think is really important is that we’ve got a group of shareholders who are totally committed.

“My understanding – and I spend a lot of time with them – is that they are 100% committed to this club in the short, medium and long term.”

Last September QPR vice-chairman Amit Bhatia told West London Sport the club was “debt free” following the Fernandes-led takeover.

Despite huge spending on players, Beard agrees with that assessment and insisted: “We have no debts in the club whatsoever. The only debt is with the shareholders.

“Ideally we stay in the Premier League this season and kick on. If things don’t work the way that we want them to, we’ll regroup and fight tooth and nail to come back up.”

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