QPR owner Tony Fernandes sent ructions through the club’s next permanent manager betting with a Tuesday afternoon tweet that was understood to implicate former Swansea man Michael Laudrup.
However, it seems the Singapore Airlines supremo may have missed the point he made himself just a few days previously if ‘The Danish Redknapp’ really is his “dream manager”.
Fernandes recently told the QPR website about his desire to leave their days as a buying club behind:
“The academy is going to be the culture. If that’s the last thing I do it is going to be that players come through our academy.
“That structure is in place, the people are in place. The culture on the football pitch is that we are not going to be a buying club; we are going to be a developing club.
“We are going to develop players through the system. The philosophy of the club is what you see out there on the pitch, we are going to develop a style of play.”
Laudrup was hastily cut into favouritism for the position in the wake of Fernandes’ announcement, superseding long-time favourite Tim Sherwood in the process.
Since the dust has settled he has been eased slightly to 7/1, with caretaker Chris Ramsey now the 5/2 market leader, after Laudrup’s agent admitted it was unlikely his client’s current employers (Qatari outfit Lekhwiya) would allow him to leave now.
Nonetheless, with the legendary former Barcelona and Real Madrid creator out of contract at the end of the 2014/15 campaign, there remains a real possibility he could be Redknapp’s permanent successor.
Should that come to pass, the Super Hoops moneyman can only be seen to have confused dreams for nightmares.
Having lasted less than two seasons at each of the four posts before his current role, the ever itchy-footed Laudrup is the last man you would trust to oversee such Fernandes’ dreams of self-sufficiency.
Meanwhile a predilection for buying in old cronies Redknapp style is hardly conducive to the chairman’s vision either.
Chico Flores, Jonathan de Guzman and Pablo Hernandez were all playing under the Dane for the second time in their careers at the Liberty Stadium – Flores has since followed him to Qatar.