New owner Tony Fernandes has given a huge boost to QPR’s survival chances by financing manager Neil Warnock’s deadline day splurge.
Shaun Wright-Phillips and Anton Ferdinand both arrived at the club on Wednesday, following Armand Traore, Joey Barton and Luke Young in signing after Fernandes’ entrance on 18th August.
With DJ Campbell, Danny Gabbidon, Kieron Dyer and Jay Bothroyd having arrived prior to the takeover, QPR’s squad has undergone a significant overhaul over the summer.
This was the expectation back in June, when QPR odds of 2/1 made them fourth-favourites for the drop ahead of Norwich, Swansea and Wigan.
However, it took Fernandes’ arrival to breathe new life into the rebuilding programme, with the regime led by Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore apparently reluctant to finance the type of spending free their personal wealth had hinted could take place.
Ecclestone and Briatore’s unwillingness to loosen the purse strings resulted in QPR’s relegation odds shortening to 4/5 by 15th August, with an opening-day 4-0 defeat to Bolton hardly helping matters.
But the arrival of Fernandes has coincided with QPR’s odds on going down lengthening to 7/5, with the players brought in expected to make a better fist of fighting for survival than the group which led the club to the Championship title last season.
Significantly, the Premier League clubs expected to be battling the drop were not able to match QPR’s late transfer activity, meaning they are now seen as more likely relegation prospects.
As such, punters may be better off putting their money on Swansea (13/20), Norwich (17/20), Blackburn (evens), or Wigan (2/1) than QPR, with Warnock now better-placed to lead his team to survival.
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