Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton has insisted that the club’s board have always given him the best possible financial support he could have had and that the Rs will look to invest in and keep key players this summer.
Warburton’s side are facing a crucial summer transfer window where they will need to add some extra quality to the side and keep hold of some of their key performers if they are to challenge for promotion next term. The QPR boss had suggested recently that he felt if the club could keep hold of their key players in the summer then they could challenge for promotion.
Charlie Austin has also suggested that he would be open to remaining with QPR next season if the club can show him that they have the ambition to mount a promotion challenge. Both his comments and the recent ones from Warburton suggest that there is a real hunger amongst the playing squad to challenge for the top-six next term and fans will be hoping the board show that ambition as well.
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Speaking to West London Sport, Warburton clarified his recent comments and suggested that the board have always offered him the right level of financial support that they can sustain. While he also insisted that whilst they can not compete with the budgets of other teams in the league they would not sell key players on the cheap.
He said: “I said that we’d be in a good place (if players stay). My comment relates to the fact that we’ll be in a good place if we can keep the players together, and if you can use the market wisely – and be lucky as well.
“The board has always given us the best possible financial support. That’s been very clear from the outset – certainly in my time here.
“Everyone wants the best for QPR and to move forward. But you’re always up against significantly bigger budgets. We’re never going to spend £4m or £5m on a player. We just can’t do that.
“So what we have to do is recruit wisely, use the market – permanent and loan – as best as we possibly can and then see where that takes us. But comments about players; every player in the world has got a price.
“If the price is right to the board and QPR and a club wants one of our players then they’ll move. But it’ll be QPR’s price and not the other club’s price.”
Supporters of QPR are desperate to see the club try and mount a challenge for promotion next term and see them compete for a place in the top-six. Warburton’s comments suggest that he is also hoping that with the backing from the board to keep hold of key players he can manage to put together a side that can do just that.
The Rs have managed to assemble a squad with a lot of young and talented players who have shown some strong form in the second half of the campaign. Keeping hold of those players in the long-term is now going to be the major challenge, but Warburton’s comments here do suggest that they will do all that they can financially to keep them at the club.
The board stuck with Warburton earlier on in the campaign when the Rs were struggling and helped with some wise January additions. Since then, QPR have been upwardly mobile and confidence should be there that they can compete next term. It will depend on how much is made available for them to invest in the squad over the summer.