Queens Park Rangers’ owners have been urged to spend what is necessary to try and secure promotion to the Premier League next season by former player Kevin Gallen.
Gallen is well-regarded at the west London club, having played 369 league games for them over two separate stints, scoring 90 times.
The 45-year-old knows about winning promotion with the R’s, but that was from League One to the Championship in 2005.
He does know about playing in the Premier League though as he forged a partnership with Les Ferdinand in the 1990’s before he departed for Newcastle United, and Gallen believes getting the club back in the Premier League won’t be too hard if manager Mark Warburton is backed.
“Are the board going to be prepared to say ‘We’ve done it once, are we going to go again and have a right go and try and get into the top six and try to get promoted?'” Gallen told West London Sport.
“Johansen would be a great signing. Charlie Austin brings goals but he also brings excitement – the fans love him. Do they then go out and buy a couple of wing-backs who are quick?
“They’ve got the basis of a good team. They just need to add to it.
“Are they prepared to really have a little go and say ‘Hey, this is our year’?”
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Tony Fernandes is still one of QPR’s owners having taken the club over in 2011, along with Ruben Gnanalingam of Total Soccer Growth, but the main running of the club is done by Amit Bhatia, and he will be in charge of bringing players to Loftus Road along with director of football Les Ferdinand.
Many QPR fans have found themselves agreeing with Gallen’s comments about backing Warburton, especially since the club’s upturn in form since the start of 2021.
Like the sentiment but easier said than done @kevingallen10. FFP and wage demands make it v hard.
— RangersTweeter (@Rangerstweeter) March 10, 2021
Yes please! Though easy to spend other peoples' money!
— Tommy Saline (@tommysaline) March 10, 2021
@Amit_Bhatia99 must sign the current loan players up…
— Christian Harber (@QPR1980) March 10, 2021
Our owners won’t go into their pockets. It’s spare change to to them and they still won’t spend it.
— vks (@TheRealVickyTea) March 11, 2021
Good luck with that
— lee jamieson (@lajqpr) March 10, 2021
Yh pls https://t.co/yliDC8Ektj
— Keegs (@LewisKeegan7) March 10, 2021
Got to sign Austin, Johansen, Jordy and Field. A LWB and if possible another striker. I’d be worried to have only Dykes and Bonne to back up Austin.
— David Hadley (@hadders112) March 10, 2021