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13:30 5th February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Whatever the future holds, QPR are in safe hands says CEO …

Philip Beard has moved to reassure QPR’S fans that the future of the club is safe, regardless of what the future holds. 

With Rangers currently in a relegation scrap at the foot of the Premier League table, there have been suggestions the club could be in financial turmoil if it were to lose its top-flight status.

CEO Beard has moved to alleviate those fears, saying: “Tony Fernandes has never said he will leave the club if we’re relegated. 

“We have got wonderful owners. Tony has been at the forefront of it, but we have got three other fantastic owners in Din (Kamarudin Bin Meranun), Ruben (Emir Gnanalingam) and Amit Bhatia.

“We are in it for the long-term. We have got short, medium and long-term ambitions. This is a tough, tough season for us but whatever happens we are focused on what we have to do over the long-term.”

Following Rangers’ recent activity in the January window, which saw the club twice break its transfer record to sign Loic Remy and, days later, Chris Samba, Beard was also keen to stress the Board are not being reckless in an attempt to remain in the Premier League.

“I can reassure QPR fans that we have owners who are very successful businessmen and very sensible in business,” he added.

“Recent reports regarding what money our players are on are completely wide of the mark. Chris Samba was keen to come back to England, this is where his family are.

“He is not on anything like has been suggested. Even if we win trophies, with all sorts of different bonuses, he would not get anywhere close to the money that has been reported.

“We are in the middle of a tough season and there are no guarantees about what’s going to happen but Chris was keen to come back to the UK. 

“We have a vision here about what we are looking to achieve and hopefully over the next three or four years Chris will help us to get there.”

Beard will be joining Harry Redknapp, Clint Hill and Jamie Mackie at Thursday evening's Fans' Forum. Full details here.


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