JOEY Barton insists Rangers mustn’t rest of their laurels following promotion back to the big time.
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“It’s important that the right characters come to this football club now. This can’t be a place where good footballers come to die anymore,” said Barton.
“Those days are gone.
“The club’s tried that and it hasn’t worked. No-one likes that, no-one wants that. This club now has to kick forward.”
QPR’s problems in our relegation campaign of 2012/13 were well documented.
And in a typically-frank interview with London Call-In – the club’s official midweek phone-in show – Barton, who was on loan at Marseille during the ill-fated season, told us: “We have to make sure that we’re in the Premier League for a long time to come.
“At 9 o’clock on Saturday (after the 1-0 play-off final win over Derby County), I said to people, ‘Let’s enjoy this (the celebrations), but there’s no point in going up and coming back down.’
“That’s not what we want. The ambition now at this football club has to be to build a dynasty.
“A lot of people have come up to me and said that it (the play-off final) was the greatest day in the club’s history. For me, it’s certainly my best day at QPR.
“But I want more days like that. The way the fans were was amazing. After you’ve experienced and tasted that, how could you not want more?”
He added: “I’m going to give people (team-mates) a few weeks before I start badgering them again – just because they’ve had me on their cases for so long!
“I’ve said you can have two weeks of rest and recuperation, and then we go again. We start setting targets, we start setting goals.
“Team spirit and togetherness is so powerful, not only as 11 players, but as a group, as a club. Where it can take you – I can’t even imagine how far we can go.
“People have seen what you can do in a short space of time. The more people buy into it, the better it becomes for everyone.”