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Gary Neville: There is no visible strategy at QPR – the culture is wrong


Harry Redknapp's away-day blues continued at Turf Moor

Harry Redknapp's away-day blues continued at Turf Moor

Harry Redknapp's away-day blues continued at Turf Moor

Gary Neville believes that Queens Park Rangers are still suffering the effects of a rash transfer policy three years ago and continued abysmal away form.

Harry Redknapp's side are second from bottom in the Premier League and are the only side in the top flight without an away victory.

The Sky Sports pundit says that the problems set in after Neil Warnock got the London-based club promoted in 2011. The "collective" spirit kept the R's afloat on the final day of the season, but a transfer splurge led by Mark Hughes and back by Tony Fernandes altered the club spirit.

"The dynamic of the club changed," he wrote in his Daily Telegraph column. "They made a rash of deadline signings – players from a different mould, rather than the type Warnock might have wanted. From the moment owner Tony Fernandes backed those signings, when the club wanted to make a real impact in the Premier League, I think QPR became a spinning top, and have never recovered.

"They lack a visible strategy."

While the away-day blues has been a major factor in their struggles this season, it is not nothing new for the club.

"It is not a Harry Redknapp-generated problem. Four seasons ago when they were in the Premier League they were ranked 20 on away records."

"The year after (2012-13), when they went down, they were ranked 19th. Even last season, when they were promoted from the Championship, they were only the 10th best team in the division away from home. This season they are back to 20th on that measure. Rock bottom.

"So this weakness has bedevilled this group of players for four years. The culture is wrong."

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