It’s been announced today that Chelsea have sacked their umpteenth manager in a few short years, and the forums and Twitter have been running hot with the question of foreign owners in English football.
The Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich appears to be a hothead when it comes to hiring and firing. He’s spent around a billion pounds on his toy, and today sees Chelsea hit crisis point. As a QPR fan, I’m more than happy to see our deadly rivals in a bit of bother.
We’ve seen the huge cash injection at Manchester City cause imbalance in our top division, and we’ve seen the Glazers turn Manchester United from an extremely profitable club into one carrying hundreds of millions of pounds worth of debt. But are all foreign owners bad?
At QPR, we have Tony Fernandes, boss of Air Asia and a Malaysian. At first I had doubts about him coming to the club, mainly because I knew nothing about him, but what a revelation he’s been. The previous owners at QPR were foreign, and we got into a right mess. You can see the goings on in a BBC 2 documentary tonight called ‘The Four Year Plan’.
Tony has given QPR fans a blueprint for the future. He’s not interested in throwing money at the club in the vain hope that we can become an overnight success. He’s seeing the club as an investment, and as such, he’s developing the infrastructure. He’s already got plans in place for a youth academy, a new training facility, and a new stadium. The guy knows what he’s doing and the fans trust him. Yesterday at the home game against Everton, he went on a pub crawl with the fans and then spent the first half in the stands with them. This is no ordinary chairman. He cares about the fans and cares about what they think. He’s a very open chairman and interacts with his customers, the fans, even on Twitter.
So while many may think foreign owners can be a detriment to our game, have a look at the fantastic work being done by Tony Fernandes at QPR. You might think differently.