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Thursday, September 6, 2012
Beard: QPR will avoid relegation battle

ESPN staff

Queens Park Rangers chief executive Philip Beard says the club will not be involved in a relegation battle this season following a summer of big-money signings.

Twelve players arrived at Loftus Road during the transfer window, and Beard believes this should allow the club to avoid last season's scenario of surviving on the final day.

"We haven't made the investment of this summer to simply compete at the same level as last season," Beard told London 24.

"The investment has been made so that we feel we are a club which can compete against - and beat - every club we play. We all believe that the squad we have now should be able to get stability in the Premier League - not fighting for survival.''

Beard allayed fans' worries that the club were risking their own financial well-being by spending beyond their means.

"Some clubs have spent 12 million or 15 million on one player. You would struggle to get that sort of number for all the players we have signed," Beard explained.

"What we have done is strike a balance. I have looked at it long and hard, and there are some very talented young players we have brought to the club who I think will be available for a long time to come.''

The chief executive was quick to defend Mark Hughes' decision to sign Brazil international Julio Cesar from Inter Milan, just weeks after fellow goalkeeper Robert Green has joined.

"The club now has two very strong goalkeepers, and Mark will decide which one plays when,'' Beard said. "It wasn't something in his mind, that Julio Cesar could come to the club a very sensible way, and we decided to take that opportunity. The best teams have strength in every position.''

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