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Monday, January 28, 2013
Fernandes takes the heat for QPR woes

Kevin Palmer

Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes has indicated he could step down if the club's season ends with relegation.

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Saturday's 4-2 FA Cup humbling at the hands of League One side MK Dons has intensified the pressure on Fernandes, with the club's Premier League future uncertain as they sit bottom of the table and five points from safety.

Reacting to the upset, the Malaysian businessman responded to criticism from fans via Twitter, suggesting he may sacrifice his job at the club if QPR's fortunes fail to improve.

"Many fans attacking me," Fernandes tweeted. "Doing our best. We won't stop trying. As I have said many times I take all responsibility and will face the music. Always spirit up. If can't fix it I will be first to go."

The owner of airline Air Asia clarified his position with another post on Monday morning, saying he would listen to the club's supporters before making any decision.

"Fantastic response from QPR fans," he tweeted. "Good chat with Harry. I'm a fighter so if fans want me to stay I stay whatever happens. End of subject."

Thousands of QPR fans headed for the exits at Loftus Road ten minutes into the second half on Saturday after witnessing Harry Redknapp's revamped side fall four goals behind to their lower league opponents, with a late rally failing to spare their blushes.

Redknapp has said he faces a race against time to sign the players he needs to sustain his bid to keep QPR in the Premier League, with the former Tottenham boss struggling to convince personnel to join him at Loftus Road.

"We gave a few lads a chance to show what they could do and I think they showed why I am chasing all over Europe to try and find new players," Redknapp said.

QPR host Premier League champions Manchester City on Tuesday night.




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