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QPR can’t be blamed for hijacking Loic Remy deal

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Queens Park Rangers don’t deserve the blame for hijacking Loic Remy’s move to Newcastle United because etiquette left football a long time ago.

Loic Remy agreed that he would meet with Newcastle United officials last Sunday evening to talk through personal terms ahead of a permanent move, but he didn’t show up as QPR matched the £8 million asking price requested by Marseille.

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They are also thought to have instantly matched the wage requests of Remy’s representatives which means it’s now a matter of time before the move to Loftus Road is completed.

QPR will be heavily criticised over the coming days but they’re just acting around something which has been in football for a long time.

The classic example has to be Roy Keane signing for Manchester United. Keane agreed to join Leeds United on a Friday, met Alex Ferguson over the weekend and then signed for the Old Trafford club on the Monday.

There is no sportsmanship in the game, no order of etiquette and it’s not going to change any time soon because the number of current players who are as good as their word, or their agent’s word, is very low.

Further good examples are the cases of Arjen Robben and John Obi Mikel, both originally meant to sign for Manchester United before making moves to Chelsea as soon as they set foot in the country.

Agents and player representatives are now so widespread that they can hijack deals, talk round players and stick a spanner in the works in more ways than ever before.

QPR saw an opportunity and they took it in the same way that Liverpool are reportedly trying to convince Wesley Sneijder to move to Anfield instead of joining Galatasaray.

Modern football is in such a state that until a player signs on the doted line, he is still available. It’s happened before, it’s happening now and it will happen again.

Comments (5)

  1. Old Droopy is going to ruin QPR. This is a high risk strategy bringing in one person on a massive contract who is 3rd choice and unproven. 100k per week living in London after they’re relegated? Who’s going to walk away on a free??? Sorry QPR ..but Loic, clearly football isn’t your ambition, so good luck to you… you’re gonig to have fun spending the money.

  2. According the journalists who actually know what goes on at QPR there was no ‘hijack’ because QPR had actually made the initial offer. If anything, Newcastle came in second. So it’s been much less a hijacking and much more a standard bidding war. I’m still relatively convinced Remy will go to Newcastle once they match the QPR offer, which is looking likely. Don’t forget Arsenal are also involved in the process (the “other Premier League club” the OM president spoke of yesterday).

  3. There’s also far far too much money in football to let etiquette get in the way. Sure, if everyone was more or less on a level playing field, players and agents didn’t earn ridiculous sums of money, then I’m sure such things might come into play.

    However, when you’ve got the new TV deal coming to the Premier League next season, getting relegated means missing out on even more cash than before, and potentially making it even harder for newly promoted teams to compete.

    QPR, who have done what any club in their position would do and spent money, have been unfortunate in that their acquisitions not working out (or Mark Hughes, depending on how you look at it) so they have more reason than the likes of, say, Reading to be desperate to stay up. A player like Remy may be able to help in that regard, and I’m afraid the concerns of angry Newcastle supporters are the least of Rangers’ worries at the moment.

    Redknapp has transformed the team, got them hard to beat and playing well, they now believe after a couple of brilliant results, so with a little more quality who’s to say Newcastle and QPR won’t have swapped places come the end of March looking at recent form anyway??

  4. According to Roy Keane’s book it was Kenny Dalglish at Blackburn he shook hands with on the Friday before he went to speak to Fergie on the Monday morning.

  5. There are no ethics in business , only legalities. Its an old quote but seems increasingly true in soccer today. I do not criticise QPR from a point of view of behaving dishonourably but I do criticise the fact that a club with that level of support is able to make ludicrously high offers , way in excess of their earnings as a club and I despair of the puny attempts of those in authority to bring financial sense to the beautiful game.