Fernandes - No panic at QPR

Chairman insists they will continue 'sensible business'

Tony Fernandes: QPR chairman saw his side lose 5-0 at home to Swansea on the opening day

Joey Barton: Former captain's future still to be decided as he faces 12-game ban

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Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes has rejected suggestions that the club are 'panic buying' in the wake of their 5-0 humbling by Swansea.

The Rs have responded to their dismal opening day defeat at Loftus Road by making moves for experienced central defenders Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Dawson and goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Mark Hughes has been one of the busiest managers in the transfer window this summer, bringing in a host of new faces as the West London side look to avoid the relegation scrap of last term which saw them survive on the final day of the season.

But Fernandes insists that all of their dealings are undertaken with a long-term goal in mind and maintains the club will not spend more than they can afford.

Very calm

He said: "We are in discussions but QPR have got to run a sensible business. I think people out there think we are just throwing money and panic buying.

"But I think we are very calm at what we want.

"We have done some sensible business over the summer and we are not going to throw it away. We are here for the long run and we'll do things properly."


The future of controversial midfielder Joey Barton remains undecided, with the club's former captain linked with a move away from Loftus Road and facing a 12-game suspension at the start of the season.

Fernandes added: "There are many things that are happening with Joey, and it's just like anything else, it all happens in the last nine days of the transfer window.

"Nothing's confirmed and Joey's very much a QPR player at the moment. He's done us proud in the past, so we'll just wait and see what happens."