QPR rifts remain, says Oliver Holt, if fallout from Dubai training camp is anything to go by
Last Updated: March 7, 2013 12:31pm
QPR squad is divided
The fallout from QPR's recent training camp in Dubai confirms that deep rifts remain at the club, says the Daily Mirror's Oliver Holt.
"One of the most interesting things about the story is that it shows what we probably already knew anyway - that there are big splits in that QPR squad and there have been big splits in it for a long time."
Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has denied a story written by Holt's colleague, Martin Lipton, on Saturday that reported that players behaved unprofessionally on the trip.
Redknapp hit out at the reports later the same day following his side's crucial 2-1 Premier League win at Southampton. READ OUR STORY HERE.
But Holt told Sunday Supplement that Lipton, who quoted three unnamed QPR players in his piece, had raised important questions about the unity with the London club's squad.
"As far as I'm aware, nobody is disputing that the players were out," he said. "I thought it was an excellent story by Martin and I haven't particularly seen it contradicted.
"I know Harry said he thought it was 'disgusting' but to me it seems like an argument over the approach that you take.
"Is it a 'new-school' approach where you don't go out drinking, particularly not if you are bottom of the Premier League when you are on a mid-season break.
"Or is it good for bonding - is it the 'old-style' view that 'everything's fine, everybody can go for night's out on a trip'.
"We know there were a lot of other clubs out there and there were none of these headlines about that.
"One of the most interesting things about the story is that it shows what we probably already knew anyway - that there are big splits in that QPR squad and there have been big splits in it for a long time.
"As we know there were a lot of other teams out there; we didn't get any stories about them and they were probably all out as well.
"But QPR are bottom of the table. That's the thing. Is it a wise thing to go out partying in that kind of environment?
"I understand Harry's point - Harry's point, I think, is that so long as they are on the training ground at 8am then what's the problem?"
Holt added: "There has been such a high turnover of managers at QPR that there are players who are loyal to previous managers, players who are loyal to Harry.
"There's a reason why Anton Ferdinand is playing football in Turkey at the moment. There are a lot of arguments in the changing room there - it is not an easy place to manage and I think Harry Redknapp knows it's not an easy place to manage.
"He's not going to be clapping and applauding when he sees this story. It's just a question of how important or not you think it is when the players are out like that."