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QPR were relegated from the Premier League with us last season but are currently in 11th place in the Championship with no chance of either going up or down but their chief executive Lee Hoos, who was with us until the end of the season wants them to follow our lead.

hoosSpeaking to the Kilburn Times, Hoos said: “It’s no surprise to me the position Burnley are in at the moment. I fully expect them to get promoted. They splashed the cash last summer because they established a strong platform and had the cash to splash.”

This apparent cash splashing followed his departure for West London but I’m not sure I can agree with his belief. Yes, we signed a few players, and that included Andre Gray for whatever figure you might want to conjure up, but we also sold defenders Kieran Trippier and Jason Shackell whilst the wait goes on for compensation for Danny Ings.

On the subject of two of those players and Ben Mee, who is still with us, Hoos added: “They’ve taken a chance on younger players in the past who didn’t make the grade at bigger clubs like Kieran Trippier and Ben Mee at Manchester City, and have reaped the benefits from it. Both Tripps and Ingsy used the club as a stepping stone, but that was fine. If you look at the profit Burnley made on those two you’ve got to be happy.”

Hoos also said: “Burnley have kept things tight, kept the infrastructure strong. They’ve done up the training ground and made improvements  to the stadium. I can’t underestimate the importance of the training ground, it really is essential.”

Hoos and QPR have a battle on this summer. The wage bill will be reduced significantly and they have nine players out of contract including the likes of Junior Hoilett and Rob Green. He admitted: “There’s some players we want to keep, but might not be able to keep. Whether Junior is one of those, we’ll just have to see. It’s about convincing people that this is the new reality. Some players buy into it, and some don’t. I’ve seen it at Burnley, when people have decided to move elsewhere and probably regretted it afterwards.”

“We’re not naive, we know that they’ll be players who are a big part of the side now, who will see this club as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. If we continue to find these gems and sell them on for a premium and build a strong base, we will see the benefits in the long-term, just look at Southampton and Swansea.”

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