STOP PRESS – Within an hour or so of this going live QPR fans were quick to step into the breach described in the introduction. Thanks to JC and Josh (and any others waiting in the wings) for promptly filling the gap.
All seemed in order when Monsieur Salut went off to Cuba. A QPR fan, who had long ago volunteered to do the Who are You? interview, had the questions and promised replies. Thinking only of the transfer window and intervening results, I told the interviewee, Gareth Parker, to take his time as ‘things – and therefore your answers – will change between now and Feb 10-ish’. I was not thinking of ‘Arry’s dodgy knees (M Salut knows all about those) and I certainly wasn’t implying that the answers could wait until after the game.
But despite returning from holiday to an email suggesting some revised post-Redknapp questions, which I duly sent last Friday, Gareth has remained silent.
If any QPR fans fancy answering in his place, just go to Comments, specify the question number and give your reply. If there is a good response – and that’s a big if, given how close we are to the game – we’ll come up with a prize.
And apologies to all readers who enjoy this series for this one lapse. I am sure Gareth either overlooked it of has a perfectly good reason for not being able to oblige. We should, however, have a cracker for the Bradford City cup game …
1: On holiday in Cuba, I saw news of ‘Arry’s resignation in a Spanish newsreel headline without further explanation. Then I arrived home and read about his dodgy knees, What ‘s going on, why and what do you make of it?
2: Some decent results at home, woeful away. What does Redknapp’s successor need to do to turn things around – and do you have faith in Fernandes?
3: Even without Harry, since you’re playing us at the Stadium of Light, I bet you fancy your chances of stopping the rot.
4: I must have led a sheltered life but was utterly amazed to read recently that Joey Barton is on £90K a week. He was good against us at Loftus Road but I was utterly amazed, even allowing for a bit of exaggeration of the figure. Is he worth anything like that to QPR?
5: I’ve always liked Junior Hoilett but obviously Charlie Austin’s your star man, with Robert Green doing great stuff in goal. Now the window has closed without him departing, is he the man to keep you up?
6: QPR have an advantage over provincial clubs in that players or their WAGS all seem to want to be in London. Obviously size and profile of club then come into play but do you think you exploit that advantage enough?
7: What have been your highs and lows of supporting QPR?
8: If not mentioned in the last reply, were you outraged by, or understanding of, the meek FA Cup exit?
9:And who are the greatest players you’ve seen – or wish you’d seen in the hoops? I imagine gentlemen named Rodney, Stan and Terry may come into the reckoning, though not Anton or Kieran
10: Can you think of anyone who should have been allowed nowhere near the club?
11: What will be the top four and, hand on heart, bottom three this season?
12: Where will our clubs finish if not mentioned?
13: Your thoughts on Sunderland: the club, the fans, the city and region, Poyet?
14: Best ref, worst ref in the Premier?
15: Diving, manhandling at corners/set pieces, shirt-tugging, feigning injury, badgering refs to book opponents or send them off. So prevalent that would we just give up and put them all in coaching manuals, or still worth fighting?
16: What one step should your club of the football authorities take to improve the lot of ordinary fans?
17: Will you get to the game and what will be the score?