Iain Dowie believes his QPR squad will be knocking on the Premiership’s door this season because of the way they treat waiters in restaurants.
No, the Rs boss hasn’t been hit by a falling tin of paint as Loftus Road is spruced up ahead of Saturday’s opener against Barnsley.
And far from being a wind-up, the man entrusted with his third Championship club reckons the exemplary manners of the Rangers squad at team hotels on the pre-season tour of Scotland were a strong indicator of their worth.
Dowie’s offbeat philosophy will be manifest for all to see in the coming weeks, he claims.
“You can see who’s arrogant and who’s not in situations like those we saw in the hotels,” he said. “Those with the right attitude showed they were caring to others – like their team-mates will also expect. It also showed they will have respect for the opposition – and when it comes to dealing with referees, hopefully, there will be none of the back chat that gets them into trouble.”
However, the man in charge of the joint favourites for the Championship title is still on the hunt for at least one more player.
And it was clear to see that with Sammy Di Carmine suspended against Barnsley, the burden of expectation rides heavily on the shoulders of Patrick Agyemang and Dexter Blackstock up front.
Dowie said: “We might need a touch more firepower – and that might mean the loan market.”
? DEFENDER Damion Stewart and midfielder Martin Rowlands are both suspended from last season and will miss out against the Tykes, with the one real head-scratcher for Dowie at left-wing.
The choice between Emanuel Ledesma and the returning Lee Cook should favour the latter – with new wonderkid Dani Parejo from Real Madrid likely to fight for a place in midfield with either Angelo Balanta and Adam Bolder.