Remember the X-Files and its gospel ‘trust no one’?
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is warming to the idea and has his own file. It relates to a period of club overspending, which is why he perfectly relates to Mulder and Scully's maxim in the TV series .
Manager Harry Redknapp claimed Rs had had their ‘pants pulled down’ over agents' fees as the club was reported to have paid representatives £6.82m in 2012 - topped in the Premier League only by champions Manchester City and Liverpool.
In fact as Rs prepare for a third season in the top flight out of four, Fernandes shudders at the thought of last season’s £78m wage bill, which dwarfed Champions League finalists Atlético Madrid’s €66m (£54m).
Rangers were left with the residue of signing costly players like Julio Cesar and Jose Bosingwa who were found wanting.
The Rs supremo has revealed there will be a limit to spending this season no matter what. As another current expression has it: when it’s gone, it’s gone.
“I’m not going to tell you what the figure is, but there is a number, and I’d even like to break even or even make some money for the first time,” he added.
“We’re not going to go down that route (of overspending).
“Let me be very clear on agents. We will not play more than five per cent to any agent. Anyone thinking they can take more out of QPR can disappear.”
Rangers escaped possible Financial Fair Play (FFP) Football League sanctions relating to their inflated budget, but Fernandes was scathing about penalties faced by clubs in their situation.
The club’s last accounts return for 2012-13 saw them lose £65.4m. The permitted loss under FFP is £8m.
“I think that’s the most ridiculous thing ever,” said the chairman. “You can’t expect a club to go down and get rid of the wage bill in three months: 24 months, yes.
“One player in a Championship squad could earn on his own all of Yeovil’s playing budget.”