FOR the second time this season, Danny Simpson believes Newcastle United have caught Queens Park Rangers at just the wrong moment.
When the sides met at Loftus Road in September, the newly-promoted Rs were awash with early-season optimism. After a late cash injection from Tony Fernandes, five players – Anton Ferdinand, Armand Traoré, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jason Puncheon and Joey Barton – were making debuts.
Tomorrow there will be almost as many new faces, but all in the dugout, as Mark Hughes and his backroom army take control of the west London club.
Simpson knows that alone makes them a more dangerous prospect as they launch their season for a third time.
“QPR always seem to have a lift when the play against us,” said the right-back.
“Last time we played them they had just been taken over and had a lot of players making their debuts.
“Everyone will be flying at the moment.
“When a new manager comes in you are always trying to impress him. It is a clean slate for everyone.
“It is always exciting when a new manager is appointed.
“There will be different training methods and a different way of running the club. There are always different ideas and new ideas.
“It is exciting and you just want to take it on board as quickly as you can.
“The old manager might not have fancied one or two players, but when the new manager comes in you sometimes find he likes you.
“QPR’s season will have started again this week.”
Neil Warnock was desperate for January so he could start spending Fernandes’ loot. Instead he got a P45.
Hughes, though, will be no more shy with the chequebook and the likes of Alex and Roque Santa Cruz have already been linked to him.
Simpson added: “QPR are a club who always seem to have a lot of money.
“A lot of big names have been bandied around and I am sure everyone is thinking about which players are going to come in during the transfer window.
“They will be looking forward to people coming in who can improve them as a team, but as a player you just have to concentrate on what you do.”