Surely your main interest as a fan is your team’s success on the field – nothing else really matters. The only people who benefit from a signing such as this are the owners in their new Beckham 23 shirts, up in the boardroom, toasting their Moet to celebrate their investment. The thought of him signing for QPR fills me with dread. This isn’t because I don’t want to progress, I do, but I want it to be because of how our team performs on the pitch, not how we perform off it. Nothing would signify becoming a ‘boutique club’, as the former owners once said, than signing Beckham. It sends out all the wrong signals long-term and would be completely contrary to what the likeable and impressive Tony Fernandes has been saying since he took over at the beginning of last season - that we’re planning for the future to become an established Premier League club. As a seemingly loyal and decent man, it would be a big surprise if he endorses such a move. but with relegation now a real possibility he might be looking to-recoup some of the substantial money he has already put into the team as he attempts to turn Rangers into a global brand – see signing of Ji Sung Park and Julio Cesar.
A lot has been said in the last few weeks about the ‘Beckham Experiment’, which certainly put MLS on the map initially, and it will be very interesting to see how the league develops in the next few years without his presence. Beckham is no longer a footballer, he’s a marketing tool and a symbol of how much football has changed in the last fifteen years. No one can blame the man himself for capitalizing on his image. The entire clamor about his possible destination suits him and his team perfectly because once he stops playing his value will plummet overnight. Just please don’t come home to London.