Tough at the top
Ups and downs inevitable in the Premier League, says Derry
Last Updated: 18/09/11 3:41pm
QPR veteran Shaun Derry insists the club are equipped to cope mentally with the rigours of Premier League life.
The Loftus Road side thrashed Wolves 3-0 at Molineux on Saturday to move up to ninth - and despite being embarrassed 4-0 at home by Bolton on opening day, Derry believes the club can remain calm.
He told Goals on Sunday: "I think when we got promoted last year everyone expected these signings to come through the door on day and they didn't.
"Then we started the season at Bolton and played really well for an hour and the result didn't do us any justice. It was hard but then we went to Everton and got a fantastic result."
With new signings such as Joey Barton, Anton Ferdinand, Shaun Wright-Phillips and DJ Campbell, Derry feels there is a feel-good factor around the club.
With new owner Tony Fernandes likely to make funds available for further arrivals in January, Derry sees a bright future for the west Londoners.
He said: "I'd been at the club over a year and I'd never spoke to the previous owner of the club and for me, that's wrong.
"There's a togetherness of the whole unit now and if you're going to progress at this level then you really need that.
"At Palace it was tough times, it really was. Each year I was there there were things going against us. The year when we had the 10-point deduction was absolutely crazy. We got on the plane to go and play Newcastle in 13th place and got off it second from bottom.
"I'm just loving football at the moment. It's brilliant."
Derry, who at 33 is in the twilight of his playing career, is open to the possibility of moving into a coaching role at Loftus Road.
He added: "The club are slowly building the foundations to be a force at this level and if I was given an opportunity to work within that unit then I'd bite their hands off."
The Nottingham-born star has now operated under Rs manager Neil Warnock at three clubs - Crystal Palace, Sheffield Untied and QPR.