Paddy Kenny has apologised for labelling QPR a “tinpot club” following his move to Leeds United.
He made the comments shortly after leaving west London to join Leeds in July 2012.
His departure from Loftus Road was an acrimonious one and Kenny angered many Rangers fans with the comment, which he posted on Twitter.
But Kenny has apologised and insisted he did not mean his words.
He kept 24 clean sheets during Rangers’ 2010-11 promotion-winning season and was voted player of the year as Neil Warnock’s side won the title.
However, he fell out of favour following the sacking of Warnock, who he also played under at Sheffield United, Leeds and Bury.
Warnock’s replacement, Mark Hughes, dropped Kenny and he subsequently joined Warnock at Leeds.
Kenny sent angry text messages to Hughes, co-owner Tony Fernandes and the then QPR technical director Mike Rigg.
His “tinpot” comment harmed his reputation in the eyes of many Rangers fans.
But Kenny insisted on Twitter: “I honestly didn’t mean it.”
Had loads of tweets asking me about why I called QPR a tin pot club after I left, just to clarify I didn’t mean it for one minute and I tweeted it out of anger after some fans were slagging my kids off with some horrible comments, I apologise for this and honestly didn’t mean it
— Paddy Kenny (@paddykenny17) May 7, 2020
Yes but looking back I should have risen above it and it’s a handful of fans and I know 99.9% of qpr fans are amazing and was brilliant with me
— Paddy Kenny (@paddykenny17) May 6, 2020