In the end he gave up and did a quick deal for QPR in August.
"I tried before the Icelandic guys bought it," he told the London Evening Standard. "Then, when they had all their problems, I was in a bidding war with David Sullivan and David Gold but the Icelandic banks went for them. We approached them again when they got relegated in May and I upset Sullivan.
"I was getting hundreds of messages asking, 'Have you put in an offer?' So I tweeted, 'Yep, I've put in an offer.' World War 17 exploded. It was then that Bernie Ecclestone called and said, 'Hey, why don't you look at QPR?'"