QPR chief executive Lee Hoos says Loftus Road not a long-term option for club
Last Updated: 08/02/19 12:38pm
QPR chief executive Lee Hoos says the club will eventually have to move away from Loftus Road and admits options to stay in Hammersmith & Fulham are limited.
Hoos issued a statement on Friday in the wake of owner Tony Fernandes admitting his disappointment at the local council and the Greater London Authority over a possible future stadium.
Loftus Road is the third smallest stadium in the Sky Bet Championship this season, with only Rotherham and Brentford able to accommodate fewer supporters.
Fernandes told the QPR podcast earlier this week it didn't mean the club was "going to move up to Doncaster" but Hoos said there was only one realistic option for the club to stay local - the Linford Christie Stadium.
He said: "We love our home at Loftus Road, but it is unsustainable for a professional football club in the long term due to its size, age and lack of non-matchday use.
"It is very obvious to thousands of fans who pile in to Loftus Road every fortnight, and it has been made clear to the current Council leadership since they took office in 2014.
"We hoped they would work with us to find a solution that keeps QPR in the borough for another 100 years, and we still do.
"Everyone at our club still wants to remain in Hammersmith & Fulham if at all possible. However, we have been very open with our fans and the local community that, in the absence of any alternative, the Linford Christie Stadium is, as far as we can see, our last chance to stay in the borough.
"The Council is shortly to launch a public consultation on the future of the Linford Christie site, which we will encourage our fanbase, local residents and stakeholders to take part in.
"Ultimately, the Council owns the site and if they do not want QPR to be involved in its redevelopment then that is their choice. But we have to be honest with people about the likely consequence of that, which is that QPR's medium to long-term future will be out of Hammersmith & Fulham.
"We would like to invite the leader of the Council Stephen Cowan to Loftus Road to meet club representatives, with any fans' groups they wish to meet as well, to understand the severe limitations we face here, and see how we can work together to keep QPR in W12."