QPR’s relegation from the Premier League is very disappointing – but not surprising.
The Trust believes the club needs to get the basics right if it is to ever see sustained success – and is asking for a meeting with club chairman Tony Fernandes to talk about the future.
We thank all those at the club – on the pitch and off – who have worked hard to keep us in the Premier League. But, we have just not been good enough.
The Trust believes the club needs a coherent plan for its development. We would like to meet with the chairman, Tony Fernandes to find out what his plans are.
Supporters want to know what is going on at our club. Supporters have passionately and loyally followed the team throughout this season – and deserve more than tweets from the chairman and brief statements on the club website.
We have been relegated for the second time in three years. The playing squad needs radical rebuilding. Will we have the team management in place that can do that?
At the same time the club is in debt; we may face Financial Fair Play sanctions; and the club is without a chief executive or permanent chief coach. The promised training ground seems to have made little progress and the club has gone silent on the proposed new stadium.
On top of that supporters still have had no indication of season ticket prices for next year when in years past many have already renewed by now for the following season.
It is not unreasonable for supporters to ask “what is going on”. Yet, there has been no fans’ forum this year – an opportunity for supporters to put questions to the club. A meeting of senior board members with supporter organisations is long overdue.
Our view of getting the basics right includes:
A coherent financial plan; so the club avoids future penalties and managers are clear about the money they have to spend – not the boom and bust we have seen in recent years
A system and the right people in place to strengthen the team – developing young players and feeding them into the first team, and effective scouting and selection of up and coming players to join the club
Developing a style of play, a philosophy – something that clubs like Swansea and Southampton have done successfully; a consistent approach that allows players and coaches to build team spirit, strength in depth, and sustainable success on the pitch
Involving supporters – the club’s greatest asset.