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GUARDIAN - QPR chairman Tony Fernandes size up three possible new stadium sites
• Tony Fernandes wants improved new stadium for QPR
• 'I think we have three potential choices'
QPR could be set for a move away from Loftus Road. Photograph: Tom Jenkins
Queens Park Rangers' chairman, Tony Fernandes, has revealed the club are looking at three potential sites for a new stadium.
The Malaysian businessman completed his takeover at Loftus Road less than a year ago and has been quick to try to improve both the playing squad and facilities.
The Rs have already announced plans to move to a state-of-the-art training ground next summer and have now turned their attention to finding a plot for a new stadium. "We're working this week [on the stadium]," Fernandes told the Press Association.
"I am getting a full report on one of the pieces of ground. I think we have three potential choices and we are going to evaluate it and then take it to the shareholders. It has actually not even been a year that we have owned this club and I am very pleased with the kind of progress we have made in one year. If we can continue at this kind of pace, then things should look good at QPR."
QPR, who only narrowly avoided relegation last season, have also brought in a number of new players over the summer. Ryan Nelsen, Andrew Johnson, Robert Green, Samba Diakite and Fabio da Silva have already joined Mark Hughes's squad and more additions are likely before the end of the window.
"We're rebuilding so obviously [we're active]," said Fernandes. "There may be three or four more, we'll have to wait and see. I am guessing, though. The target was to try and do as much as business [as we could] before pre-season so that Mark would have as much time as possible to work on the team. Guardian
Dave McIntyre/West London Sport - New coaching chief starts work at QPR
Ex-Wales international Glyn Hodges has begun work in a newly created role as QPR’s head of coaching.
West London Sport revealed last month that Hodges was being brought to Loftus Road by Rangers manager Mark Hughes.
He will oversee all aspects of coaching from academy to first-team level, with particular emphasis on a revamped youth and development structure at the club.
Hughes wanted to make changes.
Hodges was a Wales team-mate of Hughes and part of his backroom staff at Blackburn, Manchester City and Fulham.
The 49-year-old, whose playing career included spells with Wimbledon and Sheffield United, will work with Steve Gallen and Marc Bircham.
Youth development manager Gallen has played an increasingly pivotal role in recent years and will continue to nurture the club’s youngsters.
The youth system is expected to be given category-two status for the coming season, when all clubs will have academies graded from one to four.
Rangers’ current Centre of Excellence is the equivalent of a category three set-up.
And, in line with a number of other clubs, from this season QPR will have a development squad which will place specific emphasis on bringing through young talent and is likely to be managed by former R’s midfielder Bircham.
Development teams can include a maximum of three players over the age of 21, and are seen as a bridge between youth and senior level and a better alternative to traditional reserve-team football.
It potentially gives talented but slower-developing players a greater chance of eventually making the step up, when they might otherwise fall by the wayside once they are too old for the youth team.
QPR’s west London neighbours Brentford introduced a development squad a year ago in an effort to increase the number of players progressing through the ranks at Griffin Park. West London Sport
Djibril Cisse admits he's champing at the bit to return to action ahead of the start of pre-season training on Monday.