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MAIL - QPR squad left frustrated as chairman Fernandes plays cards close to his chest
By Sami Mokbel
PUBLISHED: 16:30 EST, 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:30 EST, 14 May 2013
Queens Park Rangers players are being kept in the dark over their futures after the club's relegation into the Championship.
A number of the West London side's squad are growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of information from the Rangers hierarchy regarding plans for next season.
Harry Redknapp will make a raft changes to his squad this summer, with a large number expected to leave. But despite numerous pleas for clarity on their futures, certain players have found it difficult to get an answer.
Uncertain: QRP players are being kept in the dark over their futures after the club's relegation from the Premier League
Market: Harry Redknapp will make a host of changes to his squad at the end of the season
Players want their futures resolved as soon as possible so their agents can have as much time as possible to find new clubs if they are surplus to requirements.
Chairman Tony Fernandes will look to get a number of the club's high earners off the wage bill this summer.
The likes of Julio Cesar, Loic Remy, Chris Samba and Jermaine Jenas are all expected to leave. But a number of the club's less high-profile stars including Nedum Onuoha, Bobby Zamora, Jay Bothroyd and Jamie Mackie's futures are not so clear.
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13 YEARS AGO.... May 15, 2000
QPR OFFICIAL SITE - WRIGHT'S STADIUM HOPES
CHAIRMAN Chris Wright has given an update on his long-term plan to move Rangers and Wasps to a new home.
Mr Wright said: "Ultimately, I believe the way forward for clubs is to have brand new stadiums with great facilities and fantastic comforts for the fans to come and see their teams play in.
"Doing that in London is difficult. If we can do it, and we are working very hard to do it, we want a new 30-35,000 seat stadium with great access and parking in an area where we know that the bulk of our fans live.
"Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it was for clubs like Stoke City or Sunderland, where the land prices in those sorts of areas are much less than they are in West London. So it is very difficult.
"But if we could do it and we could get into the Premiership, then with a regular attendance of 30-35,000 we would be competitive and we would be able to stay in the Premiership. So that has to be the ultimate objective for QPR to be playing in the Premier League and to be able to maintain our position in the Premier League and to be able to compete in the Premier League.
"In order to be able to do that, you have to be playing in a 35,000 seater stadium and pretty well filling it every week. We clearly can't do that at Loftus Road because we can only hold 19,000 at most."
Then a year later...
t was Andrew Ellis who wanted us by Heathrow (as opposed to Glasgow!)
BBC - July 29, 2001 - QPR boss Ian Holloway opposes ground move
QPR manager Ian Holloway has spoken out against prospective owner Andrew Ellis' plans to relocate the club to Heathrow.
Holloway said: "You can't suddenly tell someone that they have got to drive 20 miles to support their team - it just doesn't work.
"I'm very proud of this place. This is our tribe, we are strong together and this is where we live.
"I like this cave we are in and I want to keep living in it. That's as blunt as it has got to be," he added. BBC
BBC - Thursday, 26 July, 2001, Council opposes QPR move
QPR owner Chris Wright has indicated that he is prepared to snub a consortium takeover bid and sell the club to Andrew Ellis.
Ellis plans to relocate the club to Heathrow and a consortium of wealthy Rangers fans have tabled an offer in the hope of preventing the move.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council are also set to oppose plans to move the club to Heathrow.
The overwhelming majority of QPR fans say that the club is associated with the ground
Hammersmith mayor Andrew Slaughter
A motion to back QPR fans in their opposition to the move was unanimously supported at a council meeting on Wednesday.
Councillor Wesley Harcourt claimed: "We can make it very difficult for the ground to be sold at a profit."
Mayor Andrew Slaughter added: "There appears to be two bids - the Ellis bid to move QPR to Heathrow and create a kind of Chelsea-type village, while the other bid is committed to keeping QPR at Loftus Road.
"The overwhelming majority of QPR fans say that the club is associated with the ground.
"We aim to see QPR survive and thrive at Loftus Road."
But The Sun quote Wright as saying: "It would be in the best long term interests of the club to move."
Wright is in exclusive talks with Ellis in an attempt to give him the best possible chance of putting a bid together. He has until 6 August to complete the deal. BBC
BBC - Wednesday, 1 August, 2001 - Ellis pulls out of QPR bid
Former Queens Park Rangers director Andrew Ellis has withdrawn his bid for control of the west London club.
The move paves the way for a fans' consortium to ease the troubled club out of administration.
Estate agent Ellis had been granted a three-week lock-out period to prove he had the cash to back up his proposal.
The only other bid tabled so far comes from the fans' consortium headed by Maurice Fitzgerald, who have pledged to keep the club at Loftus Road.
A club statement read: "Andrew Ellis has withdrawn his bid to buy QPR and the period of exclusivity granted to him no longer exists.
"With regards to other bids, the club has received the outline of a possible deal from the consortium led by Maurice Fitzgerald, which the club are also looking at."
The Ellis bid had been deeply unpopular with fans because it proposed moving the club from Loftus Road to a new site near Heathrow, 16 miles away.
Fitzgerald's bid is apparently backed by a major investment company and private investors.
The bid is centred on around keeping the club at Loftus Road, with current manager Ian Holloway remaining in charge. BBC
Five Years Ago
|QPR Official Site - May 15, 2008 |
EXCLUSIVE: ITALIAN AGREES DEAL
Queens Park Rangers Football Club have reached agreement with A.C Chievo Verona for the transfer of Matteo Alberti.
The 19 year-old will officially put pen to paper on a four-year contract on Tuesday 1st July, after the two Clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for his services.
Alberti is yet to make his full league debut for the Serie B side, but the Brescia-born midfielder is extremely highly-rated in Italy, and the R's have beaten off stiff competition from a number of top Serie A Clubs for his signature.
As part of the agreement, Alberti's former Club will travel to Loftus Road for a prestigious pre-season friendly on Saturday 2nd August 2008 - kick-off 3.00pm.
QPR Official Site - May 15, 2008 ITALIANS COMING TO W12
QPR will play runaway Serie B leaders A.C Chievo Verona in August, as part of their pre-season schedule ahead of the 2008/09 Championship campaign.
The 'Mussi Volanti', or 'flying donkeys' as it translates, will travel to Loftus Road on Saturday 2nd August 2008 - kick-off 3.00pm.
The Verona-based outfit currently top Serie B with 80 points from their 39 matches played and look sure-fire certainties to secure the title and return to the top tier of Italian football. \ -QPR Official Site - May 15, 2000