QPR boss insists one thing must happen for Premier League survival

Tony Fernandes is keen to see QPR retain their top-fight status.

The R’s are struggling in the relegation places this season, with just eight points from 11 games sitting them in the relegation places.

Despite their poor early season form, performances have improved in recent weeks, and following a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa, Harry Redknapp’s men were unfortunate to come out of fixtures with Chelsea and Manchester City with just one point.

The goalscoring of Charlie Austin has been a key factor in their improved form, and Rangers will be hoping the 2-2 draw with City will be the catalyst that kick-starts their season with Premier League action returning this weekend. A victory at Newcastle could move the R’s out of the relegation places, and, with Redknapp confirming that the club will be bringing in players over the January transfer window, hopes should be high at Loftus Road for top flight survival.

However, surviving in the Premier League for one year is one thing, and becoming a consistent fixture in the top flight is another, and QRR chairman Tony Fernandes believes that the club will only secure their elite status by moving away from Loftus Road.

The West London club are keen on moving to Old Oak Common, with Fernandes outlining plans for a 40,000 seat stadium at the site three miles away from the current ground. The redevelopment of the unused land will bring in increased revenue for Rangers, as well as creating 24,000 homes, 55,000 jobs and a selection of community facilities in an area currently considered ‘unsightly’ by the businessman.

Speaking to the Standard, Fernandes argued his claim for the stadium move, claiming that it is the only thing that can secure QPR’s top flight status at a sustainable level.

The 50-year-old said: “We need to move on from Loftus Road if we are to sustain a top-flight football club and Old Oak Common is the only realistic place for us to move.

“We need a comprehensive planned approach with a stadium as its beating heart, led by a football club with a stronger interest in the local community than any other kind of business.”

The club are currently vying for ownership of the land with car dealer Car Giant, who are keen on redeveloping the space into a commercial and community area.

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