QPR welcomes the statement made by Hammersmith & Fulham Council yesterday (Thursday 28th October), titled ‘Statement responding to future of Queens Park Rangers in the borough’.
As a club we were in discussions with a third party which is frequently used by the council. Via this third party we approached the council to request a meeting. This request was rejected by the council.
QPR CEO Lee Hoos said: “Clearly the consultants misinterpreted the response they received from the council as they reported to us that Stephen Cowan did not want to meet anyone from QPR.
“We are delighted to hear they want to ‘bend over backwards to help’ and now look forward to meeting Mr Cowan at his earliest convenience.
“This will also enable us to clear up this strange notion that we are asking for government funding, which has never been the case. There also appears to be similar confusion regarding our new training ground. We have since purchased a fantastic site in Heston and work began last month on a £20m complex.
“As regards to fan ownership of the club, as I have stated before, any fans who would like an equity stake in the club and want to continue funding the deficits that we incur every year due to the condition of the current stadium, please get in contact as the shareholders would be delighted to be relieved of this onerous task.
“It would seem our desire to have a community-oriented stadium is exactly what Hammersmith & Fulham Council want so I believe a meeting will be very productive.
“It seems we are all aligned with wanting a self-sustainable, community, fan-centric club, so let’s get to work.
“For the avoidance of any similar misinterpretation going forward, we will now put a formal request into Hammersmith & Fulham Council for further discussions.”