Yesterday’s season ticket news caused uproar within the R’s Community. The Board made a futile attempt to justify these outrageous price increases with the following statement: “The Board are keen to stress that the prices are in line with other London-based clubs, and are encouraged by early sales figures following the release of season ticket prices earlier today.” No doubt those sales were unprecedented !!!
If that wasn’t bad enough, during the afternoon the devastating news then broke that Amit Bhatia had quit the Board following the decision to hike up the season ticket prices, sack Ishan Saksena and other reasons which are currently unclear:
“It is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation as vice-chairman of Queens Park Rangers Football Club. Although there have been challenges, the last 15 months have been a period of stability and success and it gives me immense pleasure to see QPR back in the Premier League where I feel the club belongs. However, it is clear to me from recent board meetings that my vision, strategy and direction for the club is very different from that of the other shareholders and board members. It has been the greatest honour to have served this club as an owner and board member for the past three years,
The recent decisions to sack the club CEO and chairman Ishan Saksena and significantly increase season ticket prices are just two of the decisions I disagree with. While it saddens me to leave QPR after such a successful season and at the beginning of an exciting new phase, I do not wish to be associated with or take responsibility for decisions made by the board and with which I disagree so strongly.
The Mittal family have been in discussions concerning the possible acquisition of the club. However, we have been unable to reach agreement on this matter and therefore those discussions have now come to an end. Although no longer a decision-maker at QPR, I shall continue to be a 33% owner and a 100% fan of the club. In due course, we will appoint a board representative to monitor my family’s investment in the club. I shall look forward to supporting the club as a fan next season and would like to thank Neil Warnock for his leadership and friendship over the past 14 months. It has been my pleasure to work with him and be part of the club’s recent success and wish the club every success in the Premiership.”
Personally, my hope had been that having reached what could of been an ideal opportunity to re-build our club, this optimism quickly evaporated when I heard this terrible news. We pinned our hopes on the Mittal family and now I’m stunned. Our club is unstable once again and we look to the future with great uncertainty. For now, somehow it will splutter along to God knows where with a policy of ‘take it or leave it.’ Arrogance abounds and the erratic decision making will continue until their real motives are revealed.
As I watched the Mittals’ on the Loftus Road pitch celebrating with the fans after the Leeds game, I then hoped that this would become a poignant period in our history as their attempt to take full control of the club would be successful. With the sacking of Ishan Saksena and that quote from Bernie Ecclestone the other day it was obvious that something had to give:
“Mittal put out a statement to say he was going to buy all the shares on Monday. But it’s a bit like these Murdoch people saying they’re going to buy CVC. They have forgotten to ask if it’s for sale.” Now we are left with the clowns and a very uncertain future, the only thing is of course, we ain’t laughing !