The Independent R’s wish to welcome Lee Hoos as the new chief executive officer of Queen’s Park Rangers.
We are encouraged that the club has chosen a CEO with considerable experience in football.
With the second relegation from the Premier League in three seasons now confirmed, our club stands at a pivotal time in its history. As such Mr Hoos faces a number of challenges in his new role as the club rebuilds for the future.
We call upon the new CEO, board and chairman to work with fans on important issues such as the following:
– Review ticket prices to ensure all fans, both home and away, can watch football at QPR for reasonable and affordable levels.
– Reward long-term supporters for their loyalty with incentives and/or lower prices. Review the “membership upgrade” where anyone can buy ticketing privileges irrespective of supporting history. Review the excessive ¬£3.50 charge for online / telephone bookings
– End the unnecessary and destabilising relationship with Viagogo which allows non-QPR fans access to home areas whilst charging real fans extortionate amounts for popular games. Consider adopting an in-house system such as that used at Brentford.
– Restore a vociferous traditional area of support behind the home end by relocating the Family Stand from lower Loft to the lower School End
– Continue consultation on the proposed new stadium at Old Oak Common and increase detailed dialogue with fans’ groups about the nature and progress of the proposals
– Continue and deepen regular consultation with fans’ groups on all areas of concern, including operations, stewarding, ticketing and media
– Build on the fantastic work QPR does in the community already by “turning up the volume” and increasing our presence in the local area. We want our club to be famous once again in London as a family and community club.
We look forward to Mr Hoos creating a relationship with fans based on regular, meaningful, open and honest communication. It will be a huge opportunity missed if communication between the club and supporters continues to be dominated by spin, soundbites and rumour.
The Independent R’s