QPR, West London’s wilderness club
Posted on April 2, 2020
THE FUTURE of Queens Park Rangers largely depends on two things: how the club navigates its way through the Coronavirus crisis; and secondly, the relocation to a new, more versatile stadium in the future.
In 2018, an English newspaper named the club one of the worst managed in Britain. This was largely due to a poor record in the transfer market, overspending and a lack of stability caused by short-term managers and a high turnover of players.
QPR, desperate to be part of the Premier League gravy train, have only been in the top flight for seven seasons in the last 28, with the Championship (step 2) now appearing to be their natural home.
Clubs such as QPR have an uncertain future due to the Coronavirus and it remains to be seen if all mid-sized entities will survive the inevitable fall-out of no football, macro-economic collapse and political turmoil.
With London a crowded football market, QPR have Fulham (3.2 miles), Chelsea (4 miles), Brentford (5 miles) within close proximity. While QPR enjoyed their moment as the leading club among this quartet, the resurgence of Chelsea and Fulham over the past 15 years has pushed them down the pecking order. The club’s financial limitations, despite wealthy backers, means QPR struggle to compete locally, while on the pitch they have declined significantly.
Game of the People’s latest State of Play study looks at QPR’s last 10 years from a number of angles: financial, playing record, managers and attendances.
Click State of Play QPR to see more