QUEENS PARK RANGERS CHAIRMAN REMAINS OPTIMISTIC OVER NEW STADIUM

Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes is confident the club will move into a new 40,000-seater stadium in Old Oak Common by 2018.

The new ground, set to be built in Willesden, has suffered a setback in recent weeks with the managing director of current tenants Car Giant, Tony Mendes, describing QPR’s plans as “speculative and presumptuous”.

Mendes warned the Premier League outfit that the proposals “may take significantly longer” than expected and denied reports of an exclusivity agreement between themselves and the football club.

Fernandes, however, said: “It’s disappointing to see some of the press that has come out from Car Giant, but I’ve been through this many times. 

“What we are doing is great for the community. I’m not here to take millions from it. We want a nice stadium and some affordable housing.”

As part of the project, which has received the support from all the major bodies required, 24,000 new homes will be built.

Loftus Road has been home to the West London club since 1917, and has a capacity of just over 18,000.

Posted on 24/07/2014