Former QPR striker condemns ‘nonsensical’ pursuit of new stadium

Former QPR striker Bradley Allen has described the club’s pursuit of a new stadium as “nonsensical”.

Speaking on the Open All R’s podcast, Allen insisted Rangers do not need to leave Loftus Road.

“I don’t get it. I don’t think the club needs a new stadium,” said Allen, whose brother Clive, father Les and cousin Martin also spent much of their careers at QPR.

“I think Loftus Road always has been, always will be, sufficient for Queens Park Rangers to function.

“Would they garner another 10 or 15,000 if they built a shiny new 30,000 all-seater? Probably not. Not unless they were maybe to return to the Premier League.”

Allen also suggested that former R’s winger Gareth Ainsworth, currently in charge at Wycombe, should be given the QPR manager’s job.

He said: “The one for me that understands the club, he’s done his apprenticeship, who would know the lower leagues and maybe be able to pluck gems and get them really competitive at Championship level, would be Gareth Ainsworth. He more than deserves a shout now.

“I think he’s proved that he’s a developer of young players. Wycombe are an example of a club that have had to scrap.

“There’s been hardly any money at the club and he’s had to really galvanise a team spirit and work with what’s at his disposal.

“We’re hearing that Queens Park Rangers have massively got to slash their wage bill over the summer months. I think he could certainly go in and work with a much smaller squad.

“He could galvanise the team. I think the guy has got tremendous energy and enthusiasm and would relish the opportunity.

“And just sometimes you’ve got to have a punt on someone and give them a chance. For me he deserves an opportunity.”

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