Queens Park Rangers’ chief executive officer Lee Hoos has said football needs a ‘complete and total reboot at every single level.’
Hoos has been with QPR since 2015. The American businessman has previously worked with the likes of Burnley and Leicester City, and was brought into QPR to oversee a financial restructuring of the club.
He’s since done a good job, and his hard work over the past five years has put QPR in a better financial position than they’ve been in for some time.
But the club, like so many others around the world, face huge financial repercussions with no football to play, and subsequently no money to make.
Speaking to TalkSport, Hoos had his say on the current ‘state’ of football: “The virus is going to dictate when we are actually going to play again and right now we’re not in that position where I can see it happening in the foreseeable future.
“We can have all the wishful thinking we want about the return – right now May 16 is a player return date. I don’t see that as being realistic right now.”
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The EFL proposed last week that the season could be finished within a 56-day period of it resuming. When it does resume, the remaining fixtures of the campaign will more than likely be played behind closed doors, but the EFL plans on streaming every single game live.
Nevertheless, QPR face months of financial hardship due to the current climate of football and indeed the world, and Hoos believes the game need a reshuffle from the top down: “I know they’re getting ready to try and start their season soon but in terms of full capacity crowds, they’re still talking months and months away.
“I think football needs a complete and total reboot at every single level in terms of sustainability, where we are with player salaries.
“This is the tip of the iceberg. Where we are right now is terrible, we’re trying to find ways to fund the businesses going forward but right now we’re funding businesses out of future revenues, so at some point you jump off a cliff.”
QPR are not alone in their financial fears of the future, every club will likely suffer some sort of burden over the coming weeks and months.
Both the EFL, the Premier League, and many football leagues around the world will need to make integral changes to its financial structuring, and the support it offers to football clubs.
QPR were only just coming out the other end of a decade of financial mismanagement but now, all that hard work could be rendered useless as the club faces huge debts, and little-to-no income in the coming months.