Queens Park Rangers CEO Lee Hoos has revealed that the club are not at all happy that the Championship season is set to resume on June 20.
The EFL revealed last night that, providing safety requirements are met and the government guidelines don’t change, they are planning on resuming the second tier in just under three weeks time. However, the R’s don’t feel that will give Mark Warburton and the players enough time to get prepared for the final run-in considering they only returned to training last week.
QPR, like the vast majority in the Championship, last played back on March 7, when they came from behind with ten men to beat Preston at Deepdale – which was around 12 weeks ago.
As well as outlining his unhappiness at the short turnaround this schedule will offer, Hoos also told the club’s official site that he wasn’t pleased with how the situation has been handled as he slammed the communication from the league.
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“Incredibly, there has been absolutely no consultation with individual clubs nor with the Championship doctors’ working group by the divisional representatives – or anyone else in the Football League – regarding this matter. On top of that, we were only made aware of the statement 40 minutes before it was made public.
“Having spoken with Les and Mark, they share my views. We are vehemently opposed to this schedule. The players haven’t even returned to full-contact training at this moment and yet they are now expected to be in a position to play at a competitive level in just three weeks’ time. I have made our feelings known to the EFL, we are absolutely appalled.”
The Londoners will have a lot to play for when the season does return as Warburton’s men had gone on a six-game unbeaten run prior to this enforced break which left them in contention for a play-off finish. QPR trail the top six by just six points and they will hope to close that gap moving forward. Despite their protestations though, the EFL’s decision is final and the R’s will have to get ready for a restart later this month.