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League clubs face fan revolt in stadium move

Clubs who move to purpose-built stadiums do not always discover the grass is not necessarily find the grass greener.

Take Southampton move to St Mary's Stadium in 2001 from the Dell that could be attributed to the decline of the club to League One. The atmosphere which is crucial in a football, is often a function of the ground. The Dell was difficult place for away teams to get points because the home fans were almost on top of the players.

Tony Fernandes, the owner of Queens Park Rangers, should think twice about moving the club from their home at Loftus Road to some newly built venue.

When Manchester City's superstars played there at the weekend, Aleksandar Kolarov, the left-back, spent much of the first half in discussion with the home supporters, so close were they to him.

A new ground may provide additional income opportunities but do not guarantee success on the pitch.

Derby almost went out of business with the move from the Baseball Ground to Pride Park that saw expensive signings such as Fabrizio Ravanelli and Stefano Eranio even Arsene Wenger's first XI have failed to reach the heights since Arsenal moved from Highbury.


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