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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Update: Waddock Not getting Experienced Assistant...The New Strip...Donnelly Signs...Injuries/Suspensions

QPR Clubcall
Waddock on search for experience EXCLUSIVE
Queens Park Rangers caretaker-manager Gary Waddock says he would be happy to stick with the coaching staff currently in place and may shelve plans to bring in an 'experienced head.'
Waddock had been hoping to bring someone with experience in to help him in his first managerial role, but with Alan McDonald installed as an assistant and Joe Gallen also on board, the Rangers caretaker boss will go with what he has for the rest of the season.
'I was looking to bring somebody else in but at the moment the current situation is that Ollie is still the manager and I am only here on a caretaker capacity,' Waddock exclusively told clubcall.
'I am going to just go with it as it is. Me, Macca and Joe are going to get on with it. I think there is enough experience there to sort things out.
'It would be nice [to bring someone in], but with the current situation I don't want to change things around too much as I am only here as a caretaker. I am happy with what we have got and we will continue to go with that.'...,10869,5034-169529-19728-36699-234420-13916-5024-layout104-186747-news-item,00.html

Scott Donnelly has signed his first professional contract for the club.
The young midfielder put pen to paper on a two and a half year deal ....

16 Year old Defender, Andrew Howell in the Squad

Sixteen year old left back Andrew Howell has been called up to the first team squad to face Sheffield United. Head of Youth Joe Gallen said: "Andrew had the choice to either join the Commandos or QPR - I'm so glad he picked us. He has been doing very well and has been rewarded for his hard work. "He is as hard as nails as a footballer and I'm sure he'll be able to cope with the step up."
In other news Kevin Gallen is now back in full training and Simon Royce has started doing light work.
Scott Donnelly will miss the trip to Bramall Lane with a bruised foot, while Gareth Ainsworth and Mauro Milanese are both suspended

Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times
Waddock on Rowlands and Doherty

QPR will resist the temptation to delve into the loan market again despite losing Martin Rowlands for the rest of the season.The Rangers midfielder is out until the summer after tearing his knee ligaments for the second time this season during a training session last Friday.With Tommy Doherty also a long-term injury absentee and Marc Bircham still to regain full match fitness, the Rs' midfield options look limited as they prepare to face Sheffield United this weekend.
But caretaker manager Gary Waddock - who sent three loan players back to their clubs immediately after taking charge - has no plans to borrow a replacement midfielder."The squad is big enough at the moment, the players we've got here are good enough and I want to look at everybody and give them a chance," said Waddock."We need competition to keep everyone on their toes and I feel we've still got that."It's a big blow losing Rowly. He's the type of player you want in your side and he's desperate to play."He's one of those who can't hold back when he comes in to training and maybe it makes him more prone to injuries, but that's part and parcel of being a professional footballer."Rowlands had been out since early January with a calf strain and injuries have restricted him to just 15 appearances this season.Doherty, who made a promising start to his QPR career after a summer move from Bristol City, has been sidelined for three months."Doc has to get reserve games under his belt before he comes back into contention," said Waddock. "All the training in the world helps, but games are what he needs."Better news for Rangers is that skipper Kevin Gallen returned to training this week and could be in line to play against Wolves a week on Saturday.


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