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Friday, March 31, 2006

No Change in Managerial Status - QPR Official Statement

QPR Statement - No Managerial Change

QPR would like to confirm that the situation surrounding the manager's role at the club is completely unchanged. Gianni Paladini has stated that he is very happy with how things are progressing under the stewardship of caretaker manager Gary Waddock, but he will not be sitting down to discuss the future with him until the situation surrounding Ian Holloway has been resolved.
Gary Waddock remains as caretaker manager with Ian Holloway on gardening leave. When this situation changes, or when any news occurs that is official and more importantly factual, it will be announced here first.
In a week where Loftus Road is hosting two games, the focus is on preparing for the fixtures both on and off the pitch and we would ask that fans understand that the priorities are the usual day to day running of the club. QPR understands that the supporters want to be kept up to date with any breaking news, but it is simply impossible to issue a denial to every incorrect news story that surfaces.
Gary Waddock will be speaking to QPR World later today on his role and informing fans that absolutely nothing has changed

"Slight Correction!" " Waddock 'has not got QPR job yet'

Slight correction!

BBC - Waddock 'has not got QPR job yet'
Queens Park Rangers have denied reports that Garry Waddock has been appointed as manager on a full-time basis.
A club spokesperson told BBC London that Ian Holloway remains on gardening leave but is still the manager.
Waddock will continue as caretaker boss until Holloway's situation is resolved, the Rangers spokesperson added.
Chairman Gianni Paladini was quoted in the Daily Express as saying "Gary has got the job" but QPR now say he merely "looks forward" to holding talks

Shittu & Waddock Comments Post QPR 1 Stoke 2

Post Stoke Defeat Comments

Danny Shittu - DON'T BLAME WADS

Vice captain Dan Shittu has issued the following statement in the wake of Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat to Stoke City.Shittu was skipper on the night and approached the Press Office on behalf of the players and asked to issue the following few words:
"As a collective group, we - the players - must take full responsibility for last night's 2-1 defeat to Stoke.
"In no way whatsoever should any blame be attached to Gary Waddock and his coaching staff, who, since taking over from Ian Holloway, have given the whole place a huge lift.
"We let the entire coaching staff, the fans and ultimately ourselves down last night, and we can only apologise for such a poor display.
"In general, we feel we've underachieved in recent weeks and should definitely have recorded much better results. However, that is entirely down to the players' performances and not Gary Waddock and his staff.
"It's been a pleasure for us all to work with the new-look coaching team in recent weeks and we would all be delighted if they were given the role on a full-time basis once the situation regarding Ian Holloway is sorted out.
"It's a privilege to play for Wads and Macca and, as a squad, we're thoroughly enjoying the new style of football they've introduced and everything that comes with it.
"I can promise you - the fans - that we will be doing everything we can between now and Saturday afternoon to ensure the wrongs of Wednesday's performance are put to right against Crewe Alexandra this weekend.
"Your support will again be valued and we are determined to get three points and end the season on a high.''

WADDOCK - Unacceptable
Gary Waddock deemed the 2-1 defeat to Stoke City as 'totally unacceptable.'
The Rangers Caretaker Manager had just seen his side succumb to a shock defeat - only his second in charge of the Superhoops.
"It was totally unacceptable and I've let the players know that in no uncertain terms.
"The penalty miss knocked the stuffing out of us. We were totally deflated after that, but we've only got ourselves to blame for the defeat.
"There can be no excuses - we simply didn't perform on the night.''
Stoke came from behind to win 2-1 at Loftus Road, but only after Gareth Ainsworth missed a first half spot kick and Rangers squandered a hatful of other golden opportunities.
Gareth Ainsworth's spot kick was easily saved by Steve Simonsen
"We've been punished for our poor finishing in the first half and it's something we've been talking about to the players for the last few weeks.
"We can't keep relying on Jonah and the back four to bail us out when we've missed chances at the other end and tonight we've paid the ultimate price.
"Thankfully we've got another game on Saturday to put things right and we might shuffle the pack.'' http://www.qpr.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Match/ManagersComments/0,,10373~809136,00.html


By Andy Sims, PA Sport

Stoke veteran Gerry Taggart revealed that manager Johan Boskamp missed what could be the last game under his stewardship with flu ahead of the board meeting which will determine his future.
Taggart, who is currently the Potters' assistant manager with Jan de Koning and John Rudge having been told to keep their distance from the club, oversaw Stoke's 2-1 win at fellow mid-table side QPR, and then refused to comment on the Dutchman's prospects at the Britannia Stadium.
Boskamp is due to meet with the board tomorrow as the club look to finally reach a decision on the management trio.
"I'm not going to comment on what goes on behind the scenes," said former Leicester defender Taggart.
"It has entirely nothing to do with me. Johan has flu, it's the second time he has come down with it this season, and he stayed at the team hotel. I hope the result cheered him up."
The Potters were forced to come from behind to earn the three points which have helped them leapfrog Rangers into 13th spot after Marc Nygaard's seventh-minute opener for the Londoners.
The hosts would have gone in two up at half-time but for Gareth Ainsworth's weak penalty, which was comfortably saved by Steve Simonsen in the visitors' goal.
The penalty miss seemed to galvanise Stoke, who began to string some decent moves together, but they had to wait until the 73rd minute to haul themselves level when Dan Shittu tripped Darel Russell in the area.
Carl Hoefkens stepped up to show Ainsworth how it should be done, sending Paul Jones the wrong way, before Hannes Sigurdsson hit his first Stoke goal 11 minutes from time.
"We didn't start that brightly and got an early kick up the backside," added Taggart.
"But we had a chat at half-time and changed it around and it worked.
"We've got nothing to play for but it's still about getting as many wins as possible."
QPR caretaker boss Gary Waddock admitted Ainsworth's penalty miss was the turning point of the game, but he refused to blame the wideman for his side's defeat."Obviously we could have gone two up, and the penalty has changed the game, but we only have ourselves to blame," he said.
"Gareth has apologised, but he didn't mean to miss and he's been outstanding since I've been here. We're all in it together.
"It's deflating, but we really need to be more clinical in front of goal. We need to take our chances."
Waddock insisted he was in the dark about reports this morning that he is going to allow six players to leave Loftus Road in the summer, and once again admitted he can only look at the contract situation when his own future is sorted out.
"I don't know where that has come from," added Waddock, who is continuing to stand in at Loftus Road while Ian Holloway is on gardening leave.
"But I'm not in a position to do that (release players) as I am only the caretaker manager.
"Everyone is playing for their future here, me included, and if I need to freshen it up I will. If the focus isn't right, I'll change the personnel.
"I'm not knocking my experienced players, but if I need to blood some new players I will."

Waddock Appointed Manager - According to the BBC


BBC - Waddock Named as New QPR Manager

QPR chairman Gianni Paladini has appointed caretaker boss Gary Waddock as manager on a permanent basis, according to reports. ...
"Gary has got the job and he will be in charge next season," said Paladini. "That was always the intention..."http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/q/qpr/4863544.stm


GIANNI Paladini has confirmed Gary Waddock as the new boss of QPR.
The former Ireland international has been in caretaker charge since Ian Holloway was shown the door in February. Waddock, 44, will be officially appointed on a two-year deal when the settlement with Holloway, who earned £180,000-ayear, is agreed.
Chairman Paladini said: "Gary has got the job.""

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Waddock on Langley, Santos, Kus & Rose (Ben Kosky, Kilburn Times)

Ben Konsky, Kilburn Times

Waiting game for Langley and Santos
March 2006 By Ben Kosky

UNSETTLED QPR duo Richard Langley and Georges Santos must wait until the summer to learn whether they have futures at Loftus Road.Langley, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, is unhappy at being left out of the starting line-up recently and was reported to be attracting interest from Championship rivals Luton last week.And Hull City's approach to borrow Santos until the end of the season was turned down by the Rs - but only because they need defensive cover until Matthew Rose recovers from an ankle injury.
The Frenchman has made just one brief substitute appearance since Gary Waddock took charge of the side in early February and, like Langley and three other first-team players, is out of contract in the summer.
Waddock - who has consistently stressed that he cannot offer new deals to players until his own position is clarified - observed: "I can only pick 11 players and keep those 11 happy."
Richard Langley's contract is up in the summer and his future will be decided at the end of the season. It's as simple as that and it's the same for the other players who are out of contract."If players are not playing, there will be interest in them, I'm sure. Every senior player wants to be in the team."T
here was interest in Georges before last week's deadline, but I had to make sure we had cover in that area and at the moment I don't feel we've got that."Georges hasn't been featuring in the side of late, but he's a good pro and a good trainer and I have to look at what's in the best interests of Queens Park Rangers."
Rose's injury is virtually certain to keep him out of action for Saturday's game against struggling Crewe, who remained bottom of the table after a 1-0 defeat at Preston on Tuesday.
And Waddock's options will not include on-loan defender Marcin Kus, who has yet to feature since his first-team debut at Leeds, in Ian Holloway's last game in charge."Kus is away on international duty this week," Waddock explained. "The World Cup's coming up and I don't want to stand in his way if he's got a chance of getting in the Polish squad."It's been a bit stop-start for him - he's played in the reserves and been injured - but it'd be nice to have a look at him before the end of the season and I intend to do that."
Rosey is still a concern - we need to know the full extent of the injury and we're waiting to see how it settles down. Everyone else is fighting fit, so we've got a decent group to pick from

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Teamalk Headline: "Waddock: Rose is Naturally Fit"

TEAMTALK -Waddock: Rose is naturally fit

Rose has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, and looks set to miss out again when the Hoops take on Stoke at Loftus Road on Wednesday.
It is the latest in a long line of injuries that have restricted the 30-year-old defender to just 66 first-team appearances in the past three seasons.
But Waddock said: "He's been unfortunate with injuries over the last couple of years, but he is a fit lad.
"Once he is over an injury, he does not need much training to get back to a decent level of fitness.
http://www.teamtalk.com/teamtalk/News/Story_Page/0,7760,1801_1117165,00.html "

Monday, March 27, 2006

Further Reports & Comments on Cardiff 0 QPR 0

City left to rue missed chances
Mar 27 2006
Steve Tucker, Western Mail

FRUSTRATION everywhere at Ninian Park, you could feel it hanging in the air like the constant rain.
With play-off rivals Wolves losing and Preston held to a draw, there was a real sense of "if only" of "what might have been" as the Bluebirds settled for a point with the emphasis very much on the two dropped.
Of course, it's still all to play for in the Championship, but if only top scorer Cameron Jerome had buried his chance on 56 minutes, when all he had to do was keep his head, instead of allowing veteran Welsh keeper Paul Jones out to smother.
Although, to be fair to QPR, Cardiff could have been left totally empty-handed, with City keeper Neil Alexander having to make some vital interventions and former Bluebird Gareth Ainsworth looking lively throughout.
Manager Dave Jones insisted Rangers had come to frustrate his side, to play for the draw, but in reality they showed a lot more ambition going forward than a lot of visitors to Ninian Park this season. The Bluebirds had designated this game "family fun day" and on the first-half entertainment value at least you can imagine parents telling their unruly children in future, "Behave yourself or I'll take you to watch Cardiff City."
It was excruciating stuff, with the introduction of a new corner flag attracting cheers that put the action on the pitch into perspective.
You had to get your thrills where you could early on and Cardiff fans got them by jeering former player Richard Langley as he warmed up on the touchline. The fact Langley now sports the silliest haircut yet invented by man didn't help matters either.
Linesman Mr Flynn wasn't making many friends either as a number of tight offside decisions went the way of the visiting side.
Cardiff started the brighter of the two teams, Jason Koumas in particular was busy and striker Steve Thompson again caught the eye following his excellent performance and winning goal at Plymouth last week.
But Rangers were resolute: content to sit deep, while the Bluebirds grew ever more frustrated as moves fizzled out in the final third or Rangers' excellent captain Danny Shittu made yet another clearance from the heart of defence.
And to cap it all Cardiff found they had to be vigilant at the back as the direct Ainsworth proved a handful and the hulking figure of Marc Nygaard, who got the winner when the two teams met in London last December, lumbered about up front like Frankenstein's monster.
By the start of the second half, QPR had become even more confident and could well have grabbed the lead themselves, Cardiff seemed to sense it might not be their day and several players began to shrivel at the unfairness of it all.
The Bluebirds' biggest problem was that, barring a bit of luck, they really were bereft of ideas of how to break Rangers down. They probed, they prodded, they played it fancy around the box and threw in crosses, but when that failed they were left clueless.
And of course, with such limited squad numbers, there is nothing Jones can really do to change things around. With like-for-like replacements on the bench, bringing Rhys Weston on for Kevin Cooper with a quarter of an hour left is really as exciting as it gets. Although the absence of Jeff Whitley from amongst the substitutes was inexplicable as he is one of the only players Cardiff have who might come on and shake things up in the middle of the park.
There was the inevitable late assault on the QPR goal, but it wasn't enough and all that was left was that empty feeling you get at the realisation you've missed out on a very good opportunity.
Surely Cardiff cannot afford any more slip-ups like this at home if they are to turn their play-off dreams into reality.
They can only hope Reading at Ninian Park in two weeks' time are still bleary eyed from their Premiership promotion party, but also know Neil Warnock's Sheffield United are sure to be clear-headed on Good Friday and made of sterner stuff than QPR.
Although before all that is the little matter of Jones' return to another of his old clubs, Southampton, next weekend, where he experienced a sterner test of character away from the game than he ever will on any football pitch. For now Jones was putting a brave face on this result, while well aware of his squad's limitations.
"We haven't got the squad at the moment to make the changes. I'm changing like for like at the moment, we don't have something that's needed to mix it up a bit," said Jones.
"We've gained a point on the team above us, in Preston's case they've dropped points, we've dropped two points. But we just keep going. We fight another day and that's the important thing for everybody.
"They came with two banks of four and we weren't going to budge them. At one point I had four players up front, Paul Jones did a good job today.
"It happens when teams come here and set two banks of four and they are not prepared to move out. You've got to have a certain type of player who can rattle them and, like I said, at this moment in time, we haven't got that.
"Cameron (Jerome) is learning his trade and he needs to protect the ball a bit better in and around the goal area. But they are all things that we continue to work at. Unfortunately for us today, nothing fell for us and, when it did, the big man in goals made the save.
"People are saying that we are punching above our weight. I've been in the game long enough to know that nobody punches above their weight over 40 odd games. It's impossible to do because you've got to keep getting out there, week in, week out.
"We are where we are, hanging in there. The most important thing today was if it wasn't going to happen for us in front of goal then we certainly didn't let it happen for them."

We could have won - Waddock
Mar 27 2006
Steve Tucker, Western Mail

RANGERS' caretaker boss Gary Waddock left Ninian Park believing his side could well have taken all three points rather than just the one, writes Steve Tucker.
Waddock, who is in charge at Loftus Road while manger Ian Holloway is on extended "gardening leave", dismissed claims that his side had started the game against Cardiff looking for a draw.
"It was a good point and I felt that we could have gone back home with the three points," said Waddock.
"I wanted to win the game, I think the way we played in the second half, with one or two opportunities we had, showed you that we wanted to win the game. It shows how well we defended to limit Cardiff to just one real opportunity in the game. I think we had more opportunities during the second half.
"I came here to win. I wasn't going to come here in a cavalier style. I wanted our side to be compact and narrow. When the game opened up, I thought we passed it quite well and created chances. There's no way I was going to come here and be cavalier.
Coming to somewhere like Cardiff was always going to be tough, they are having a fantastic season and wanted the three points to try and get themselves into the play-offs.
"We are delighted that we've kept a clean sheet and we are going home with a point."
Waddock also made it plain he hopes to take over permanently from Holloway should the opportunity arise http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0600soccer/0200news/tm_objectid=16867760%26method=full%26siteid=50082%26headline=we%2dcould%2dhave%2dwon%2d%2d%2dwaddock-name_page.html

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Further Comments & Reports of Cardiff 0 QPR 0

Cardiff Official Site

Dave Jones
"We haven't got the squad at the moment to make the changes. I'm changing like for like at the moment, we don't have something that's needed to mix it up a bit.
"We've gained a point on the team above us, in Preston's case they've dropped points, we've dropped two points but we just keep going.
"We fight another day and that's the important thing for everybody.
"They came with two banks of four and we weren't going to budge them. At one point I had four players up front, Paul Jones did a good job today.
"It happens when teams come here and set two banks of four and they are not prepared to move out
. You've got to have a certain type of player that can rattle them and like I said, at this moment in time, we haven't got that.
"Cameron is learning his trade and he needs to protect the ball a bit better in and around the goal area. But they are all things that we continue to work at.
"Unfortunately for us today nothing fell for us and when it did the big man in goals made the save.
"People are saying that we are punching above our weight. I've been in the game long enough to know that nobody punches above their weight over forty odd games. It's impossible to do because you've got to keep getting out there week in, week out. We are where we are, hanging in there. The most important thing today was if it wasn't going to happen for us in front of goal then we certainly didn't let it happen for them."

Gary Waddock
"It was a good point and I felt that we could have gone back home with the three points.
"I wanted to win the game, I think the way we played second half with one or two opportunities we had showed you that we wanted to win the game.
"It shows how well we defended to limit Cardiff to just one real opportunity in the game. I think we had more opportunities during the second half.
"I came here to win. I wasn't going to come here in a cavalier style. I wanted our side to be compact and narrow.
"When the game opened up I thought we passed it quite well and created chances. "There's no way I was going to come here and be cavalier.
"We are delighted that we've kept a clean sheet and we are going home with a point."

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Reports & Comments - Cardiff 0 QPR 0

QPR Official Site
Gary Waddock spoke of his delight as Rangers sealed a deserved point against high-flying Cardiff City at Ninian Park.
The Hoops Caretaker Manager had just seen his side stretch their mini unbeaten run to five matches with a fourth draw on the spin.
"It was a good point and I felt that with a bit of luck we could have gone back home with the three points.
"I wanted to win the game. I think the way we played in the second half, when we ground out one or two opportunities, showed that we came here to win the three points.
''I wasn't going to come here in a cavalier style. I wanted our side to be compact and narrow.
"When the game opened up I thought we passed it quite well and created chances. There's no way I was going to come here and be cavalier.''
Rangers enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the second period, with Marc Nygaard unfortunate to see his goal-bound effort tipped onto the post by Neil Alexander.
At the other end, the Bluebirds were restricted to just four shots on goal, of which only one was noteworthy.
"It shows how well we defended to limit Cardiff to just one real opportunity in the game. I think we had more opportunities during the second half.
"We are delighted that we've kept a clean sheet and we are going home with a point."

Sporting Life
A goalless draw at home to QPR did little for Cardiff's play-off hopes but manager David Jones is not giving up just yet.
The visitors dominated the early exchanges but found the Cardiff defence - and Riccardo Scimeca in particular - resolute as both sides failed to create any noteworthy chances.
"It was a very tight game and there was nowhere for any one to move," said Jones.
"They kept their formation of two banks of four and we weren't good enough on the day to break them down."
Cardiff are two points outside the top six, although with an inferior goal difference to their rivals, but Jones is not giving up on sneaking into the play-offs.
"If we had earned the victory we might have moved up a place but there is still plenty for us to play for," he added.
"It just wasn't our day today and I do not have a big enough squad to change things around.
"We seemed to lack a little quality but I can not criticise my players for that.
"This club has come on in leaps and bounds since the start of the season and it has been progress all the way through."
The Bluebirds' best chance came in the 12th minute when Cameron Jerome broke free down the right and crossed into the danger area but the on-rushing Steve Thompson just failed to get a touch.
Rangers were most dangerous when Gareth Ainsworth was on the ball but the first half closed with neither side looking capable of making the breakthrough.
The second half was much the same with the poor conditions preventing any fluidity but Jerome had a great chance when a missed kick presented him with the ball in front of goal but Wales' keeper Paul Jones was swiftly out to block.
"It was a good point and at one stage I thought it could have been all three," said Rangers caretaker boss Gary Waddock.
"We came to win and had more opportunities to score in the second half when the play opened up.
"We passed it well and made several chances but I was never going to approach this game in cavalier style.
"Cardiff have been doing very well and needed a win to push into the play-off position but that shows just what a good point it was for us.
"If the manager's job is offered to me I would gladly take it but at this moment in time Ian Holloway is the manager and it is not up to me."

IC Wales - City settle for point in no-goal show
Inconsistent Coca-Cola Championship play-off chasers Cardiff had to settle for a point against mid-table Queens Park Rangers, who had drawn their three previous games.
The away side dominated the early exchanges but found the Cardiff defence - and Riccy Scimeca in particular – resolute, as both sides failed to create any noteworthy chances.
The first effort on goal came from Cardiff in the 18th minute, as Joe Ledley’s 25-yard left-foot effort flew wide of Paul Jones’ left-hand post.
Cardiff’s Glenn Loovens was then booked for a lunge at QPR’s top scorer Gareth Ainsworth three minutes later, as City increased the pressure on their visitors.
The home team began to take greater charge of a tight game as the first half progressed, with Jason Koumas pulling the creative strings in midfield.
However Dave Jones’ men were unable to translate their growing dominance into chances as the game became bogged down in midfield. Both sides wasted attacking opportunities through a string of offsides, with Cameron Jerome the most culpable.
The influential Koumas provided Cardiff top scorer Jerome with an opportunity to increase his season’s tally to 17 in the league in the 38th minute, but his header was blocked by the impressive Danny Shittu.
Koumas was in the thick of the action again two minutes later but his 25-yarder was blocked by Marc Bircham.
Rangers did not produce their first effort on goal until three minutes before half-time when Ainsworth put a right-foot effort wide from 20 yards.
QPR started the second period brightly, Ainsworth forcing a save from Neil Alexander with a 20-yard free-kick three minutes after the restart.
The action was soon back at the other end though, where Jerome forced a parried save from veteran keeper Jones with a rasping 18-yard drive from the right-hand side of the penalty area.
Jerome continued to frustrate the home support, however, by repeatedly straying offside.
Hoops striker Marc Nygaard burst into action on the hour-mark, as the suddenly busy Alexander parried his close-range effort away for a corner, but he only had to watch when Ainsworth fired wide five minutes later.
Counterpart Jones was then called into action to catch an effort from City’s transfer window capture Steven Thompson.
Rangers introduced veteran marksman Paul Furlong to try to inspire a late victory and he forced Alexander into action after just a minute on the pitch with an 18-yard effort.
The Bluebirds responded almost instantly through a long-range Kevin Cooper left-footer which flew wide.
Both teams pushed in the final minutes, but lacked the quality to create a match-winning chance. http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0600soccer/0900cardiffcity/tm_objectid=16863630&method=full&siteid=50082&headline=city-settle-for-point-in-no-goal-show-name_page.html

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Langley on his Return to Cardiff & His QPR Future (Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times)

Cardiff crew no problem for Langley
Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times 22 March 2006

"....The QPR midfielder, who spent two years with the Bluebirds before returning to Loftus Road, is braced for an intimidating welcome in Wales on Saturday. Supporters regarded Langley's salary as a sizeable drain on Cardiff's resources and he was frozen out at the start of the season after making clear his desire to leave.
"Their fans can be a bit hostile at times, so it won't surprise me if it is an uncomfortable reception and they try and make it as difficult as possible for me," Langley admitted."But you expect that in football when you're going back to an old club and I'll be ready for anything." Cardiff will be scrapping for the points because they're trying to climb up into the play-offs, but I'll just be looking to go out and give a good account of myself." Once you get on the pitch you tend to forget a lot of what's going on around you and I'll be as focused as I can for that match, like I would with any other."
At the moment, getting on the pitch is proving something of a problem for Langley, who was an unused substitute in the Rs' 1-1 draw against Brighton last weekend.Caretaker boss Gary Waddock opted for the steel of Marc Bircham and Steve Lomas rather than the undoubted flair of Langley, who has nevertheless made 28 appearances since rejoining Rangers.But the 26-year-old has no regrets about leaving Cardiff, despite their surprising transformation from relegation candidates to play-off hopefuls this season."
I've settled in again in London, started playing some good football and I think I've been fairly consistent," said Langley."....
As for next season, Langley's future is still uncertain, with the contract he signed on his return to Loftus Road due to expire at the end of the current campaign.He added: "I'm still waiting to start discussions with Gianni [Paladini], but it would be nice to have my future here. I just want to push on for the rest of the season, finish on a high and see what happens

Belated Birthday...Genuine, QPR Super-Loyalist, Mike Keen

Mike Keen, March 19, 1940

Made more than 400 QPR appearances from 1959 to 1968/1969, midfielder/winghalf and Captain, Mike Keen. Captained QPR from 3rd to 1st Division and in the League Cup Final.

Probably not very well treated...Was sold to Alec Stock's Luton when we were in our Relegation Fight...and Keen then proceeded to lead Luton to promotion and then joined Watford. Managed Watford and Northampton and then-non-League Wycombe,. Was briefly a coach at QPR when Frank Sibley was manager. His son played for West Ham and Wolves.

From Sunday Times, April 6 2003 "Where are they now"
"Mike Keen - One of the old school of half-backs Keen was a skilful player who enjoyed delivering long passes, and he was a strong, clinical tackler. He was a QPR stalwart who joined the club in 1958, and played in 393 League matches. After a change of managers, he moved to Luton before finishing his playing career at Watford. He was appointed manager at Vicarage Road and enjoyed four years at the club, where he set about engendering the spirit he had experienced as a player at Loftus Road. He managed Northampton for a year before taking charge of Wycombe part-time and then Marlow while he concentrated on running Sport and Ski, a shop in Wycombe. He lives in Flackwell Heath in Buckinghamshire, and is manager of a shop in Oxfordshire that sells outdoor gear and ski equipment." http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/bob.dunning/caught3.htm

Photo (Front row, sitting next to Chairman, Jim Gregory)


Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Gary Ainsworth Talks about his Return to Cardiff

Former Bluebird has wrecking job in mind
Mar 21 2006 Ian Hunt, Western Mail

CARDIFF CITY will aim to squeeze into the Championship play-off zone at the weekend - though not if one on-song former Bluebird has anything to do with it.
Dave Jones' men kept their promotion dream alive last weekend with a vital 1-0 win at Plymouth that took them to within two points of sixth place.
The only top-eight side to record a win, Cardiff know another victory at home to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday - coupled with defeats for Preston and Wolves - would nudge them into the final play-off spot.
But QPR winger Gareth Ainsworth is determined to help put a stop to Cardiff's momentum when he makes his first official return to the club he served towards the end of the 2002-03 season.
The 32-year-old will arrive at Ninian Park in the midst of one of the best spells of his career, having taken over as this season's top scorer at Loftus Road with his seventh of the campaign in Saturday's 1-1 home draw against Brighton.
And, though the Londoners are out of the promotion race and comfortably perched in mid-table, Ainsworth has warned the Bluebirds they will be in for a difficult afternoon.
"I don't think you'll be able to call this match on the two teams' league positions - we're quite closely matched and it'll probably be a tight game," said Ainsworth, who flew up and down the City wing between March and June 2003.
"(Caretaker manager) Gary Waddock has done a great job since taking over from Ian Holloway and I think we're getting stronger all the time.
"He's changed our style - advocating us playing more football - and we're learning more and more as we go along
"We're in a comfortable position - 13th in the table - but we're determined to finish as high as we possibly can.
"I'm really looking forward to the game as it'll be the first time I've come back to Ninian Park for a league match since playing for Cardiff.
"I was injured for QPR's match at Ninian on the final day of last season, which I know involved a big struggle against relegation for Cardiff
"Now they're in with a shout of the play-offs, which is fantastic. I honestly didn't expect Cardiff to be where they are in the table.
"It's a really refreshing change. Not much has changed in the Premiership over the last 12 months, but it's a credit to the Championship that it's capable of throwing up surprises.
"It's difficult for me to say who might get the final play-off position as Cardiff and Preston are both former clubs of mine.
"But, with so few games left, I do think it's a tall order for any side currently outside the top six to get into the play-offs."
Ainsworth is not the only former Bluebird flying back into Wales at the weekend as midfielder Richard Langley (pictured) returns for the first time since ending his two-year spell at Cardiff last summer.
Whereas Langley has made 19 league starts and scored three goals in his second spell at Rangers, Blackburn-born Ainsworth has struck seven goals in 25 Championship starts this term.
"I've played 36 games in all and I'm top scorer, which I don't think is too bad for a someone who people say is injury-prone," he said.
"Hopefully, I can pop up with a goal at Cardiff, who I still regard as one of the biggest clubs I've played for.
"I loved my time at Cardiff, and wanted to stay there permanently.
"But, having initially been told I'd get a contract, Lennie (Lawrence) changed his mind two days after the play-off final and said he wanted to go for bigger players.
"On my way back to London from Cardiff, though, I got a call from QPR (ironically the side City had just beat to win promotion) saying they wanted to talk to me.
"The rest is history. I was at Ninian Park last week for Andy Legg's benefit game, and had a great reception from the fans - hopefully I'll get another one at the weekend.
"Just as I always used to give everything for Cardiff, though, they'll understand that I'll be putting in 100 per cent to try and help QPR win the game."

Jackett REALLY Wants Mcleod Out of Swansea!

BBC - Jackett encourages McLeod to go
Swansea City manager Kenny Jackett has urged midfielder Kevin McLeod to leave the club before Thursday's deadline for loan deals.
The player is out of favour after a breach of club discipline, but he still has two years on his Swans contract.
"I've spoken to Kevin and his agent and said from my point of view the best thing is if he goes now," Jackett told the South Wales Evening Post. Swansea will only agree a loan deal if a summer free transfer is guaranteed. Sheffield Wednesday, Colchester, Doncaster, Peterborough and Chester have all expressed an interest in McLeod.
"There are options," said Jackett. "Will he leave? I don't know. It depends who comes in with a firm offer. We'll just have to wait and see."

Ex-QPR's Gary Micklewhite Turns 45 (Also Ex- Manchester United & Derby County)

Gary Micklewhite. Born March 21, 1961.

Signed by Tommy Docherty from Manchester United on a free. Under Terry Venables came into the team. Was a sub in the First Cup Final Game. Started in the Replay. Great, hardworking midfielder. Ultimately sold to Derby County by Frank Sibley. Got the final goal in QPR's 5-5 draw vs Newcastle.

Gary Micklewhite in Profile
Born: Southwark 21 March 1961
Playing Career:Manchester United March 1978-May 1979 (apprentice)QPR July 1979-Feb 1985 127 apps-17 goalsDerby County Feb 1985-May 1993 288 apps-43 goalsGillingham July 1993-May 1996 113 apps-4 goals
Gary Micklewhite came to Wycombe at the start of the 1998/99 season as Assistant to Neil Smillie. He had spent the previous two seasons as Youth Team Manager at QPR and was a team-mate of Neil Smillie during his final playing years at Gillingham.
Micklewhite began his professional football at Old Trafford under the reigns of Tommy Docherty but he never made the first team. Then in the summer of 1979, with Docherty now at QPR, he arrived on a free and began a succesful spell at Loftus Road. In 1982 he appeared in both games against Spurs in the FA Cup Final at Wembley - playing in midfield alongside former Wycombe Manager John Gregory. A year later he gained a Division Two Championship with Rangers. A £90,000 move to Derby County in 1985 began an eight year spell at The Baseball Ground before his move to Gillingham.

Waddock on Richard Langley's QPR Future


QPR caretaker manager Gary Waddock has played down speculation linking Richard Langley with a move to Championship rivals Luton Town. The 26-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has become frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities.
Luton have been rumoured as being interested in the Jamaican star, but Waddock insists there is nothing happening at the moment.
He said: "Richard's contract is up in the summer and we'll have to wait and see. He played a lot at the start of the season, but he's not been in the team because of Marc Bircham and Steve Lomas.
"He came to see me and asked me why he wasn't playing and we had a chat, but nothing's happening (regarding a move) at the moment."


Jim Smith Set to be Named Manager of ...Oxford United

Smith in line for return to Oxford
The Guardian - Michael Walker Tuesday March 21, 2006

Jim Smith is expected to be named as manager of Oxford United today, succeeding Brian Talbot who was sacked last week. It will be a sort of homecoming for Smith, 65, having been their manager in the early 80s and famously guiding them through the divisions and into the top flight for the first time in their history.
Oxford have slipped back into the fourth tier of English football and tonight face a match at Bury that will help define whether they stay in the Football League or are relegated to the Conference. Smith is expected to be at Gigg Lane and will officially take over tomorrow. He will be the club's eighth manager in six years.
Smith's last job was as assistant to Harry Redknapp at Southampton but he was a casualty of the turbulence at St Mary's last summer and has been waiting for the opportunity to return to the game since. .....

Monday, March 20, 2006

Holloway Talks About His (Non) Job, his Past & His Future

Bristol Evening Post on Holloway

11:00 - 20 March 2006

Ian Holloway has been involved in football all his life. From the moment he first kicked a ball with his late father Bill, the Bristolian was absorbed by the game. Signed by Bristol Rovers in his teens, Holloway embarked on a professional career that also took in spells with Wimbledon, Brentford and, most notably, in the Premiership with QPR.In 1996 he moved into management with the Pirates before succeeding Gerry Francis at Rangers.Holloway has always been fiercely committed to the sport and the club he represents.Yet now, for the first time in almost 30 years, the 43-year-old has been frozen out of the game he loves - and it hurts.
Holloway was relieved of his duties as QPR manager last month, told to stay away from the club and placed on 'gardening leave.'Holloway has taken the advice literally and spent the last few weeks doing gardening and DIY at his house in St Albans - but he admits it hurts."Frustrating isn't the word, it's like part of you is missing," said Holloway. "It's a bereavement, me without football."
But I've had some time to reflect, had some time to get back to what's important."Sometimes you can get the balance wrong between what is really vital, which is your family, your wife and your kids."What I have learnt is that no matter how hard you try, football is not what you think it is."I'm not even allowed to go there (QPR) any more. I'm not allowed to ring any of my players."When I get into a relationship, I am committed, that's it. And unfortunately, the way I earn my money, it kicks you every now and again."
This is the second time it's happened and I'm looking forward to the start of the third venture, whatever that is."I'll always give it 100 per cent and if that isn't good enough, then I won't apologise. I'll just pick up my bags and start again somewhere else. That's all you can do."
The first time Holloway was forced to relinquish a management role came in January 2001, when he was sacked as Rovers boss.Having taken the Pirates to the brink of promotion to what is now the Championship in the 1999-2000 season, the fiery boss saw star strikers Jason Roberts and Jamie Cureton sold during the close season.Inevitably the side struggled the following season, ultimately being relegated to the Football League's basement division.It was a tough time for Holloway, who, despite linking up with Rangers soon after, took a while to get over the disappointing end to his Rovers love affair."I've been away from Bristol for a long time now and there were things that happened at the end (in 2001) that were in danger of souring my whole experience," he said."
I'm Bristol born and bred and I've always been proud of that."All I ever did was wear my heart on my sleeve and if that offended some people then I apologise."I probably learnt over the years and I was out of order sometimes when I first started."Some of the things at the end hurt, like some of the Gasheads singing 'You don't know what you're doing' - how they were that astute and knew, I don't know!"Holloway makes a rare return to his home city tomorrow when he links up with rugby celebrity Gareth Chilcott for a Sporting Dinner at Jury's Hotel.The show was sold out weeks ago, highlighting how popular 'Olly' remains throughout Bristol."I'm looking forward to coming back," he said. "
You never forget your roots."At the moment the show is a breath of fresh air for me because my situation is not very nice."It's part of my occupation but to come back to Bristol and see some friendly faces will be great."Hopefully the night will be different. I've seen a lot of after dinner speaking where there's not enough inter-action. We want people to join in, which is vital."With his obvious Rovers loyalties, Holloway is bracing himself for the presence of City fans at tomorrow's show.But he also realises how important the inter-city rivalry is."All I've learnt since I've been outside of Bristol is how much it means to me," added Holloway."The sporting rivalry between Rovers and City is so important. The clubs need each other, that healthy competition is essential."Maybe it's not healthy enough. I'm blue, I always have been, but without the reds, I wouldn't be the same. That's what it's all about."Holloway's enforced absence from football over recent weeks has also led to a period of self-examination."I'm 43 now and I'm learning all the time," said Holloway."
You adapt and change through life and I'm looking forward to whatever happens next."It's a new chapter in my life for me. My daughters are growing up and my son's passed his driving test."If you'd have told me that my little 'un is now driving a car, it's scary and I wouldn't have believed it."My whole life is changing. My daughters are going to go to college in Exeter, my boy is driving now and we've only got one child to get through school."I've been at it solidly for 10 years, thrown in the deep end at Rovers, and at times I needed armbands because it's not easy being a football manager, particularly without all your badges and your education."I'm having to catch up on that and I'm enjoying it as well."I've got a plan of action, as far as I can, because my future is in someone else's hands. But watch this space."Watch this space we most certainly will, because with Ian Holloway there is never a dull moment.Big personalities:Happier times:Kicking his heels:

Waddock Hoping to Sign Baidoo to New Contract

QPR 1 Brighton 1
STRIKER Shabazz Baidoo is in line for a new deal - despite his blunder costing QPR victory.
Ten-man Rangers were in command before Marcus Bignot's comical own goal handed Albion an equaliser. And Baidoo missed an injury-time chance to win it when he failed to connect from six yards with the goal at his mercy.
But boss Gary Waddock wants the highly-rated 18-year-old to commit his future to the club by signing a two-year contract this week.
Waddock said: "We'll be sitting down with Shabazz and his agent. I want him to sign it.
He's a good lad who's getting better all the time and I don't want that miss to effect him. "On another day he would have scored and been the hero.
"Hopefully we can get that deal sorted.".....
..... http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/topstories/tm_objectid=16835103%26method=full%26siteid=94762-name_page.html

Also BBC Teenager ponders new QPR contract

QPR's AGM Held - Detailed Report by QPR1st's Tracy Stent

From QPR1st

QPR Holdings Ltd -AGM Report
"March 19, 2006
Tracy Stent represented the interests of the Supporters Trust at the Annual General Meeting of QPR Holdings Ltd.
It was a fairly lively affair and Tracy has produced a report of the meeting which can be viewed/downloaded via the link below. The document is in MS Word format.After the AGM, QPR 1st received details of the loan agreement between Ross Jones and QPR holdings plc (from 2004) mentioned in the report,which he has given us permission to reproduce. ... http://www.qpr1st.co.uk/main/newsarticle.asp?id=59

[Also brief AGM report in the Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror 18 March 2006
By Aidan Magee

QPR chairman Gianni Paladini has assured supporters the club will stay at Loftus Road.
Paladini (pictured below), thought to have been considering a switch to a site at White City, made the pledge as he and Brazil World Cup legend Carlos Dunga - a club director - faced angry fans at QPR's annual meeting.
They were upset by price-hikes, boss Ian Holloway's sacking, debts of £18m and director Antonio Caliendo's suggestion of a move from Shepherds Bush.
But Paladini said: "Antonio Caliendo doesn't speak English. If you asked him what he thought White City was, he would reply: 'Que?' We won't be moving and that's final."

Sunday, March 19, 2006

40 Years Ago, Rodney Marsh's First QPR Game...37 Years Ago Today, Humiliation at Manchester United!

On This Day...

Forty years ago today, Rodney Marsh began his QPR Career
March 19, 1966: Marsh made his debut away to Peterborough. Drew 1-1 and didn't score.The team for Marsh's debut: Peter Springett -Langley, Hunt Sibley Watson - Lazarus, Keen, Roger Morgan, Allen, Collins Marsh.

37 Years Ago, Humiliation
March 19, 1969: Humiliation! Manchester United 8 QPR 1 (Marsh scored for QPR!)

ClementHazell Hunt Watson
Glover I. Morgan Sibley
Clarke Marsh Leach
Sub: Keetch for Clarke

Manchester United
Willie Morgan 3, George Best 2, John Aston, Brian Kidd and Nobby Stiles got the goals.
Stepney, Fitzpatrick, Dunne, Crerand, James, Stiles, Morgan, Kidd, Aston, Law, Best

As I recall, it was only 1-0 at half time (or 2-1) and Manchester United scored 4 of their goals in the last15 minutes. It was a terrible season for QPR but this result was the worst!

Birthdays Today: Andy Sinton and Roy Wegerle

Andy Sinton Turns 40: Born, March 19, 1966
Signed by Trevor Francis from Brentford for 350,000 pounds. Sold 4 years later to Sheffield Wednesday for almost 3 million pouns

Roy Wegerle Turns 42 - Born March 19, 1964
Don Howe's first signing when he became QPR manager. Signed from Luton for 1 million pounds. Sold a couple of years later by Gerry Francis to Blackburn for just over a million pounds.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

QPR 1 Brighton 1 - Reports & Comments

QPR took the lead....Gallen sent off...Brighton equalize through a Bignot og....Baidoo misses a sitter ...Just Under 14,000 saw the game

Red Cards :Gallen 50
Goals :Ainsworth 13 Bignot 80 (og)
Match Report
Rangers had to share the points after a Gareth Ainsworth header, thanks to a late own goal.
The Rangers winger had given Rangers the lead in the first half when his 13th minute header got the better of Wayne Henderson.
For the remainder of the half, it was all Rangers as Brighton failed to trouble the home side.
But in the second half, the sending off of Kevin Gallen fuelled Brighton's game.
But still the visitors failed to pose any real threat and considering this, it was no surprise that their equaliser came from Marcus Bignot.
The header fell past Paul Jones, who was unable to claw the ball from behind him.
All in all, a disappointing result given the performance.
Gary Waddock made two changes to the team which drew with Sheffield Wednesday.
A slight hamstring tweak to Paul Furlong saw the striker rested, but there was good news in the form of Marc Nygaard who returned to action.
Ian Evatt also came in for Matthew Rose in the centre of defence.
Rangers started brightly, dominating in possession and looking lively in front of goal.
Nygaard looked a certainty to put Rangers ahead with just 8 minutes on the clock after Marcus Bignot crossed for the Dane.
Nygaard stuck a boot out, but the ball cannoned over the bar when just a little bit of direction was required.
Judging by Rangers' build up play, you could tell it wouldn't be long before the deadlock was broken and it was a surprise that it took as long as 13 minutes.
The 'pass and move' work from the training ground paid dividends when Lee Cook crossed for Gareth Ainsworth, who headed clean through the legs of Wayne Henderson who was rooted to his line.
Brighton threatened Paul Jones for the first time 20 minutes in when Sebastien Carole drove low at the Rangers stopper, but Jones held his effort easily.
The same man bore down on goal seven minutes later and struck from outside the box.
Despite the fact that his shot was struck with venom down the middle of the goal, Jones was well position and held his strike.
Lee Cook could have doubled the scoreline on a number of occasions, but each time the final ball eluded him.
At the other end, a weak Colin Kazim-Richards failed to trouble Jones as the ball skewed wide of the post.
Rangers finished the half on top, but suffered a blow early on after the break when Kevin Gallen was dismissed for an off the ball incident involving Paul McShane.
Faced with the loss of his skipper, Gary Waddock mixed things up by replacing Nygaard and Cook with Sammy Youssouf and Shabazz Baidoo.
The advantage in numbers seemed to help Brighton's plight and the visitors started to see more of the ball.
A well taken corner from Doug Loft flew past the face of goal, but luckily for Jones who had made a mad dash, none of the Brighton men could connect.
Some good work from Baidoo almost saw the youngster net his first goal at Loftus Road.
Weaving between two defenders, Baidoo swerved to the left, pushed the ball past his man and unleashed a fierce effort which sadly flew just over the bar.
The scores were then levelled by the most unfortunate of circumstances.
Marcus Bignot headed back to Jones, but the keeper just couldn't seem to reach the ball as he was left wrong-footed.
As he looked behind him, the ball bobbled into the back of the net.Rangers went straight back on the offensive in a bid to retake the lead.
Ainsworth went close to bagging his second of the day when his free kick blazed over the bar as time ran out for Rangers.It looked as though Baidoo was going to win the game for Rangers in injury time when Nygaard headed down for him in front of goal, but a tangle of his legs meant the youngster lacked the finish.Sadly there was to be no winner for the Superhoops, despite the fact this was a game that could and indeed should have been won.Rangers: Jones, Bignot, Milanese, Evatt, Shittu, Bircham, Gallen, Ainsworth, Cook (Baidoo 61), Nygaard (Youssouf 61), Lomas
Subs: Royce, Santos, LangleyScorers: Ainsworth 13,Bookings: BaidooSent off: Gallen 50
Brighton: Henderson, Hinshelwood, Hart, Hammond, Carpenter, Butters, Carole (Gatting 57), Frutos (Loft 65), El-Abd, Kazim-Richards, McShane
Scorers: Bignot (og) 79
Subs: Martin, Reid, Dodd
Bookings: El-AbdRef: A Leake
Att: 13,907 http://www.qpr.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Match/MatchReport/0,,10373~31044,00.html

Gary Waddock was left ruing his side's missed chances after drawing with Brighton.
Marcus Bignot's own goal in the 79th minute cancelled out Gareth Ainsworth's opener, but Waddock refused to point the finger at his defender.
He said: "Biggy is sitting in the dressing room and is absolutely gutted. Up until that moment we had been playing well and taking the game to Brighton.
"They hadn't posed too much of a threat to us and to say that I'm disappointed is an understatement.
"I'm not going to blame Biggy because there were other turning points in the game.
"Shabazz had two great chances to win us the game at the end and it's fair to say that he is just as gutted as Biggy at the moment.
"I told him that he can miss one, but next time the second opportunity falls to him he's got to put a size nine boot through it and launch it."
The dismissal of Kevin Gallen five minutes in to the second half gave Brighton half a chance in a game they rarely took a hold of.
The skipper was adjudged to have swung an arm at Paul McShane and was duly given his marching orders.
"I think that was a turning point in the game. I haven't had a chance to see it yet but all in all, it wasn't our day having dominated the game."

McGhee - hopeful of staying up. McGHEE BULLISH OVER SAFETY
By Andy Sims, PA Sport
Brighton boss Mark McGhee insisted his side can still beat the drop from the Coca-Cola Championship despite seeing them held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man QPR at Loftus Road.
A Marcus Bignot own goal 10 minutes from time earned the Seagulls a point after Gareth Ainsworth had given Rangers a deserved first-half lead.
Sheffield Wednesday's win over Preston leaves Brighton seven points adrift of safety, but McGhee is refusing to write his battling side off and insists they can survive.
"The important thing is we still have to play Sheffield Wednesday, and if we can get a win between now and then, and then beat them, it is game on," said McGhee.
"If we didn't have to play them, then it would probably be all over, but it isn't. But we have to beat Sheffield Wednesday."
McGhee was disappointed with his side's display, however, and admitted they barely deserved to take a point back to the south coast.
Rangers were rarely threatened by the visitors despite being a man short for most of the second half following Kevin Gallen's sending off.
"Week in, week out, we've been able to say we've deserved more from games, but not today," added McGhee.
"It took the sending off to get us into the game and that's disappointing.
"We've got to be grateful for a point because we didn't deserve to win. And if we stay up I'll send Marcus Bignot a bottle of champagne."
Rangers caretaker boss Gary Waddock revealed Gallen apologised to his team-mates following his 50th-minute dismissal.
The experienced striker was shown a straight red card by referee Tony Leake after aiming a punch at Brighton defender Paul McShane.
"I didn't see the incident but it was out of character," said Waddock. "He's devastated, he's never been sent off before.
"And we know if we'd had 11 men on the pitch we'd have gone on to win.
"We played well in the first half, and even with 10 men I thought we played some good football. I felt we deserved three points overall."
Waddock's future remains unresolved, with previous boss Ian Holloway still on gardening leave following a fall-out with chairman Gianni Paladini, and the former Rangers defender admitted he wants a concrete decision sooner rather than later.
"We've got a lot of good young players here, but I'm not in a position to make decisions on players' futures at the moment," he added.
"Ian Holloway is still the manager of this football club. If the situation with him is sorted out then hopefully the club will sit down with me."


Friday, March 17, 2006

Jackett on Kevin McLeod's Swansea Future

McLeod must go out and prove he wants to stay with us - Jackett
Mar 17 2006 Western Mail

KENNY JACKETT has refused to close the door on Kevin McLeod's Swansea career, despite receiving five inquiries for the midfielder.
McLeod, 25, was placed on the transfer list this week after being spotted drinking on the eve of the Walsall game, the latest of several issues that have aggravated Jackett.
No official bids have been received for the Evertonian, and, after a meeting between the pair, Jackett has stressed what happens next is up to McLeod.
"I've had inquiries from five clubs, but nothing concrete," said Jackett. "I've told him personally, individually and publicly why I've put him on the transfer list and his reaction is down to him.
"With his ability level, there will be a lot of clubs interested and if one of these clubs makes an offer which is fine for us then the ball is in his court. I can't make him move on so it's down to Kevin now."
But despite McLeod insisting he wants to fight for his Liberty Stadium future, Jackett has called on the winger to prove his desire on the training ground.
Jackett said, "He's said he hopes to stay, but it's okay saying it, but he's got to do it - actions speak loader than words,
"He's been talking to me about sorting out his application. That's all very good him saying he wants to stay, he values it here, and admitting he's been inconsistent over last few months after a storming start, but his future is up in the air. It will be decided by him.
"But one thing I would never do is say he won't play for this club again.
"If there's a vital game coming up and players unavailable and he's fit and flying. I'm not stupid enough not to play him because it's all about the club being successful.
"But, under present circumstances, I don't accept what he's doing. That's what I've said to him - his next reaction is his responsibility." http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0600soccer/0200news/tm_objectid=16823721%26method=full%26siteid=50082%26headline=mcleod%2dmust%2dgo%2dout%2dand%2dprove%2dhe%2dwants%2dto%2dstay%2dwith%2dus%2d%2d%2djackett-name_page.html

QPR's Acting Manager, Garry Waddock Turns 44

Happy Birthday, Garry Waddock: Born March 17, 1962 (a Year OLDER than Ian Holloway!)
Waddock's QPR Playing Record

Given his debut as a 17 year old, by Tommy Docherty, in September 1979 - in our first season after Steve Burtenshaw took QPR down. (A QPR team which was also giving games to Clive Allen and Paul Goddard and others)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Dunga at AGM...Paladini on QPR's Improved Situation Under Him...Board's £8m+ Investment

BBC - Dunga will face QPR shareholders

Carlos Dunga will face shareholders at Queens Park Rangers' Annual General Meeting on Friday.
The former Brazil captain became a QPR director in 2004 as part of a Monaco-based group that later staged a boardroom coup at Loftus Road. Dunga did not attend board meetings prior to using his vote to help Gianni Paladini oust Bill Power as chairman. "I take my role as a director of QPR seriously and look forward to appearing in front of shareholders," said Dunga. "Myself and the other directors have put money into the club to help it survive and will continue to do so."
Paladini has faced scepticism from some fans since Power and chief executive Mark Devlin were removed following a series of boardroom disagreements. Rangers are heavily in debt and several behind-the-scenes changes have been made since Paladini took control along with Antonio Caliendo. Both men are former agents.
Italian businessman Franco Zanotti has also bought a major stake and Paladini has defended their running of the club.
Paladini said: "Can anyone say QPR aren't in a better position than when I came in two years ago? "The losses are reduced and we are in a position to move forward. Everything is settled and we just want to get on with running the club. "This board have invested over £8m. Yes, some of that has been used to buy shares, but that is how much has been paid and that shows commitment."

Ex-QPR's Ian Dowie Q&A...

League Managers Association (LMA) Official Site


Whether it was working with missiles at G.E. Aircraft or playing up front for West Ham United amongst others, Iain Dowie always knew where the target was. One of the country’s most up and coming young managers, now has his sights set on a 2nd promotion to the Premiership in 3 years. Sue McCann has been speaking to the Palace Boss.

The Championship division this season appears to be more competitive than ever; is this tougher than your first stint in it, is it a reflection on the calibre of managers involved or is there a very good standard of player around at the moment particularly in the top half of the table?

“I think there are some very, very good teams in the Championship. I’m not sure it’s tougher than it was before because we were fourth from bottom when I first came in. I just think there’s some good managers in there. There’s been some stand alone performances; Steve Coppell, what he’s done at Reading, the players he’s brought in and the way he plays as well. They’ve had a fantastic season and done what Sunderland did last year, but probably even better. There is an ultra competitive level in this league.”

Despite being founder members of the Premiership, Crystal Palace have been the ultimate ‘yo yo’ club since the Premiership’s formation. Should you achieve promotion what steps must Palace take differently to be better equipped to stay up?

“I think in this modern day the infrastructure is very, very key. I think you need to have your ground developed to a certain level and the training ground to a very high level and I think they’re things that you have to do and I think the Chairman is aware of that, and is trying to prepare accordingly. Outside of that you have to get a side that’s got assets, that’s got pace, that’s difficult to beat with good spirit amongst the team, technically be very prepared. Probably the difference for me was the endurance and the ability for players in the Premier League to run at high intensity for a lot longer than they would, or a lot more often, than they would in the Championship. There may be more ground covered but that’s with endurance, the ability like with Thierry Henry to go ‘bang’ from nought to whatever it is in seconds, that’s what you’ve got to be capable of coping with and you also need to be able to keep possession. So there’s 7 or 8 pieces of the jigsaw you have to do better; you have to invest properly, bring the right character of personnel in. I just think it does really help; you look at Wigan or West Ham this year; the infrastructure, West Ham has very, very good crowd levels. Wigan has a lovely set-up but to be fair Paul has invested very, very well in pace and experience. I think the assembly of your squad has to be right.”

Your Chairman Simon Jordan had three managers in quick succession before appointing you, why does your relationship with him seemingly work so well?

“You cannot at anytime question the money that he’s spent. I think in the end we get on well together because it’s an open relationship, in that he knows what sort of person I am and I know what sort of person he is. So I think in the essence we’re both straight talkers. Simon, I think respects that; Simon runs the business; I run the football side that’s the way it is. We communicate through the proper channels all the time. Simon is a very passionate man; he’s a fan of the club so he wants what’s best for the club for sure. I think for me when you run a football club nowadays you’ve got to have a long term plan. I don’t believe in the word short term really at football clubs, I think you’ve to have a long term plan but also you have to spend it like it’s your own money, I think that’s very important. The business side is becoming more and more important; you cannot make decisions that impact on the business without understanding how it impacts on the other areas of the business. An all round business approach is something you need too.”

Simon’s determination and resolve, obviously in conjunction with you, in making sure Andy Johnson did stay at the club is a rarity today, people didn’t believe that would happen. Perhaps football needs more Chairmen like him in that respect?

“He’s very single minded. We always talked about it and he said ‘what’s your thought on it? Andy’s a stand alone player that you definitely want to keep’ so yes absolutely, he’s aware of that. Having said that, it was a scenario where Andy’s value was never going to diminish either. It’s an issue that will no doubt rear its ugly head if we’re not fortunate to go up this year, but that’s something we will deal with. Having said that Simon has rewarded Andy very well and I think Andy’s starting to come into the form we all know about, he certainly did that on Monday night.”

What are your hopes for Andy in terms of the World Cup…? Simon did say at the time that Sven had alluded to the fact that it didn’t matter of he was playing in the Championship, do you think he’s got a chance of making that squad?

“Oh yeah definitely. I think when you look at something like 80 goals in 130 or 140 games there aren’t too many better records than that around. He’s got a chance; I think what he’s got to do between now and the next 7 or 8 weeks is go on a good run. He’s an international type player who gives international defenders problems, he craves the goals, he works his socks off and that for me is a huge plus. I think you shouldn’t underestimate what he brings to a team.”

I know how determined you were to be a manager before you went into it and how well you prepared and thought it through; has it met with expectations, is it better, are there aspects that you’ve found very surprising?

“I think however you prepare it’s always surprising. What I probably don’t do well is, and I’ve spoken to managers more senior to me who have the ability to be able to switch off, I don’t have that necessity, I don’t think I need to do that. It is a fantastic job; I think the ability to be able to shape people’s futures is important. I think the other thing that is fantastic is can you develop talent and get 11 (well it’s now 22 players) playing in a tight knit unit, the man management issues are fascinating and in modern football that’s a huge part of the role. The tactical side is something that I have always loved and always felt was something I really enjoyed; looking at the videos, looking at oppositions, the way we play, slight little conundrums you’ve got to sort, but also putting out things that can really help your team win, watching Johnson, Watson, Barlow becoming internationals. I think they’re the things that really make football rewarding. The biggest reward for me as a manager is seeing people fulfil their potential. You’ve got to have an altruistic element as a manager, I really do believe that. You always want to improve each day and that’s sometimes very hard to do, but that for me is a benchmark of what I’m trying to do. I try and review myself every week and try and see what I could have done better the week before.”

Your brother Bob is your Director of Football, Sir Alex Ferguson’s brother has in important role in United’s coaching/scouting set-up. How much of a benefit is it to have somebody that knows you inside out and to have that absolute trust and camaraderie?

“ Bob has always been involved with me, early on at QPR when Gerry (Francis) was there and I was working there, Bob was involved and went to watch games for us and helped us out. We had a Chief Scout but Bob sort of took that role over, scouting the opposition. We formatted a report that we still use now, though it’s changed and is more computerised now. It allows us to see how we felt we could win and lose games in terms of strengths and weaknesses the opposition have, what sort of game plan would hurt them, what sort of areas. It became a very technical and tactical document. So that’s carried on, he’s now got a much more broad ranging role and to be fair it was really Simon’s (Jordan) appointment. He knew what Bob’s role was and when he came here he continued it and it’s been me, him and John Harpin. John’s been a mentor/coach for me for a number of years. Simon went to Bob and he knew he could cope with being Director of Football in terms of contracts; he was a negotiator at G.E. Aircraft in terms of dealing with multi billion dollar deals. He’s found it different but he’s also found it very stimulating. The one thing he has got is a very good work ethic so he’s enjoying it. The trust element is fantastic; I’d trust him with my life so from my point of view that’s something that’s very pleasing.”


Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Waddock Wants Paul Jones for Next Season (Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times)

Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times - March 15, 2006
Waddock Wants to Sign Jones

GARY Waddock will offer veteran goalkeeper Paul Jones a new contract if he is appointed QPR manager on a permanent basis. The Welsh international's breathtaking performances between the posts have convinced Waddock to try and keep him at Loftus Road beyond his initial three-month deal. The 38-year-old keeper's form has been so impressive that Simon Royce - a strong contender for Rangers' player-of-the-year award - was restricted to a place on the bench in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.
And Waddock confirmed: "I've spoken to Paul already about whether he wants to continue playing next season - and there's certainly no reason why he can't."It's a bit early for me to make decisions on players' futures when my own is still unclear and Ollie's situation is being sorted out. "But, if I do get the job, there will be no favouritism. I'd like to have Paul and Roycey as two good senior keepers fighting it out for the number one slot." While Paul's in such incredible form, there's no way he's not going to keep the shirt. Roycey knows he has to be patient and bide his time."
Jones, who joined the club last month after Royce sustained a groin injury, topped his double save against Wolves with a sequence of four stops to keep Rangers on level terms at Hillsborough.And the ex-Southampton and Wolves keeper is relishing the increased competition generated by Royce's return to fitness."Of course it helps me - there's nothing better than competition for places," Jones told the Times. "It's always better when there's someone pushing you because you've got to be on your game."I've experienced both sides, where sometimes you're first choice and sometimes you have to wait for a chance. If you're not doing it right, someone's going to step into your shoes."It's up to me to perform and the decision's down to Gary Waddock, so I want to make it very difficult for him to put Simon back in."Wednesday threw everything at us, they launched it into the box and in the end I think they had six up front, but we coped with it well."The start of the second half was a case of up, down, up, down and trying to get something on the ball. That seems to be happening each game at the moment, but I'm thoroughly enjoying it."
Although Waddock has the luxury of choice where the goalkeeping slot is concerned, he may have to reshuffle the back four when Rangers take on Brighton at Loftus Road this Saturday.Matthew Rose is rated as doubtful after hobbling off at Hillsborough with an ankle injury, which could mean a return to the starting line-up for Ian Evatt. Paul Furlong should be available despite picking up a minor knock, but Marc Nygaard is unlikely to have shaken off his hamstring strain in time to face the Seagulls.

Bircham's Interesting Comments

Birch's banter
Kilburn Times - March 10, 2006
IT'D be nice to see Loftus Road full again at some stage - although the crowd was better on Saturday, it's still less than what we'd have got last season.I'm sure the drop has been mainly to do with season ticket prices and hopefully something will be done about that in the summer, because it's been strange seeing so many empty seats. The atmosphere was fantastic when we won promotion a couple of years ago and it gave us that extra push towards the end of the season when we had Bristol City right on our backs.
Talking of the promotion season brings me on to our next game, a chance to reminisce on the best day of my career at Hillsborough.I remember worrying I might not be able to carry on because Clarke Carlisle accidentally gave me a dead leg after about five minutes!But the adrenaline started to kick in - helped by the way Sheffield Wednesday fans were cheering Bristol City's goals - and, once Kev scored, there was no looking back.It's interesting to see how Wednesday have struggled since they came up in the play-offs and some people have said they got promoted a year too early.
With hindsight, it was lucky we didn't go up the year we went to Cardiff - as we found out the next season, promotion could have sent the club over the edge.Apparently we still owed money to Watford, Barnsley, Birmingham and heaven knows who else. Along with the bonuses that would have been owed, that could have meant QPR going bust.So losing to Cardiff was the best thing that could have happened. It meant we earned the club some money, kept our team together and went up a year later. To read Marc Bircham's exclusive column in full, buy the Times every Wednesday

Beware the Ides of March....Three years ago on this day: Oldham 0 QPR 0

Three Years Ago: March 15, 2003 QPR drew at Oldham 0-0. (Pretty strong QPR team)

David Miskelly, Lee Duxbury, Anthony Carss, Darren Sheridan, Chris Armstrong, David Beharall, Ben Burgess, Dean Holden, Joshua Low, Paul Murray, Clyde Wijnhard, Carlo Corazzin, John Eyre

Chris Day, Clarke Carlisle, Terrell Forbes, Richard Langley, Steve Palmer, Marc Bircham, Lee Cook, Paul Furlong, Kevin Gallen, Leroy Griffiths, Gino Padula, Daniel Shittu, Tom Williams, Andy Thomson

Attendance: 7,242


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On Target:


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

QPR Reserves Lose at Home to Aldershot Reserves

Updated: PHOTOS FROM QPR vs Aldershot Game


Shots Reserves beat QPR 3-2 at Loftus Road today
Goals from Sulaiman, Hudson and Youth Team Player Hylton
Report to follow http://www.theshots.co.uk/NewsPage.ink?nid=27203

Shots Reserves Fine Win at QPR
QPR Reserves 2 Aldershot Town Reserves 3match report
Aldershot fielded a strong lining including four from the starting line-up against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday. Lewis Hamilton and Leroy Griffiths were both facing their former club and ' is so often the case ' rose to the occasion.
Shots started with a flurry of chances and took the lead in the fourth minute. Ryan Williams' pass set Leroy Griffiths down the left and just inside the area he picked out Hassan Sulaiman's run into the area with an incisive pass which Sulaiman accurately placed into the far corner.
Dan Weait in the Shots goal saved well from Stefan Moore shortly after but QPR were on the ropes and fortunate not to fall further behind. First Kirk Hudson's pace created space for Sulaiman to cross the ball into the danger zone where Sean Ridgeway's shot was just kept out. Then a dangerous cross from Hamilton was hit first time by Hudson but Sean Thomas beat the ball out.
The game was open and flowing with both teams going for goals. Weait kept out QPR until the 22nd minute when Scott Donnelly curled a free-kick around the wall and just inside the post to equalise. Weait made an excellent close range save from Luke Townsend and really seems to have developed over the course of the season.
Aldershot retook the lead on 31 minutes, route one play saw Kirk Hudson's explosive pace ensure he was first to a long ball which he knocked wide of Thomas then walked into the net unopposed. QPR almost equalised straight away, Tobi Jinadu used his strength to shepherd Moore away from Ukah's cross but the ball curled after bouncing and hit the post.
The drama continued when Sammy Youssouf beat Jinadu to a ball inside the area but tumbled all too easily under Matt Somner's challenge and the referee rightly waved play on. Aldershot's wide men posed problems for Rangers' defence all afternoon and a flowing diagonal move from Williams to Sulaiman set up Ridgeway with a shooting opportunity that he pulled wide of goal. As the half closed Stefan Bailey's very late foul on Ryan Scott earned a booking ' had Bailey's two-footed lunge earlier in the half connected he may not have been on the pitch.
The second half was considerably less eventful. Rangers blanked out Shots threat down the flanks and Shots defence dealt capably with QPR's forward moves. Ryan Scott hit a long range volley inches wide of goal but there were few other chances. Youssouf embroiled himself in a tangle with Scott and delivered the light sort of 'head butt' that would receive an automatic red card in first team football but Referee Bull sensibly diffused the situation with a talking to.
Midway through the half Shots had the ball in QPR's net after Hamilton's diagonal pass was chested down by Griffiths who bundled it past the keeper but was ruled offside. QPR equalised in the 79th minute Donnelly threading a pass between Shots' defence and Youssouf clipped the ball across the goal past Weait.
A flurry of late substitutions saw former Oxford trainee Liam Malone on for his fourth consecutive Reserve match, along with youth-team top scorer Danny Hylton and Australian trialist Greg Farrell. The goal spurred Aldershot into life and Hudson's pace again stretched Rangers defence. In the 87th minute Danny Hylton got the better of his marker and surged through on goal, to slip his shot just inside the post for a 3-2 lead and his first Reserve goal.
In injury time Somner made a well-timed saving tackle and at the other end Scott's shot was just wide of target. An excellent result for Aldershot that takes them off the foot of the table and above Woking. The entire eleven played well in the first half and though rarely threatening in the second dealt with QPR well. Lewis Hamilton had an impressive game in his preferred right-back position, Tobi Jinadu did the simple things very well in central defence and Leroy Griffiths worked hard in attack.
Aldershot: Dan Weait, Lewis Hamilton (Liam Malone 77), Will Salmon, Tobi Jinadu, Matt Somner, Ryan Scott, Ryan Williams (Greg Farrell 84), Hassan Sulaiman, Sean Ridgeway, Leroy Griffiths (Danny Hylton 82), Kirk Hudson.
QPR: Sean Thomas, Ugo Ukah (Karl Yelland 80), Andrew Howell, Jon Munday, George Santos, Stefan Bailey, Scott Donnelly, Stefan Moore, Luke Townsend (Matt Hislop 59), Sammy Youssouf, Shabazz Baidoo.
Report by Martin Gooday (match pictures to follow)

Rangers Reserves conceded a late, late goal to succumb to a 3-2 defeat against Aldershot at Loftus Road.Shots substitute Danny Hylton notched the last gasp winner, despite vocal appeals for a handball earlier in the move.Defeat was a little harsh on Rangers, who enjoyed the lion's share of territory and possession throughout a free-flowing contest.Earlier, Aldershot - who fielded a strong side - were ahead inside three minutes when Hassan Suliamin finished with aplomb from the edge of the 18 yard box.After a series of close shaves, Rangers eventually drew level on 21 minutes, courtesy of a Scott Donnelly wondergoal.The 18 year old midfielder curled a delightful 25 free-kick into the top corner of the net, to the delight of the small crowd.But the lead lasted just nine minutes, when Kirk Hudson evaded the offside trap, skipped round Thomas and stroked the ball into an empty net.The second half flattered to deceive, until Donnelly's fine run ended with him slipping in Sammy Youssouf, who took one touch to set before curling the ball past Dan Weait in the 79th minute.A draw looked to be on the cards, before Hylton had his say to leave the hosts pondering a second loss on the spin.

This was QPR's Announced Team
QPR Reserves: Thomas, Kus, Howell, Munday, Santos, Donnelly, Bailey, Townsend, Baidoo, Youssouf, Moore.Subs: Cole, Yelland, Hislop, Ukah, Cousins.http://www.qpr.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Match/Reserves/0,,10373~801500,00.html

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