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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

QPR's Year in Review: January 2006


January: Holloway's last month as manager before he was placed on gardening leave (along with coaches Tim Breacker & Gary Penrice). For weeks and even months before, there were rumours about Holloway's future - with even managers of opposing clubs speaking out in praise of Holloway.

This was the last month of the season that QPR were talking semi-realistically, about playoff hopes. QPR drew 1-1 Burnley at home to Burnley BURNLEY REPORT followed by a FA Cup Defeat at Blackburn 3-0 BLACKBURN REPORT
[Also a QPR Video "Behind The Scenes"]
QPR then beat Southampton 1-0 at Loftus Road SOUTHAMPTON REPORT
Lost 0-2 at Luton LUTON REPORT
and QPR lost 2-3 at home to Leicester (January 31 - Holloway's last home game in charge) LEICESTER REPORT
[QPR's line up versus Leicester QPR Royce, Bignot, Shittu, Santos, Rose,Ainsworth (Donnelly 84), Lomas, Langley, Cook,Furlong (Moore 85), Nygaard (Baidoo 65).
Subs Not Used: Kus, Taylor. - Goals: Ainsworth 6, Shittu 83.
Leicester Goals: Fryatt 10, Stearman 79, Hughes 88.

Blackburn Defender Andy Taylor Signs on Loan - Taylor

Marcin Kus Signs on Loan - Kus

Adam Miller Joined Stevenage - Miller

Marcus Bean Joined Blackpool - Bean

In early January, Holloway announced that Ugo was one of those players being released. Talk about QPR trying to sign Lincoln's Peter Thompson.


Holloway chimed in about "bungs" after Luton's Mike Newell's comments.

QPR announce Car Giant as Sponsors - Car Giant

Following the weekend's media reports, the Board of Directors have issued a statement.
Numerous stories alleged that QPR were on the brink of selling some of their most valuable players, most notably Dan Shittu, but the Board would like to state there is no such truth in the rumours.
The statement reads:
"The board unanimously condemns recent allegations from some badly informed newspapers with regards to the sale of some of our players for ridiculous amounts of money and also the replacement of our manager.
"We would like to clarify that there is absolutely no need to sell players in order to settle monies due to the Inland Revenue as we are fully up to date with our repayments.
"Furthermore, stories claiming that Jim Smith is to become the Director of Football at Loftus Road are completely unfounded."QPR

QPR Announce will be Appealing against FA Charges re Stoke Game - Statement

QPR on Latest Agents Totals for July -December 2005
The fourth publication of clubs' spending on agents' fees by The Football League has revealed a decrease of £600,000 in the amount of money being committed to agents by League clubs. In total, clubs committed £4.4m to agents during the six months between July and December 2005, compared to £5.0m for the same period of 2004.
...The average amount spent on fees in The Championship was £155,912 and QPR spent a total of £131,600.
To view the full report click here- Agents

January 20 QPR Announced "[CFO Chris] Pennington Departs" Pennington

Sammy Youssouf Joins QPR Rangers have completed the signing of 29 year old Danish forward Sammy Youssouf on a 6 month contract. The striker was invited over to the clubs Harlington training ground and impressed manager Ian Holloway.
"We played him in a match situation and he really impressed me. We have signed him to the end of the season so we can have a good look at him."
"It's very difficult to bring in players with the current rules and even if you want to bring in a loan you often have to pay loan fees."
After brining in two defenders in the transfer window Holloway has spent the last few weeks trying to complete a deal for a forward.
"Kevin Gallen has been missing and Marc Nygaard has been in and out of the side. I really want to work with Marc for a pre-season and get him fully fit becuase I think he is a great striker and will really do some damage in the Championship."
"We have been asking Shabazz Baidoo to step up and he has done really well and we are now talking to him about signing a professional contract."
With the transfer window closing next week, Holloway may not of finished his shopping just yet.
"I've been on the trail of one striker for quite some time and hopefully we will be able to sign him before the window closes." - Youssuf

Leon Clarke Signs on loan - Clarke

Keith Lowe Signs on Loan - Lowe

See: QPR Report Day-by-day Posts for January - QPR Report January

PART I of YEAR IN REVIEW - DECEMBER 2005 can be viewed here QPR's DECEMBER 2005

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