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Monday, March 19, 2007

Club Statement re Warren Neil Helping Out at QPR

More than a week after it was reported and discussed on a variety of messageboard fora, the Club finally makes an official statement about Warren Neil assisting John Gregory with coaching in the aftermath of the suspension of QPR Coach Richard Hill.


The Club can confirm that former R's defender Warren Neill is currently assisting Manager John Gregory.

However, contrary to reports in today's national press, Neill is only working on a part-time basis and has not replaced assistant manager Richard Hill.

Hill is currently suspended by the Club, pending an on-going internal enquiry into his involvement in the behind-closed-doors friendly against the Chinese Olympic team on February 9th.
Gregory told www.qpr.co.uk: "Warren is doing an old friend a favour for the time being.
"He's a very experienced guy and is QPR through and through. He spent three years here as our Assistant Academy Director and is certainly no stranger to coaching on the training ground. The situation regarding Richard Hill hasn't changed.''
Neill, 44, is a former Rangers team-mate of Gregory and a lifelong fan of the club. He was an apprentice at Loftus Road before making 224 appearances for the Rs between 1980 and 1988.
He played in the 1982 FA Cup final replay against Tottenham and the Milk Cup Final against Oxford four years later.
Neill moved to Portsmouth and had a brief spell at Watford, before returning to QPR as a coach after his playing career ended. QPR

And from today's Mirror:
Daily Mirror - 'PUNCH-UP' HILL GETS KO AT QPR By Aidan Magee 19/03/2007
RICHARD HILL has lost his job as QPR assistant manager in the wake of the brawl with the Chinese Olympic team.
Former Rangers defender Warren Neill has been brought in by manager John Gregory as a replacement until the end of the season.
Hill will not face police charges having been arrested after the infamous punch-up that left Chinese player Zheng Tao with a broken jaw. Mirror

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