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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

QPR Reportedly Reject Sam Hammam Approach

QPR Reportedly Reject Sam Hammam Approach
Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times -

QPR chairman Gianni Paladini has turned down an approach from former Wimbledon and Cardiff owner Sam Hammam.
Hammam, together with ex-Crystal Palace and Brentford chairman Ron Noades, is understood to have sounded out Paladini about taking over at Rangers.
Although the Lebanese businessman watched the Rs' recent home game with Plymouth, his proposals have been rejected, mainly because they would involve the sale of Loftus Road.
Paladini, who took over as chairman in September 2005, has made it clear he will listen to serious offers, but is unwilling to countenance a scheme that could put the club's future in jeopardy.
Other potential investors have expressed interest in buying out Paladini and his business partner, Antonio Caliendo, but are waiting to see whether Rangers remain a Championship side next season before making their move.
Hammam, who sold the majority of his stake in Cardiff earlier this season, rose to prominence in the 1980s when he helped to create the FA Cup-winning 'Crazy Gang' at Wimbledon.
The Dons, of course, were homeless during much of Hammam's spell in charge, struggling to survive on woeful attendances at Selhurst Park and relegation from the Premiership followed soon after his departure.
Hammam then took over at Cardiff in 2001, overseeing their rise to the Championship by means of a play-off final defeat of QPR two years later, but has now handed over to former Leeds supremo Peter Ridsdale.
Noades - who was effectively Hammam's landlord during Wimbledon's groundshare at Selhurst Park - has previously shown an interest in taking over at QPR.
He was believed to have held discussions with former Rangers director Harold Winton some years ago, involving a groundshare arrangement with Brentford, then owned by Noades. Kilburn Times

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