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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

John Gregory Stays on as QPR Manager


The Club are delighted to announce that John Gregory has agreed a two year extension to his current contract.

In the wake of the R's guaranteeing their Championship status with victory against Cardiff City on Saturday, Gregory has activated a clause within his existing contract that will see him remain at Loftus Road until the end of the 2008/09 campaign.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Gregory said: "I'm delighted to accept the offer made to me by Chairman Gianni Paladini.

"I feel very honoured to have been the Manager of QPR for the last seven months and to have been given the task of keeping us in the Championship. Now that has been secured, the rebuilding has to begin.

"We need to put some concrete in the foundations to make sure the Club does not sink to the appalling depths that it has done this season. That means making changes throughout the Club, which will not always be popular ones.

"I personally have never been happier. I look forward to working alongside Gianni, as we strive to build a better future for our loyal fans. All you need is love.''

Gregory joined the R's on September 20th 2006, replacing Gary Waddock, whose ten games in charge in all competitions at the start of the season heralded just two victories.

His impact was immediate, as the R's clinched back-to-back wins in his first two games, before four wins in five outings, culminating in Saturday's 1-0 win against the Bluebirds, confirmed the R's place in the second tier of English football.

Chairman Gianni Paladini expressed his delight at the news, commenting: "John Gregory has done a fantastic job in his short time in charge here and we are all delighted that he has agreed to be part of our future.

"The impact he has made since he arrived here in September has been quite staggering. The signings he has made have been inspirational and he's proven what a top Manager he is.

"He has our one hundred per-cent backing and he is most definitely the right man to lead us to what we hope will be a very bright future.''

As QPR's Physiotherapist announces will be joining The WASPS in the summmer


It is with regret that Queens Park Rangers can today announce that Club Physio Prav Mathema will be leaving the Club in the summer to join Rugby Union side London Wasps.

Prav has been a part of the Rangers medical team for eight years and has now decided the time is right to move on to pastures new.

The 29-year-old will remain with QPR until the end of June, during which time he will continue to help Gareth Ainsworth complete his rehabilitation from the leg fracture he sustained against Luton Town at Loftus Road earlier this month.

Manager John Gregory said: "It will be a big blow to QPR, losing the services of a first-class physiotherapist and a first-class bloke.

"He has been instrumental in the very high standard of rehabilitation and fitness levels that our players have achieved this season, and is going to be a very difficult person to replace.

"Prav has been a very loyal servant to QPR, working under four different managers. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank him personally and wish him every success with his new appointment."

Prav said: "This has been undoubtedly the hardest decision I have had to make on a professional and personal level. I have had a couple of months to think over what would be the best decision for my career, and it is with deep regret that I have decided to leave the Club, which is so close to my heart.

"My time here has been invaluable to me on so many different levels, and I take away with me many fond memories.

"It has been a fantastic eight years, experiencing a Play-Off Final and Promotion. Times like these have made it very difficult for me to have reached such a decision.

"I will leave behind many good friends, and also a fantastic bunch of players and staff, to embark on the next stage of my career.

"Words can't really describe how much I wish the Club well in the future. I truly believe that the forthcoming campaigns under the Gaffer and his team will prove to be fruitful. I am truly indebted to the Club." QPR Official Site

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