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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

QPR Developments a Year Ago

This time last year: The season had already ended and the list of 14 QPR players released or transfer listed had already been announced the previous week.

QPR Chairman Gianni Paladini (who The Times even then was calling "[a] former Italian football international ...who used to play for Juventus and Napoli",was offering his testimony at "The Trial" which had just started at the Blackfriars Crown Court. (Various at-the-time/day-by-day press Trial Reports

Dennis Wise had just resigned as Manager of Millwall and there was speculation in The Sun that he would taking over at QPR.

QPR was one of 8 London clubs briefly visited by "The Bung busters" - Telegraph - May 4 "Bung-busters quest only lasts 15 minutes By Mihir Bose"
Jamaican International, Damion Steward and Cameroon International, Armel Tchakounte signed for QPR. of Tchakounte, "[QPR Acting Manager] Gary Waddock was delighted to secure his second signing in as many hours, commenting: "Armel shone in training and will be a huge addition to this football club. "He's a big, strong, powerful lad with great energy and will be a key player for us next season.''
Chairman Gianni Paladini believes the Hoops' latest signing will prove to be a firm favourite with the Rangers fans. "He can run all day and has a never-say-die attitude. He will be a tremendous signing. "Gary was really impressed with him in the three weeks he spent with us towards the end of last season and coupled with the other players we hope to bring in over the summer, we're really optimistic about the future" Comments

Mark Bircham and Marcus Bignot who had both been transfer-listed by Acting Manager Waddock offered their views about leaving QPR and about fighting to remain at QPR = Bircham and Bignot.

QPR's July Friendly against Gillingham was announced.

Linfield's Peter Thompson was talking about remaining at Linfield after a QPR transfer inquiry didn't work out - Linfield's Thompson

Chairman Paladini was giving extensive interviews (on non-trial matters): To Clive Whittingham at QPR Rivals and to Ben Kosky at the Kilburn Times.

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