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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

De Canio's Appointment - Further Reports

"Former Napoli and Siena manager Luigi De Canio has been given the laughably easy task of doing a better job at QPR than his predecessor, John Gregory. "For me, it will be an honour to work for QPR, a club which is backed by Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore, two businessmen with an incredible track record of success in sport and other fields," said De Canio with one eye on his Christmas bonus. Caretaker manager Mick Harford has left after turning down a coaching role at the club. Guardian

Vital Football - QPR: Gareth Ainsworth
Hoops midfielder Gareth Ainsworth hadn't even heard of Rangers new boss prior to Luigi De Canio's appointment.
Sky Sports reported the 34-year-old as saying...
'I don't know anything about him but obviously the owners do and I'm sure he will be good for QPR.'
The lads will come behind him and if he's done well in Italy, where everything is very results based, I'm sure he will do well at Loftus Road.'
It's been the most dramatic start to a football season I've ever been involved in, but hopefully it will calm down now - until the January transfer window that is, when we might be a bit busy!'
Ainsworth and his team-mates will meet De Canio for the first time on Tuesday. Vital Football

TELEGRAPH - De Canio steps in as QPR look to future
By Jeremy Wilson
Queens Park Rangers hope the "dynamic and aggressive approach" of new manager Luigi de Canio will help lift the club from the bottom three of the Championship.
De Canio has spent almost 20 years as a coach in Italy, most recently in Serie A with Siena, whom he helped keep in the top flight for two consecutive seasons before leaving last year. The 50-year-old former Udinese, Napoli, Reggina and Genoa manager yesterday agreed a contract with QPR until the end of the 2009-10 season.
"For me, it will be an honour to work for Queens Park Rangers, a club which is backed by Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore, two businessmen with an incredible track record of success in sport and other fields," De Canio said.

"I would like to thank them and tell them I will not disappoint their expectations. I am fully committed to the project and I am looking forward to getting to work with the players."

QPR chairman Gianni Paladini believes De Canio will fit in with the club's ambitions and new management structure. "The club is going through a phase of restructuring and the appointment of De Canio is the first important step in our long-term strategy," he said.

"De Canio is a motivated professional, whose dynamic and aggressive approach fits perfectly with the image and philosophy of the new management.

"He is aware of the high standards the new management has set for the future, and he is ready to take up the challenge."

Mick Harford, caretaker manager since the departure of John Gregory four weeks ago, turned down a role with De Canio and has left the club.

"We offered Mick a role within the new set-up and we're disappointed that he has turned this down," Paladini said. "He has done a fantastic job since he arrived in the summer."

Gregory was sacked after QPR picked up only three points from seven league matches. Harford has since gained two draws and two wins.

Briatore and Ecclestone have had a £14 million takeover bid recommended and hope to take QPR into the Premier League within four years. Telegraph

See Also: Yesterday's Reports:
Official Announcement
Various Press Reports
QPR's 12 Post-Premiership Managers

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