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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Gareth Ainsworth On Team's First Encounter With De Canio

Kilburn Times - Step on the Gaz
QPR has always seemed like a family, so it was nice to hear our new coach saying that when we met him for the first time at the training ground on Tuesday.
He was speaking through an interpreter, as his English is a bit like Claudio Ranieri's was when he first came to this country, but there were a lot of references to the club being one big family.

He wants everyone training together, which hasn't always been the case, and he spoke about how, with the players we have, he believes we're in a false position in the league.
Marc Nygaard speaks fluent Italian which helps, but the coach managed to get his point across in our first training session and everyone was clear about the tactics he wants to play.
My first impression was of a very professional man who knows his football, but I'm sure it's going to be a learning process for all of us. The new gaffer becomes our leader and it's all about pulling on that QPR shirt and giving 100 per cent for him - as everyone should do anyway.
While I'm excited about the arrival of our new coach, at the same time I'm sorry to see Mick Harford go. Mick's a personal friend from our time at Wimbledon, I know what he's all about and under normal circumstances I'm sure he'd have had a chance of becoming manager. Mick's definitely opened a few eyes as to what he can do, though, and he has to take some credit for the fact that Luigi de Canio has a decent little run to build on.
Saturday's result was a huge one for the lads - they really rallied together and to go to a massive club like Charlton and win the game just shows what quality we've got here.
Obviously I always want to play, but I understood the reasons for being rested after six games in four weeks and, when the team play as they did in the second half, you're quite happy not to get on the pitch and upset the rhythm.
Preston proved in our last game how a penalty miss can boost the other team - but we were the ones who grew stronger on Saturday after Rowly's shot hit the post and that showed we can compete with anyone.
It was great for Adam to get the goal, of course, and now we've got two home games to make sure we back the result up and continue moving up the table.
If we can capitalise against Hull on Saturday and then Coventry a few days later, it'll get this new chapter in QPR's history off to a great start. Kilburn Times

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