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Monday, February 18, 2008

QPR Snippets and Flashback One Year "Kinnear for Gregory"

- Danny Cullip Joining Gillingham
"..[T]he Manager has agreed a deal with centre-half Danny Cullip: "I'm sure we'll change one or two things this week as we've got a senior player in Danny Cullip training with us. We have tied up a deal with him until the end of the season. It might be someone like that who has to come in and lead by example to get us these wins that we all want. We are desperate for them and we want to get out of this position as quick as we can. Performances like today do not help but it gives me options now to change a couple of people around. I thought we were near enough on it last week with the formation we played but a lot of players played a lot of minutes today and people could see that they were still not firing.
"We have got a gentlemen's agreement for Danny Cullip to stay until the end of the season and hopefully he can help us. He'll be the first to admit that he hasn't played many games recently but we'll test him in the week. We have got a free week now and will work extremely hard. The boys are in tomorrow morning and they'll possibly watch the tape of today's game. Hopefully it'll hurt them as much as it hurts me and Scott because there are no days off now. It is time to really understand what position we are in and today's performance should really kick in. No disrespect to Northampton, they played well today but we shouldn't be coming to places like this and being beat 4-0...." Gillingham

Paul Bruce Turns 30: Born, February 18, 1978
- Part of QPR for several years, who never quite achieved it at QPR. In May, 2007 he was released by Dagenham and he joined Thurrock --- Dagenham Profile of Bruce

ONE YEAR AGO... a strange story appeared in a number of newsapers, including The Mail, Mirror
, Sun and Daily Star, that Joe Kinnear was set to replace John Gregory as manager.
The Mirror QPR SET TO GO FOR JOE By Aidan Magee 19/02/20
"JOE KINNEAR is favourite to take over at QPR this week if they decide to sack John Gregory.
The former Wimbledon boss has been out of the game since leaving Nottingham Forest at the foot of the Championship two years ago.
Rangers chairman Gianni Paladini will decide at a board meeting on Wednesday whether to stick with Gregory.
The talks take place the day after Rangers' crucial clash at Leeds - where defeat would almost certainly spell the end for the former Aston Villa boss.
Paladini tried to tempt Iain Dowie into a return to Loftus Road but was given short shrift by the ex-Charlton and Crystal Palace manager.
Kinnear, 60, suffered a heart attack while managing Wimbledon in March 1999 but has since managed Luton and Forest."

The Sun - JOE KINNEAR is poised to take over as manager of struggling Queens Park Rangers tomorrow.

The STAR (From BBC Gossip) "QPR are on the verge of sacking John Gregory and could replace him with Joe Kinnear. (Daily Star)" - BBC

Daily Mail/Edited Simon Jones - The Screamer... it's the talk of football
Wanted: Joe Kinnear QPR line up Kinnear as Gregory faces axe

As a result of these stories, QPR issued a statement. "QPR Deny Managerial Change Reports: "[A]bsolutely no intention of replacing John Gregory"
In light of recent speculation in the national Press, Chairman Gianni Paladini has issued the following statement regarding the managerial position at QPR:
"We have absolutely no intention of replacing John Gregory as manager of this football club. He and the players have our 100% backing as we head into a crucial period of fixtures between now and the end of the season.
"I know this will be looked upon as the dreaded vote of confidence from a Chairman to his Manager, but I feel it is necessary to inform the fans who will have been reading inaccurate reports suggesting I am looking to replace John.
"We haven't spoken to anyone about the managerial position at QPR, contrary to Press speculation. Stories such as these are not helpful for the Club but I know the fans will continue to give great support to the team, as they have done all season.
Our focus is fully on the job in hand, which is to stay in The Championship and then build for what we hope will be a more successful campaign next season, with John Gregory at the helm."

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