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Friday, October 31, 2008

Marc Bircham Interview on his Five Years at QPR - Claims "[In 2006] we got locked out of the training ground because the bill hadn’t been paid"

Fascinating QPRNet Interview with Marc Bircham.

Bircham talks about joining QPR in 2002 and about various on and off the field issues. A number of things have been previously reported (or rumoured). But of course it's interesting that Bircham says what he says.

Bircham speaks about various games at QPR which all fans will remember; the playoff final and promotion the following season; and then the following season; the Italian tour and players left behind. He is very positive about Ian Holloway as manager "thought the way Olly was treated was terrible." Waddock "was a bit of a puppet really." He gives his view about then Chairman Paladini and makes the claim, the club categorically denied at the time
"we got locked out of the training ground because the bill hadn’t been paid."

- Read the well-worth-reading interview at QPRNet Interview with Marc Bircham

- Marc Bircham Wikipedia Profile

IPSWICH Manager ON QPR Managers Dowie & Ainsworth

EADT 24 - Magilton backs Dowie after QPR departure
BLUES boss Jim Magilton has backed old mate Iain Dowie after he left QPR as a matter of principle.
Dowie left Loftus Road last week amid claims he was unhappy with the interference from chairman Flavio Briatore.
It was the fifth club Dowie has managed since starting out at Oldham but the second within a year that Dowie has left.
Magilton said: “It is on his CV and I don't think Iain deserves that. It is twice now that he has been harshly treated. He was harshly treated at Coventry City and now at QPR.
“Iain is very strong-willed man and will stand by his principles to the point where it has cost him his job.”
Magilton and Dowie became good friends playing for Northern Ireland and the Town boss is godfather to one of Dowie's children.
Player-coach Gareth Ainsworth has been handed the caretaker-manager's role and has already overseen two clean sheets with a goalless draw at Reading and a1-0 win on Tuesday over former league leaders Birmingham City.
Like Magilton Ainsworth is stepping straight out of the dressing room door as a player and back in as the boss, which can bring added problems.
On top of that he is the lead guitarist in band that the players go to watch
Magilton feels Ainsworth will relish the opportunity but hints that he may not have the control the Ipswich boss enjoys.
He said: “It is a big change over for Gareth and I'm sure it is big change over for him but I'm sure he will adapt. He has been at the club a long time and this is great opportunity for him and I'm sure one he will enjoy.
“He has an owner who will bring in good players.”.... EADT 24

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