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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hegulson Off?...Balanta Loaned Out...Ex-QPR Updates: Padula ...Pickens.. Hollings Gardening Leave....Kanyuka Blamed...Steffan Moore....

Also: Other football items: (some posted earlier): - : Gino Padula Update....John Hollins Placed on Gardening Leave ..... List of Top Young Players in England Also: The Soccer Billionaires Club - Including Lakshmi Mittal -- Also: The Importance and History of the League Cup (including 1967) and Managers under pressure via Web Critics.

- Angelo Balanta has joined League Two side Wycombe Wanderers on a two month loan deal.
- The 18 year-old striker will remain with the Chairboys until January 14th 2009.
- Caretaker Manager, Gareth Ainsworth, told www.qpr.co.uk: "This move will be a valuable part of Angelo's development as a professional footballer.
- "Some of the best players in the current England squad, including David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand, were loaned out to lower League sides in the early part of their careers and the positives far out-weigh the negatives.
"It will be greatly beneficial for him to play for a Wycombe side currently flying high at the top of League Two."
Under the terms of the deal, Balanta - who will not be allowed to feature in the FA Cup - can be recalled after 28 days, at 24 hours notice."QPR

Wycombe Official Site Announcement
Wycombe Wanderers are delighted to announce the signing of a Championship striker on a two-month loan deal - and Blues fans can find out who it is by watching the Freeview player on the right-hand side of the homepage.
- The player is a promising youngster and will go straight into the squad for the home tie with Bradford City at Adams Park on Saturday, when he could make his debut in the light and dark blue quarters.
- What's more, you can watch an interview with manager Peter Taylor and the man himself in the video, while wwfc.com will reveal all of the details of the move later on this evening..."Wycombe

Helguson Deal Off: An "In the Know" on the messageboards says the Hegulson deal is off.
The latest news story has "Bolton are ready to let striker Heidar Helguson leave on loan, but will keep hold of defender Danny Shittu to go. Helguson is wanted by Championship side Queens Park Rangers, while Derby are keen to get Shittu on board.
Bolton boss Gary Megson confirmed contact had been made with Rangers over Icelander Helguson but Shittu - who arrived in the summer from Watford - will not be allowed to talk to Derby.
"There was contact from QPR but I can't say at the moment what will or won't happen," Megson said." Football 365

Matt Pickens Update
US Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has selected 19 players that are taking part in the Colorado Training Camp prior to their final qualifier of this round against Guatemala on November 19th.
The list is made up of mostly Major League Soccer players who just ended their season, with the exception of Norwegian-based goalkeeper and defender Troy Perkins and Clarence Goodson respectively. Another surprise selection is out of contract goalkeeper Matt Pickens, formerly of Queens Park Rangers.
The Camp runs from November 12th through the 15th, and Bradley will make his final squad selection after another round of club games have been completed..." Yanks Abroad

STEFFAN MOORE UPDATE - The Conference Guide - Moore extends Harriers stay
Striker Stefan Moore has this afternoon signed a new deal to keep him with Kidderminster Harriers for another month.

The former Aston Villa front man joined Harriers a little over a month ago, making an instant impact in the 3-1 home league win over Ebbsfleet United.
25 year-old Moore, who has also featured for the likes of QPR and Walsall, has started twice for Harriers in his initial spell, making a further four appearances from the bench.
Speaking to harriers.co.uk today, Assistant Manager Neil Howarth was delighted to have kept Moore on board for a second month.
"Stefan is a quality player and he's someone who really knows the game," he said.
"He's a great option for us to have and to have him on the bench shows how strong we are and just how well Matthew Barnes-Homer and Justin Richards are doing."
Moore still awaits his first goal in Harriers colours, but this is of no issue for Howarth, who added: "He should have had his first goal at Burton in the Setanta Shield but the goalkeeper brought him down before he had chance to roll it into the empty net.
"Aside from that he's not really had enough time on the pitch yet - it's no problem at all." The Conference Guide

Pat Kanyuka Gets The Blame
BBC - Defence blamed for Swindon exit
Swindon manager Maurice Malpas blamed defensive mistakes for being knocked out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Brighton and Hove Albion.
Both of the home side's goals in the 2-0 quarter-final loss came after errors by Town's Patrick Kanyuka.
Malpas told BBC Radio Swindon: "Just now we seem to shoot ourselves in the foot. It's becoming frustrating."
The exit came just days after Swindon's humiliating FA Cup first-round defeat at non-league Histon.
Kanyuka gave away a first-half penalty, bringing down Nicky Forster to give Brighton the lead.
The former QPR defender then conceded a needless corner late in the game, from which the Seagulls scored their second.
"It was a bit naive in the first one. Pat is a bit heavy in his attempt to clear the ball," said Malpas.
"There's a bobble when he kicks it out for a corner which is bad enough, but the biggest thing is when the guy gets a free header in the middle of the goal and scores a goal."
The Swindon boss thought there were some positives to take from the match, even though his team saw their chance of taking another step towards a possible Wembley final end.
Malpas said it was a big improvement on the Histon showing.
"We've got to take one or two positives out of it. We looked brighter. In the second half we were the team in the ascendency, we just couldn't get the ball in the net." BBC

QPR Official Site - FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW DETAILS (November 30)
FA CUP DRAW DETAILS - The draw for the Third Round of the FA Cup, to be played over the weekend of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th January 2009, will take place on Sunday 30th November at 2.15pm, live on ITVI and Setanta Sports. Rangers bowed out at the third round stage last season, going down to a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea, courtesy of a Claudio Pizarro strike. Subscribers to the R's Official SMS Service will receive this news first - to sign up, click here." QPR

- Also: Update re QPR Official Magazine, out December 20 "Coming Soon: QPR: The Official Magazine"

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