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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sceptical About Sousa

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Mail/This is London - Christopher Davies - Palace chief Jordan says 'know nothing' Sousa is not the man to lead QPR

Simon Jordan, the Crystal Palace chairman, doubts whether Paulo Sousa is the man to lead Queens Park Rangers into the Premier League.
Sousa has been assistant to Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz. It is the first time the 38-year-old will take charge of a team and Jordan believes it is significant that the Portuguese has the title of first team coach.
Jordan, whose team are 17th, 10 places below QPR, joked that co-owner Flavio Briatore, who allegedly has an influence on team selection, is really the manager.|

He said: 'I think it's brilliant that a guy who knows nothing about the Championship has been appointed. The terminolgy is important. Isn't Briatore the manager?
'I was more concered when Rangers appointed Iain Dowie because although I don't have a lot of regard for him, he knows the Championship.

'Paulo Sousa knows next to nothing about the Championship which is a very specific league. You need a special knowledge of it to get out of it and you can't buy this.
'When Portsmouth finally got out of Championship they did it with an experienced manager in Harry Redknapp.'

Palace are just above the relegation zone but Jordan is convinced Eagles boss Neil Warnock is the best manager in the Championship.
He said: 'I thought that when Neil was at Sheffield United, too. I used to use United as a benchmark for us. He's the best manager in the Championship and he would be the difference between Palace being promoted or not. Managers are very important in this league.' Mail

Paul Parker/Setanta - You can't buy your way to The Premier League

Paulo Sousa has been appointed as the new Queens Park Rangers first-team coach and he comes into The Championship as a foreign manager without the experience, that worries me.

I think you need a bit of grit or at least experience down there because it doesn’t matter how much money you’ve got, it doesn’t guarantee you that Championship.

As long as the owner has relinquished the strings I think there might be a chance for him but you need a bit more than that. QPR are the team to beat in the division because they’ve got money behind them. But I don’t know if they’ve gone in the right direction with that manager.

His first job is to take three points in his next game, that’s a must. He’s got to go on an unbeaten run, which not many teams do in The Championship. If there’s money in January then maybe he can make a few changes.

There’s a lot of infuriated fans down at QPR – not just for the football but for what’s happening with the prices. All they want is their club back in The Premier League and I believe a team like QPR should be in the top division.

But they’ve got to do it right on and off the park and at the moment they’re chasing things in the wrong way. you’ve got to have the money to spend and spend it wisely. Setanta

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