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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Updated -Snippets: Allardyce Allegedly Rejects QPR...Boardroom Spending...Ex-QPR Birthday

Sam Allardyce Rejecting QPR?

Bloomberg News Summary "Allardyce Rejects QPR
"Sam Allardyce, the former Bolton and Newcastle manager, turned down an offer to coach Queens Park Rangers, the Daily Express said. QPR co-owner Flavio Briatore offered a three-year contract to Allardyce as well as funds to sign new players, the Express said. Rangers fired Iain Dowie on Oct. 24. Bloomberg

BBC Gossip - "Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has rejected the chance to become the new manager at Queens Park Rangers. (Daily Express)"

Telegraph/Jim White -Qeens Park Rangers serve up 'fantasy' hospitality but not fantasy football
- Queens Park Rangers supporters have spent the past year gloating about their club's financial condition.
- Ever since Flavio Briatore, the motor racing entrepreneur, put together a consortium featuring Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal to buy into Loftus Road, Hoops followers have boasted that they are the richest club in the country.
Even the intervention of the Abu Dhabi royal family at Manchester City has not entirely undermined their claims: with the tumbling oil price, the west London club are probably a nose ahead.
Being rich, however, does not necessarily translate into success on the field. So far, under Briatore's stewardship, the club have seen far more sacked managers than they have trophies.
Still those Rangers fans who wonder where all the money is being spent (and wonder why, if they are that wealthy, the board need to put ticket prices up) can now rest easy. After the recent clash between Rangers and Birmingham City at Loftus Road, the visitors' managing director, Karren Brady, was purring with enthusiasm about the hospitality on offer. "The directors' areas out-plush even Abramovich's Chelsea," she said. "It's a fantasy boardroom experience."
- At last, something to show for all that cash. Though you do wonder whether "we've got the swankiest boardroom in the land" will catch on as a terrace chant." Telegraph

Ex-QPR Simon Barker Turns 44:
Born November 4, 1964. Midfielder, Simon Barker, joined QPR in August 1988 at aged 23; signed by Jim Smith from Blackburn for 400,000 pounds, where he had been a prolific goalscoring midfielder. Over the next decade, played 300+ games for QPR scoring 33 goals. He left QPR on a free at the end of the 1997-1998 season. Barker/Stats - Also 2002 QPRNet Q&A With Simon Barker

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