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Friday, November 21, 2008

An (Unidentified) Inside View of QPR Chairman, Flavio Briatore - "A Dictator and a Really Nasty Piece of Work"

Charles Sale/Daily Mail - EXCLUSIVE: QPR owner Flavio Briatore branded 'a dictator and a really nasty piece of work'

A QPR insider has launched an astonishing attack on owner Flavio Briatore, claiming the Formula One tycoon is hated by everyone at Loftus Road. In a powderkeg email leaked to Rangers fans, he describes Renault's Grand Prix boss Briatore as 'a dictator and a really nasty piece of work' who wants to pick the team himself.

The author, whose identity cannot be revealed, urges the email's recipients to use his inside information to stir up trouble but not to reveal the source. It was copied to fans after last Saturday's home defeat by Burnley which led to caretaker boss Gareth Ainsworth being replaced by Paulo Sousa.

The email, written by someone with intimate knowledge of the club, asks: 'How much is Flavio really costing us? Flavio wants a proper manager to replace Ainsworth but he still wants to pick the team.

'Believe me, from (sporting director) Gianni Paladini downwards to everyone working at QPR, including nearly all players, anyone who has met Flavio absolutely hates him and what he's doing to the club. He is impossible, a dictator and a really nasty piece of work. But nobody can speak out because he will finish them if they do.'

The insider goes on to pose a series of questions:

1 How much are QPR paying ex-boss Iain Dowie to sit out the remainder of his contract (almost two years), surely with tax must be over £2million. Who is paying for this?

2 Is it true Danny Parejo (striker on loan from Real Madrid) is getting £40,000 per week from QPR? Who is funding this and why? How are we paying for that?

3 How much do Matteo Alberti, Samuel Di Carmine and Damiano Tommasi cost us and who decided to bring them to QPR when nobody else was going to pay them such wages? How are we paying for it?

4 Why is agent David Manasseh permanently in the QPR boardroom and C-Club sitting by Flavio. What is his role and how much is he paid or paying for the privilege?

5 How many seats have actually been sold in the C-Club, instead of handed out to Flavio's friends?

6 Is it true Flavio is going to the training ground regularly and berating players - and many players are getting fed up with QPR?

7 Why did Flavio not celebrate Dexter Blackstock's goal today (anyone around could see)? Is it because he does not like Blackstock and wants to ship him out like he has done with Angelo Balanta to make way for Di Carmine?

8 With so many empty seats today, and given co-owner Bernie Ecclestone now has his own serious personal problems and Flavio doesn't have that much cash and won't put his hand in his pocket, how is the club funding the massive wage bills Flavio has built up? Surely it must be millions a month now, who is paying? Does Flavio really expect the (co-owner) Lakshmi Mittal to bail him out in January when he refuses to let them (the co-owners) have any say in the club? They aren't mugs.

Manasseh said he was often seen at QPR because he had paid for two seats in the C-Club - believed to have cost him £20,000. Last night QPR declined to comment.
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