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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Venables: Says "NO" to QPR and Offers his View re Briatore's Involvement and re, Dowie and Ainsworth

Terry Venables writing about the end of Directors of Football in England offers his view re the QPR situation.

Terry Venables/The Sun
- "TOTTENHAM’S decision to axe Damien Comolli is the end of the director of football in England. Not before time. I’ve never known a more divisive and pointless job in all my years in the game.....
- "...One thing an owner hates more than anything else is seeing his money wasted. The logical conclusion to a situation like that is what happened at QPR. Co-owner Flavio Briatore sacked Iain Dowie and decided to pick the team himself.
- I could never work in a situation like that. My name’s been linked to QPR but it’s not going to happen.
- Briatore may think he can do the job himself and he may even succeed in the short-term. But in the end he will fail.
- The only way you can pick a team is if you’re on the training ground every day.
- I’m fascinated to know what the League Managers’ Association makes of it all.
- Under their rules, a footballer who has spent his entire career in the game cannot be a manager without passing his coaching badges.
- So how come a man with no football background whatsoever is allowed to manage QPR?
- I understand Gareth Ainsworth accepting the situation there as he chases a first step on to the coaching ladder.
- But no self-respecting manager would accept working for an owner who picks the team.
- When it comes to tactics, team selection and transfers, the manager MUST have total control. When things go wrong, managers get the sack.
- Just about every top team succeeds as they have a strong, independent manager who runs the club from top to bottom..." The Sun

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