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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Clubs Considering Salary Cap...Clubs Cutting Prices...Balanta Rocking...Rose Failing..QPR Gulf Coaching...Burridge Birthday... DeCanio Profile

- David Conn/The Guardian - Clubs Considering Salary Cap amidst fear of a recession as Birmingham's Chairman Gold advocates cutting ticket prices.
- "...Championship clubs are considering a salary cap to help prevent spiralling financial losses as the economy heads into a recession. Most clubs in the division are losing significant money because they pay what one chairman described as "unsustainable" wages on players they hope will win them promotion to the Premier League...."

- And from The Independent/Ben Chou - "Game over? English football at bursting point" (as The Times reports "Premier League agrees to debt investigation")
- Amid a frenzy of borrowing to pay the wages of international superstars– and build extravagant new stadiums – the most treasured clubs in the Premier League have been sold off to foreign investors. But as times get hard, English football could be sitting on a debt time bomb..."

- Meanwhile, while a growing number of clubs have announced price reductions after the cut in VAT, nothing as of yet from QPR. Clubs Reducing Prices After VAT Cuts

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- Flashback one Year: The Times' Brian Glanville Profiled QPR's De Canio
"Luigi De Canio aims for pole position with grand prix money"

Balanta at Wycombe Last Night -Wycombe Official Site
A brace from the impressive Magno Vieira added to strikes from Leon Johnson and Angelo Balanta to give the Blues a seven-point cushion at the top of League Two...
As the frost set in it didn't have the makings of a classic encounter, but the home side came out all guns blazing - catching a beleaguered visiting side off guard.
Angelo Balanta and the sprightly Franck Moussa both saw long range efforts just tipped round the post by John Brain in the opening exchanges, before the Wanderers deservedly took the lead....
Lewis Hunt saw his header well held by Brain shortly after the restart as the Chairboys refused to be content with their one goal advantage, before Angelo Balanta blazed another effort over the bar from distance.
However if the visitors thought they could keep the Blues at bay until the break they were left disappointed, as Balanta made it two with a superb solo strike.
The 18-year-old, currently on loan at Adams Park from Q.P.R, weaved to the edge of the box before curling an unstoppable 25-yard strike into the top corner of the net.
It was no more than the promising Columbian deserved, after catching the eye with a number of impressive displays over the past two weeks
..."Wycombe Official

This is Local London/Dave Peters - South Americans dazzle as Wanderers go seven points clear
Wycombe 4, Macclesfield 0.
WYCOMBE Wanderers opened up a seven-point lead at the top of League Two as they bounced back from Saturday's FA Cup shocker in style.
The injury-hit Blues showed that their weekend defeat at the hands of an Eastwood Town side 72 places below them was nothing more than an embarrassing blip.
Ravaged by injuries and illness, Wanderers made light work of beating a Macclesfield side who had lost just once since the original fixture was snowed off.
Macc had no answer to the silky skills of Wanderers' South American strikeforce of Brazilian Magno Vieira and on-loan Colombian Angelo Balanta who ran them ragged.
Both scored their first goals for the club as Peter Taylor's much-changed team dazzled under the lights.
Vieira opened the scoring just 11 minutes in, turning sharply in the box and finishing in style after Tommy Doherty had threaded the ball through the eye of a needle.
But his South American partner in crime wasn't going to be outdone, doubling the home side's advantage with a wonderful second on the stroke of halt time bent in from 20-yards – the only problem was that big-wigs from his parent club QPR were there to see Balanta do it and, on this form, they will be wanting him back soon. Vieira and Balanta were causing the Silkmen all manner of problems but they didn't even have to work to net Wanderers' third.
Macc defender Shaun Brisley let keeper Scott Shearer's big punt run through to his own goalkeeper John Brain who inexplicably let the ball go between his legs giving Vieira the simplest tap-in he will ever get to make it 3-0 Wycombe on 52 minutes.
It was a horror moment from Brain who had performed heroics to bail his out-of-sorts team-mates out on at least four occasions in the first half denying Balanta, Vierra, Franck Moussa and Lewis Hunt....
This is Local London

Ramone Rose Time Up at Histon
Cambridge News "...One player who does look set to leave soon is on-loan QPR midfielder Ramone Rose. The teenage winger has failed to make an impact at Histon since arriving for a month from Loftus Road on November 14.
And the Stutes' boss is unlikely to extend Rose's stay and will give him the chance to go back and prove himself to QPR's new head coach, Paulo Sousa" Cambridge Newsonline

Birthday for John Burridge, turning 57.
Born December 3, 1951. Signed by Terry Venables in 1980..Sold in 1982. Replaced at QPR by Peter Hucker - Burridge/Profile & Burridge Stats

QPR Coaches in Bahrein-
The Gulf Weekly - Stan Szecowka - Stars of the future

TOUGH tackling Bahraini youngsters have impressed a team of coaches from Queens Park Rangers on a Gulf Air-sponsored football-in-the-community mission.
The English Championship side, whose shirts are sponsored by the national carrier, held a series of training sessions for soccer mad schoolchildren this week at Isa Town.
Danny Edwards, 23, QPR community football coach, said: "The youngsters are very enthusiastic. I've been impressed with their attitude and they certainly don't appear to feel the pain when it comes to tackling!"
Amongst the senior coaches from the west London-based outfit were QPR's Andy Evans, community scheme manager, and Martino Chevannes, who used to play professionally in Portugal and Cyprus.
They were joined by Amy Murphy, 21, women's and girl's football co-ordinator at the club, who is a creative midfield star in QPR's league-topping Ladies Team, who are currently playing in the SW Combination League and are just one step away from the English Premiership, which features the likes of Arsenal and the Doncaster Belles.
She hopes to return to Bahrain shortly with her high-flying team-mates for a match against the kingdom's impressive ladies national team.
Scores of Bahraini and expat children joined in the training sessions for junior players. Little Irish wizard Alex Egan, five, a pupil at St Christopher's School, said: "It was great - QPR really are the Super Hoops!"
Back in England, the senior side are struggling to mount a serious bid for promotion to the Premiership and this season may be a time for consolidation under new coach Paulo Sousa.
QPR had to settle for a point in the all-London clash at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace.
Palace went close through both Paul Ifill and Craig Beattie but were frustrated by Rangers. Heidar Helguson, however, making his on-loan debut for QPR from Bolton, rolled an effort wide with the goal gaping.
Sousa said: "I am proud of the side because we have changed our ideas and way of playing in just a few training sessions and that is difficult to do.
"We have made a big jump and we are in a good way. I hope in the next game that we can go one better and win the match.
"The team is growing and developing. In the future, I hope we will be better and have more quality in games like this. I am sure about that." Gulf Weekly

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