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Friday, April 10, 2009

Sousa to Fight QPR for Pay-Off...Dennis Wise Early Betting Favourite to Succeed Sousa

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Mirror/Alan Nixon - QPR sack manager Paulo Sousa for leaking information
- Paulo Sousa is ready to fight QPR for a pay-off - after being sacked last night following a row over leaks about the club's affairs.
- The Portuguese coach was axed in a letter to his home yesterday following weeks of speculation about his future.
- Sousa was questioned by club bosses about claims he had told supporters about trouble behindthe-scenes in the past few weeks.
- The former Juventus and Borussia Dortmund star strenuously denied those allegations and was stunned by the sacking - although he was aware Rangers were going to bring in a new man above him for next season.
- A sources close to Sousa said: "Paulo is a very dignified man and a professional. He would not go round telling tales about club affairs to fans." Rangers will promote Gareth Ainsworth to the role of boss for now.. Daily Mirror

Daily Mail/"HatchetMan" Perspective - Same old storyline at QPR as Sousa becomes the latest to star in a brief encounter
- So Paulo Sousa has been axed by QPR after just 26 games. No-one saw that coming did they?
- The fact that it came about after alleged leaks gives the departure an unexpected twist but the manager's job at the club remains a short-term deal under the current ownership.
- The club have now gone through five managers since Flavio Briatore and co took the reins. Who would want to take that job now?
- The qualifications for the role seem to be as much to do with putting up with the alleged meddling of the owners and having a good lawyer to ensure a lucrative exit when it inevitably comes before the contract expires as anything to do with the sport.
- Briatore, Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal, the key QPR investors, have become the Axemen of the Championship and Loftus Road is set to remain a bloody and painful place for some time.
- It will probably stay like that until they move on, in fact, and when big money moves out of a club after such disjointed management, the sequel of the current production could well be Apocalypse Now. Daily Mail

Betting Zone - WISE THE 5/1 CHOICE
- Wise - heads the early betting for QPR post
Bookies Victor Chandler have opened their book on the next QPR manager and they make Dennis Wise the tentative 5/1 favourite.
- The firm readily admit that due the circumstances surrounding the club at the moment it has been very difficult to price up.
- "QPR seems a pretty complex club at the moment, and it is difficult to see who'll want to take up the position," said VC spokesman Dave Jenkins.
- "They have the financial clout to get a top name in, but that would mean another big ego in the mix, and that would be unlikely to work.
- "It's a tremendous club, which should appeal to a large number of managers, but there seems to be too much going on behind the scenes. At this stage it really is a very difficult appointment to call."

- Paul Ince is the second favourite at 7/1, with the current caretaker manager Gareth Ainsworth in at 10/1 Betting Zone

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