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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Magilton for QPR?...A Critical View of Briatore's QPR...QPR Help Charity

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- Year Flashback: Iain Dowie Talking About QPR (and Making Sense!)
- Five Years Ago: QPR's Promotion Victory Parade
- Half-a Year Ago: Paulo Sousa Appointed to be in Charge of QPR
- re a Tappa/QPR Rumour: What Tappa Said a Few Weeks ago re QPR and Managing

Daily Mail - EXCLUSIVE: QPR turn to axed Magilton as ex-Spurs star Calderwood loses out
- Jim Magilton is in line to make a quick return to management with QPR.
- Magilton, who was sacked by Ipswich last month, is due to have talks with the club today (Tuesday) and is expected to be given the nod over Colin Calderwood.
Former Tottenham and Scotland defender Calderwood, who is on the coaching staff at Newcastle, met with Rangers owner Flavio Briatore but Magilton is believed to be the Italian's first choice. Daily Mail

Daily Mail -Calderwood and Magilton in the running to take over at QPR
- Colin Calderwood is on the short list to take the vacant manager’s job at QPR.
The former Nottingham Forest boss is believed to be fighting it out with
sacked Ipswich manager Jim Magilton to succeed Paulo Sousa at Loftus Road. Daily Mail

Daily Mail/Simon Jones - Warning: This job could damage your future, Jim
- Jim Magilton is primed for a swift return to football with one of the most precarious jobs in Britain - manager of Queens Park Rangers.
- The richest club in the world have never been far from the headlines since the flamboyant Flavio Briatore completed his takeover in November 2007, and amiable Irishman Magilton, 40, will be well aware the job should carry a health warning.
- Briatore, who co-owns the club with Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone and multibillionaire Lakshmi Mittal, has had three managers during his short tenure and their average shelf life is around seven months.
- Magilton, sacked by fellow Championship club Ipswich less than a month ago, seems blind to the danger signs.
- Luigi de Canio lasted seven months before returning to Italy; Magilton's friend, Iain Dowie, was sacked after 15 games; then former European Cup winner Paulo Sousa left after six months - days after complaining that striker Dexter Blackstock had been loaned to Nottingham Forest without his say-so and amid accusations that Briatore was interfering too much.
- Sousa has still to resolve his controversial departure from Loftus Road.
= Although young and ambitious, Magilton, sadly, will not cut a dash with frustrated Rangers supporters who have yearned for a big-name appointment.
- Roberto Mancini, Sven Goran Eriksson and Darren Ferguson have been mentioned in the past. Indeed, the fans believe that while there is no doubt Briatore has brought glamour back to one of London's finest clubs, most of it sits in the main stand among his match-day entourage.
- Briatore's bold takeover boast that he hoped to be competing in the Champions League within four years rings hollow at the moment.
- Rises in ticket prices, perceived lack of investment in players and a series of leaks revealing an alleged heavy-handed management style have failed to endear the Italian businessman to disgruntled fans, who expected much more of their wealthy owners.
- Ipswich sacked Magilton believing he had failed in his task to achieve promotion on the back of substantial investment for a Championship club. They have since turned to Roy Keane, himself linked to QPR at one stage.
- Magilton recognises the opportunity. Attractive football has always been the domain of a midfield maestro schooled at Liverpool in the Kenny Dalglish years.
- If he can combine that with a concerted push for promotion then he will have Briatore right behind him. Maybe he will prefer that to being in front of him. Daily Mail

QPR Official Site - 92 CLUBS IN 92 HOURS
- A group of football-mad supporters, including QPR nut Stephen Howe, begin a 92 hour journey into the unknown on Wednesday evening.
- Howe, along with fellow Rangers fans Anthony Crick and Paul Martin, as well as Liverpool supporter Dean Evans, will visit all 92 Premier League and Football League Clubs in a 92 hour journey, covering some 2,450 miles.
- In association with General Motors and www.cowpr.com, the quartet will begin their quest at 9.00pm at Watford's Vicarage Road ground tomorrow (Wednesday) night.
- The big question is why?
- Well, the quartet will be raising money for Cancer Research UK, a charity very close to Howe's heart, following the loss of his mother Brenda, to the disease in 2002.
- Howe told www.qpr.co.uk: "I wanted to raise money for Cancer Research just for the fact that I know what a fantastic job they all do and also because I lost my mother to cancer and I know how badly it can affect people.
- "If I can say that I did my bit to help the cause, then I will be happy. I would just love that bit to be a big wad of cash by raising as much as possible."
- Loftus Road will be the thirteenth Club the quartet visit, with an estimated arrival time of 03.08am on Thursday morning!
- All 92 Clubs have been approached to donate something to the cause, big or small, with the signed shirts, footballs etc, due to be auctioned at a Charity Event later this year.
- To find out more about the '92 Clubs in 92 hours' fundraising trip, click here.
- To- make a donation to Cancer Research UK, click here. [Cancer Research]
Good Luck Lads! QPR

- See 92clubs92hours Website
92 clubs 92 Hours - Tuesday, 19 May 2009
"A massive thanks to Scott Jones for his generosity in donating an Official signed QPR ball by the 2008/09 squad. Just another great sign of support to the cause, which is now building up speed as we fast approach the start on Wednesday 20th May 2009 at 9pm @ Watford FC."
Official Signed QPR ball from 2008/09 Squad donated to "92 Clubs...92 Hours"

92 Clubs...92 Hours" featured on QPR's website.
"92 clubs...92 hours...2,450 miles" has today featured on the official QPR FC website providing the fundraiser with fantastic coverage. Thanks to Ian Taylor at QPR and also Scott Jones (Paul's cousin) for initiating it. From the whole team....Much appreciated gents, top job !

Photos from QPR PhotoShoot

Whilst carrying out the fundraiser, I will try and update the blog as often as possible to give our sponsors and donators an up to date picture of where we are.
The fundraiser kicks off on 2oth May 2009, and here is the clubs we are visiting, and their order.... 92hours92clubs

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