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Thursday, May 28, 2009

No Longer at QPR....Snippets....Holloway on Ian Evatt and His QPR Signing...Mark Lazarus Recalled...Vine on Last and Next Season

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No Longer at QPR: Youth Team Manager, Steve Brown
There has, at least as of now, been no Official QPR announcement on its news page, regarding the departure of Youth Team Coach Steve Brown; the Updated QPR Staff Directory no longer lists Brown as being with the club. The sole youth representative listed is: "Center of Excellence Manager Keith Ryan,". QPR

[- Note: There were reports in February that Brown had been axed, but until now, Brown had continued to be listed on the QPR Staff Director.]

- The draw for the First Round of the Carling Cup will be made June 16.

Blackpool Gazette/Steve Canavan - Holloway hails 'fantastic' Evatt
- IAN Holloway has described Ian Evatt as "a wonderful lad" – though admits he made a mistake with him earlier in his management career.
- In his autobiography, Ollie, Holloway described an incident at QPR when he went on holiday for a week – and returned to find the chairman had signed Evatt for £150,000.
- The centre half, then at Chesterfield, had been on a list of possible targets but Holloway was angry that he had been brought in while he was away.
- But although it's a story which features in his book, published in 2007, Holloway says it doesn't mean there is any bad feeling between the pair.
- He says Evatt will almost certainly play a key part in his Blackpool team, though adds that the defender will of course have to earn the right to feature.
- "There are no problems between me and Ian – he is a fantastic lad," said Holloway.
- "He has done fantastically for Blackpool and I can't wait to work with him again. But Ian knows the way I am with players.
- "What I said to Ian back in our days at QPR together was that it was a mistake for the chairman to run off and get him because he was on our list and we were going to talk about him.
- "I said to the owner (Gianni Paladini) I'm going on holiday for a week, a little break. Two days later he's on the phone shouting that he's got Ian Evatt.
- "I just thought 'what is going on?' We had signed him without even giving the player a medical and you can't run a football club like that.
- "So I said to Ian 'hang on a minute this is what happened'.
- "In hindsight, if I could go back, I wouldn't have told Ian that. He didn't need to know that.
- "It was my frustration with the board and I didn't need to be that upfront with him.
- "I think it affected the kid. But at the time the defence wasn't my top priority.
- "I had Clarke Carlisle and Danny Shittu and what I was looking to do was buy a striker to add to the ones I already had. I think that QPR team would have done something if we had done that.
- "So I wanted to get that right and unfortunately Ian was caught in that drama."
- Holloway insists Evatt will be a big part of the team he intends to build at Bloomfield Road and he is even considering a style of play to suit the defender's game.
- "My ideas on how to defend and where I'm going to draw my line now in the Championship are a lot different from what they were," added Holloway.
- "I want us to go a few yards deeper and that suits big Ian. He can head it out and he can play there. I want to play football and he can do that.
- "I think he will be excited by what I'm talking about, although he'll have to earn his right in the team like everyone else."Blackpool Gazette

Mark Lazarus Recalled
When Saturday Comes - The Weekly Howl - Stickipedia A mine of information constructed from sticker cards
- Lazarus and Morrisey - - Mark Lazarus, Orient Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1970-71 & Johnny Morrissey, Everton Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1968-69
- It's very rare that a team's toughest player is a winger. But that was the case at Everton during Johnny Morrissey's heyday and at each of the five clubs to have employed Mark Lazarus.....
- Mark Lazarus was born in east London to a family that had produced a couple of professional boxers. He had fought as an amateur himself and was once sent off while with QPR for laying out an opposing full-back. Lazarus had three separate spells at QPR with whom he experienced his best career moment – scoring the decisive goal in the 1967 League final as Rangers came back from two down to beat West Brom 3-2. He was in the Crystal Palace side that won promotion to Division One in 1969 but left them that summer for Orient, retiring in 1971 after which he ran Lazarus Removals in Romford and a steam baths in Canning Town. Boxing connections led to another of his post-football jobs, when he was employed as a minder for the stable of snooker players managed by fight promoter, and current Orient chairman, Barry Hearn. - When Saturday Comes

Football Fanzine Awards - The Winners 2009: Congratulations - AKUTRS
"....Best Football League Print Fanzine – ‘A Kick Up The R’s’ – QPR FC
The QPR fanzine takes an Award for the second year running. With excellent design, creative covers and terrific content AKUTR’s is a labour of love and a great read for any QPR fan. The fledgling website launched this year could be one to watch for the future.
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Rowan Vine on QPR's Season and Prospects - QPR Official Site
- Rowan Vine insists it's time for the talking to stop and for the players to produce the goods next season.
- Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Vine - who is already working on a personal fitness programme ahead of the new campaign - is determined to start the new season with a bang come early August.
- "We've been saying big things are going to happen here for long enough, now it's time for us to do it," he said.
- "Last season was a disappointment in my eyes. You can point to the fact that we finished higher than we did the previous year, but I still don't think that's good enough."
- Vine added: "We lacked consistency last season. We had a patch where we did well, but we drew too many games, and that cost us.
- "Our play-off hopes were dashed by the games when we only took a point from when we were winning. That happened too often."
- Yet despite describing the campaign as a 'failure,' the former Birmingham City goal-getter believes the R's are amongst a cluster of Clubs in with a fighting chance of promotion next season.
- "The difference between the squads in this division isn't great. When you look at the teams that went up, and the ones that just missed out, there isn't that much between them.
- "We need to have the character to go on an unbeaten run. Too many times we were found wanting last season.
- "Next season we've got to have a big go at it, and if we fail to finish in that top six, then it would be a massive disaster."
- Vine believes fan-power will again play a part next season, adding: "The importance of the fans cannot be underestimated. They've been brilliant since I have been here.
- "We'll be trying to give the fans something to cheer about next season." QPR Official Site

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