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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Assessment of Magilton's Rangers and Magilton on Giving Youth a Chanc....Buzsaky Looks Back and Forward...Player Praises Magilton

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- Jim Magilton says he would like to give QPR's youngsters a chance to establish themselves in the first team.
-The former Ipswich manager, who recently took over at Loftus Road, said: "I believe in bringing young players through.
- "We tried to do it at Ipswich and I'll do the same here whenever possible.
- "In terms of young players, all I can say is that if any youngster is good enough he will definitely get a chance while I'm manager. That's for sure."
- Rangers' Flavio Briatore-led board favoured a continental-style approach following their takeover two years ago.
-Coaches such as Paulo Sousa and Luigi De Canio had limited influence during their brief spells at Loftus Road.
- But Magilton has been installed as manager with overall responsibility for several areas of the club, including identifying transfer targets.
- Everyone rushes around at this time of year and I just look at the squad we have and think 'why panic?'
QPR assistant boss John Gorman
- Magilton said: "Ultimately, managers are judged by results on the pitch. But I'll look at every aspect of the club; scouting, youth development - all of it.
- "As for the players already in the squad, I already know they're good players. I've a group of lads here that I believe are more than capable. I'm confident about that."
- Former England assistant boss John Gorman, who worked alongside Magilton at Ipswich, will be his right-hand man at QPR.
- The west London outfit have had seven managers in three-and-a-half years and five since Briatore took over.
- But Gorman told BBC Sport: "Every club has its up and downs.
- "The people who run this club have given me and Jim their full backing and I'm hopeful we'll do well and be here a long time."
- And Gorman insists Rangers do not need to rush into the transfer market ahead of the new season.
- The Scot said: "Everyone rushes around at this time of year and I just look at the squad we have and think 'why panic?'
- "Our first priority is to work with the players that are already here - and there are some really good players. Then, when the dust settles, perhaps we can have a better look at things and add one or two.
- "You've got quality players coming back from injury. Things are going well for Martin Rowlands and Akos Buzsaky, plus you've got Heidar Helguson too.
- "It's going to be like having new signings when those players are fully fit. It'll be a real boost for us.
- "So we'll have a look at the players here and then further down the line, or if perhaps someone leaves, we'll see what we need." BBC

Dave McIntyre/BBC 606 - Enthusiasm is a must
- Enthusiasm alone won’t be enough for a manager to succeed anywhere, but at QPR it’s particularly important.
- My concern about some of the other men linked with Rangers before Jim Magilton got the job was that although they were capable managers, they seemed like tired ones – and the last thing QPR need is a tired manager.
- The reason for this is that there’s so much to be done.
- Beneath the hot air generated by Rangers and despite them having some very good Championship players, a complete revamp is required.
- Saying this a year or two ago was usually met with derision given the hype surrounding the takeover and image of QPR as a club going places.
- But some of Rangers’ shortcomings have since been well documented enough for that perception to change.
- It is still a troubled club starting from a very low point after a decade of serious problems.
- The team is more than capable by Championship standards, it's the club as a whole that needs to improve and yet another glut of signings won't change that.
- And a mere first-team coach, no matter how talented, was never going to be able to take Rangers beyond a certain point – no matter how much money was splashed out on players.
- It will be at least a few months before we know whether Magilton and John Gorman are the right men to take the club forward.
- But they at least tick that vital box of having energy and enthusiasm for the job, which certainly came across when I spoke to them both on Tuesday.
- They’ll need that enthusiasm – and frankly their sense of humour too – in the weeks and months ahead, because they face a major job.
- Magilton, like many managers, would like to give youngsters a chance and improve the club’s infrastructure but is well aware that ultimately results are everything and a good start to the season is important.
- Like Paulo Sousa before them, Magilton and Gorman are not looking to make major changes.
- They see the return to full fitness of Akos Buzsaky, Martin Rowlands, Rowan Vine and Heidar Helguson as being more important than signing new players.
- All have proven quality at Championship level and would be major assets if they find their best form.
- The sale of Dexter Blackstock – a possibility prior to Magilton’s appointment – could make a new signing necessary.
- But apart from that, there will be no urgent rush into the transfer market. BBC 606

London Informer - Akos Buzsaky: 'underperforming players' got last two QPR managers the boot
- AKOS Buzsaky believes an 'underperforming' QPR team was responsible for getting the last two managers sacked.
- But the Hungarian international is also sure the squad will have learned from their mistakes under the short regimes of Iain Dowie and Paulo Sousa, and reckons a punt on Rs next season will pay dividends.
- Buzsaky also believes his injury woe is over after making just one start in a Hoops shirt last season.
- An ankle injury was followed by a knee problem, but the midfielder is already in training for the start of pre-season on July 1.
- He said: "I don't want to talk about the new man [Jim Magilton].
- "I have no idea what he's like as a man or a coach - although I know when I've played against his teams they always pass the ball well. I don't want to talk about the last two managers either. The past is the past, but it's easier to sack a manager than 15 players - that's football.
- "There were times last season when we underperformed - and should have done better."
- Despite almost losing a year of football, the 27-year-old is sure he's still on track to play in the Premiership.
- He added: "I'm not old, and as long as we are focused we can get into the play-offs. Should you have a bet on us? Absolutely London Informer

Ealing Gazette/London Informer - Yann Tear - Rhodes predicts exciting future under new QPR bossesJun 17- QPR will be in good hands with Jim Magilton and John Gorman at the helm, according to a player familiar with the way they worked together at Ipswich Town.
- Jordan Rhodes, who played on loan at Brentford last season, is convinced Rangers have made a good choice and predicts some thrilling football at Loftus Road next season.
- He also says that contrary to what outsiders might think, no-nonsense Ulsterman Magilton is far from being a scary, two-dimensional boss.
- Rhodes might have been excused for painting a less flattering picture, having never started a game for the ex-Ipswich boss and being farmed out to the Bees, but there is no suggestion that it has coloured his views.
- "I think Rangers have made a great appointment and Jim Magilton proved when he was given money to spend that he can identify very good players," Rhodes said.
- "He knows how to play football in the right way and I think he'll get QPR playing attractive football and will get the fans going again.
- "There should be goals and some 3-2s or 4-3s because he's the type of manager who likes attacking football and likes players to express themselves. He's not one for hanging on for a 1-0 victory with 20 minutes to go."
- If Magilton is thought of as a bullying sort - with Gorman the moderating voice on the training ground - Rhodes is eager to shatter the stereotype.
- He said: "It may be that he comes across as a bit frightening at first but that soon goes. He is a bright, bubbly man and always comes into training with a smile on his face. He also comes up with different things in training and it was never a chore working for him. He loves a laugh and a joke.
- "But there was also a work ethic and a never-say-die attitude at the club, which will work for QPR. They kept their belief in reaching the play-offs until the very end last season."
- Rhodes, who describes Gorman as 'a terrific guy', says of the new Rangers assistant's relationship to Magilton: "They seem to work very well together and although Jim is more fiery, John gets his points quietly across and they bounce ideas off each other.
- "But the thing that impresses me most is that Jim takes you to one side with little observations about your game.
- "It might be about your first touch or your passing - things you might not have noticed yourself - but it's small details like that which add up to a good team." Ealing Gazette

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