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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Brian Glanville on QPR's Owners and Managers

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- Even Stronger Ainsworth Praise for Sousa

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- WHO would envy Jim Magilton, newly made manager of Queens Park Rangers? One fervently hopes that he will last longer than his predecessors. My own view was that a couple of seasons back Italian Luigi Di Canio was doing a decent job of reviving a then struggling team, but he didn't stay and perhaps he wanted to return to Italy.
- Next up, Ian Dowie which seemed an odd appointment, given his recent ups and downs. Walking away from Crystal Palace asserting he needed to join his family up in the North, then joining next door Charlton Athletic where he lasted little time as indeed he did at Coventry. He wasn't very long at Shepherds Bush either, where Flavio Briatore, an F1 figure known also for his prowess in the fashion field, hardly, as chairman, stays in the background.
- In next came Paulo Sousa, once such a star for Portugal, with to be fair no more than modest results. The revolving door spun again when he was accused of unacceptable behaviour, allegedly because he had revealed that the loan of his striker Blackstock to Nottingham Forest was against his wishes. It hardly seemed a cardinal crime. Now here's Magilton, once an effective Northern Ireland midfielder, not long since jettisoned by Ipswich Town, “guilty,” it seemed of not getting them back into the Premier League.
- How long will he last? And when will QPR begin to splash out the big money – Mittal, Ecclestone – which is presumed to be behind them? World Soccer

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