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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Axed by QPR. Appointed by Swansea - Sousa and Oliveria....QPR Announce Home Friendly Against.....Southampton!

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Planet Swans/Sousa Appointed. Brings in Oliveria« Thread Started Today at 9:00am »
Planet Swans/Lisa Higgins - Sousa Officially Unveiled By Swansea
- Swansea City have unveiled new manager Paulo Sousa this afternoon after the 36 year old signed a three year deal with the club last night.
- Speaking about the foundations that former boss Roberto Martinez left the club in, the Portuguese tactician wants to continue the Spaniards work and be a success at Swansea as he told the BBC, “ I dont have doubt to continue his work to get the right success for the club and believe in my knowledge and what I can for the club.I agreed from the beginning, the philosophy is the same like I have it and we have it very clear to archive our success .”
- Sousa has also brought with him former QPR assistant boss Bruno Oliveria. Planet Swans

Flashback re :
QPR Official Site - April 6, 2009 - OLIVEIRA DEPARTS
- Queens Park Rangers Football Club can confirm Bruno Oliveira has had his contract terminated with immediate effect. - Bruno joined the Club in November 2008 as part of Paulo Sousa's backroom staff. - The Club will be making no further comment at this stage. QPR

What was Said Back in November, 2008
- The Club are pleased to announce that Bruno Oliveira has joined Paulo Sousa's backroom staff.
- The 30 year-old (pictured, right) has been named as Assistant Coach, complimenting Gareth Ainsworth and David Rouse, who have retained their positions under the new structure.
- John Harbin will also continue in his role as Performance Manager, but, as revealed earlier today (Thursday), Tim Flowers has left the Club with immediate effect.
- Sousa told www.qpr.co.uk: "Bruno has great knowledge of the game and we have both been working towards this moment for a number of years.
- "He is a great student of the game, has some fantastic, unique ideas and will be a valuable addition to the impressive team we have in place." QPR Official Site

BBC - Swansea unveil new manager Sousa

Paulo Sousa spent five difficult months at Queens Park Rangers
Paulo Sousa has been unveiled as Swansea City's new boss.

The two-time Champions League winner flew back to Wales on Monday after discussing the situation with his family in his native Portugal.

The former Queens Park Rangers manager signed a three-year deal to become Roberto Martinez's successor at the Liberty Stadium.

Sousa is expected to name a fellow Portuguese, a Spaniard and an Australian in his backroom team.

The 38-year-old is Swansea's 12th manager in 14 years after verbally accepting the job last Thursday.

The 51-times capped Portugal international has been out of work since April after his controversial departure from QPR following just five months and 26 games in charge at Loftus Road.

The midfielder, who graduated through the Benfica academy, played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe including Sporting Lisbon, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Parma.

He was in the Juventus team that beat Dutch giants Ajax on penalties in Rome in 1996 before moving to Germany and winning the trophy with Borussia Dortmund who beat his old club Juventus in Munich.

Sousa's coaching break came on the international stage as he took charge of Portugal's under-15 team before being appointed assistant to Portugal's first-team coach Carlos Queiroz in 2008.

Sousa's first managerial job was as boss of Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers but parted company when the club claimed he divulged sensitive information.

He beat off competition from former Tottenham assistant manager Gus Poyet, former Wales captain and Sheffield United player coach Gary Speed and ex-Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd.

Sousa is bringing in his own backroom team after Martinez took all his managerial staff with him to Wigan Athletic.

Swans physiotherpist Richie Evans has joined Martinez at the Premier League club, ending a 10-year stay at Swansea, and follows assistant Graeme Jones, chief scout Kevin Reeves, goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara and masseur Oscar Brau to the JJB Stadium. BBC

QPR Official Site - SAINTS MARCH IN TO W12
- Old friends will be reunited when the Super Hoops welcome Southampton to Loftus Road for the R's final pre-season friendly on Saturday 1st August, kick off 3.00pm.
- Gaffer Jim Magilton and assistant boss John Gorman both enjoyed fruitful spells with the Saints during their careers and the latter welcomed the news of the friendly date in W12.
- "It's a great final fixture for us - against a Club that means so much to both myself and Jim," he told www.qpr.co.uk.
- "Southampton are a Club very close to my heart and it hurts me to see where they are now, especially with their current financial problems.
- "I'm really happy with the fixtures we've got on English soil and I can't wait to see the R's fans come out in force for our final pre-season fixture."
- And the news just gets better and better for R's supporters, who will be able to come and watch the Super Hoops in action at amazing discounted prices.
- Tickets are priced at £15 adults, £10 concessions (seniors and 16-21 year-olds) and £5 under-16's - but all Season Ticket holders and Members will be entitled to a £5 discount if they book tickets in advance!
- Ten loyalty points will also be awarded for this fixture, so R's fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.
- The fixture will also serve as a dummy-run for the Club, with the recently installed Access Control system being tested for the final time prior to the big kick-off against Blackpool seven days later.
- Operations Manager, Steve Pike, told www.qpr.co.uk: "It was of paramount importance that we organised a home friendly prior to the start of the season, as it will provide a valuable trial run ahead of the first league fixture against Blackpool.
- "The installation of Access Control over the summer months was a huge step in the right direction for us in terms of enhancing the matchday experience on offer to supporters and I am sure the fans will join us in embracing the new technology we're putting in place here.
- "The fans are an integral part of the Football Club and this new venture with Ticketmaster will certainly improve the experience they enjoy on a matchday at Loftus Road."
- *Supporters wishing to organise hospitality for this friendly should contact Julie Newman on 020 8740 2588.


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