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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Gorman: No Rush to Spend....Ostensible Newcastle Interest in Three QPR Players

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- NEW assistant manager John Gorman insists QPR do not need to rush into the transfer market ahead of the new season.
- Rangers' protracted appointment of a manager has left them playing catch-up in the search for players.
- New boss Jim Magilton and Gorman, who has been installed as his assistant, took the reins after most clubs have their summer signings in the bag - or at least close to it.
- But Gorman said: "It is a disadvantage in one sense, although in another sense it can be an advantage.
- "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."
- The new management team are primarily focused on the return of Akos Buzsaky and Martin Rowlands from long-term injuries.
- Both players were badly missed last season, along with Rowan Vine who returned from a broken leg towards the end of the campaign.
- It is also hoped that striker Heidar Helguson, whose fitness was a concern last season, can now be nursed back to his best.
- Former coach Paulo Sousa felt the return of key players would be more important for Rangers than the arrival of new ones, and Gorman clearly feels the same way.
- "You've got quality players coming back from injury," said the Scot. "Things are going well for Rowlands and 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."
- Gorman, 59, brings a wealth of experience to Loftus Road.
- Best known for being Glenn Hoddle's right-hand man when he was England manager in the late 1990s, Gorman has also worked as assistant boss at Tottenham under Hoddle.
- He has had the top job plenty of times too, having managed Swindon, Northampton and Wycombe as well as having a spell as chief scout at Southampton.
- And he is unperturbed by the previous troubles at Rangers, where Magilton is the seventh manager to occupy the Loftus Road hot-seat in just three-and-a-half years.
- "Every club has its up and downs," said Gorman.
- "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.
Kilburn Times

Ealing Gazette/Paul Warbutron - Newcastle prepare to swoop on QPR players
- NEWCASTLE are preparing a £6 million swoop for THREE QPR players.
- The fallen Premiership giants want defenders Fitz Hall and Damien Delaney – and are also ready to hijack Dexter Blackstock’s proposed move to Nottingham Forest.
- The Magpies believe the trio will boost their chances of getting back to the top flight at the first time of asking – and are ready to broker a deal once they offload £30m-worth of wages currently picked up by a failing squad.
- However, Newcastle will be challenging Rs’ own ambitions next season, and have been told it would take a ‘mega-bucks’ deal before the two clubs even get around a table.
- "You can imagine selling players to our rivals," said a source, "that’s not the way to get promotion. But money always speaks in football – and it depends on how much Newcastle really want them."
- Blackstock was on his way to Forest – but your favourite local paper can reveal no formal offer has been lodged by the east Midlanders, leaving the way open for Newcastle to come in at the 11th hour.
- Delaney is wanted by Roy Keane at Ipswich as well – but new Rs boss Jim Magilton is reluctant to sell the Irish international to the club that sacked him in April.
- And to prove those in Hoops won admirers despite failing to get into the play-offs of a season punctuated by three managers – West Bromwich Albion are eyeing Matt Connolly.
- The central defender switched to left-back and did a good job keeping Delaney out towards the end of the season.
- But once again, Rs would be reluctant sellers.
- A source said: "Everyone has said the current squad is good enough – and this interest proves it." Ealing Gazette

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