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As noted yesterday: Gareth Ainsworth No Longer Listed on QPR Staff Directory

QPR Holdings Limited Chairman - Flavio Briatore
QPR Holdings Limited Vice-Chairman - Amit Bhatia
Sporting Director - Gianni Paladini
Managing Director - Alejandro Agag
Deputy Managing Director - Ali Russell
Stadium Director - John MacDonald
Finance Director - Gavin Taylor

First Team Staff
First Team Manager - Jim Magilton
Performance Manager - John Harbin
Coach - David Rouse
Kit Man - Gary Doyle
Physiotherapist - Paul Hunter
Assistant Physiotherapist - Shane Annun

Centre of Excellence Manager - Keith Ryan QPR
- Discussion - Ainsworth No Longer Listed on Staff Directory

- New R's boss Jim Magilton insists he is as desperate for success as the loyal QPR fan-base.
- Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, the 40 year-old - who was appointed into the managerial hot-seat on Wednesday lunchtime - outlined his blueprint for next season.
- "Myself, Mr Briatore, Mr Ecclestone, Mr Mittal and Mr Bhatia are all of the same opinion - we want to go places.
- "We are an ambitious group and we share the supporters' desperation for success.
- "If we all stick together, which is very, very important, we'll be fine. Of course, there'll be up's and down's along the way, but if we show that winning mentality, success will surely follow.
- "I think it's important that we bring that winning mentality into the Club, starting now."
- Magilton added: "We've got to go out there and produce the goods next season.
- "There's always pressure on you as a player, as there is as a Manager. QPR is something of a scalp nowadays and we have to deal with that.
- "My job is to allay fear and get the players going. Certainly if we can do that, we will improve on eleventh." QPR

Londonist - QPR And Chelsea: A Tale Of Two Football Teams
Two cash-rich, patience-poor west London football clubs unveiled their sixth managers in as many years this week. Yet the new appointments at Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers couldn't be more divergent: while the Blues' Carlo Ancelotti brings continental class, a stackload of trophies and AC Milan on his CV, the Hoops' new boss, Jim Magilton, boasts a middling playing career, a decent stab of things as Ipswich boss, and not a great deal more.

While Chelsea fans may regard an FA-Cup winning season as a disappointment, QPR fans have had nothing like the success promised to them. Upon Roman Abramovich's purchase of Chelsea in July 2003, it took the Blues less than two years to win the Premier League crown. This August will mark the two-year anniversary of QPR's buyout by a group including Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore (later joined by Lakshmi Mittal), which at the time made the club the richest in the world. Yet that wealth hasn't yet been displayed in the transfer market, and such frugality, combined with a haphazard approach to the club's coaching structure -- including caretaker managers, the club has chopped through eight bosses in the past three years -- has resulted in two seasons of mid-table obsolescence in the Championship.

Comparisons with Chelsea's success may be widely off the mark, yet in the 1990s Fulham were the subject of a similar buyout from a foreign personality. Muhammad al-Fayad bought the club in 1997, and by the close of the 2000-2001 season his team had clawed their way from the old Second Division (the third tier of English football) into the Premier League, amassing points records and plaudits along the way. Yet that achievement took a lot of money, alongside the tactical wizardry of one Kevin Keegan (don't laugh -- he got the England job based on his work at Craven Cottage). As discussed, the group propping up QPR's coffers seem ill-disposed to shovelling cash into the club, and Jim Magilton's managerial record thus far leaves little to be excited about. Chairman Briatore's description of the former Northern Ireland international as the "stand-out candidate" reflects the paucity of qualified candidates willing to get involved with a parsimonious club that so readily defenestrates failing managers.

Magilton's task is tough: take the Hoops back to the Premier League for the first time since 1996, in a season when the Championship will be dominated by three relegated clubs eager and capable to jump back up at the first opportunity. A difficult job that will only be made easier with funds to invest in a weak squad. That Magilton has been appointed at the start of summer, with three months of wheeling and dealing in the transfer market to go, augers well for the club's long-suffering fans. Londonist

East Anglia Daily Times
Jim wants Walters and Norris at QPR

Last updated: 6/4/2009 9:35:00 AM

JIM Magilton starts works as the new QPR boss today and will look to make Jon Walters and David Norris his first two signings.

The former Ipswich Town manager, who was sacked after failing to take the Blues to the play-offs during his three years in charge, became the fifth manager appointed by co-owner and chairman Flavio Briatore.

Magilton was handed a two-year contract at Loftus Road by Briatore and is expected to name his new assistant manager, understood to be John Gorman, this week.

He immediately pin-pointed the players he wants to bring in to improve on Rangers' 11th-placed finish from last season.

Magilton said: “There is a very strong group here and with one or two additions we can expect to be in a position to drastically improve upon last season."

“The board are highly ambitious, but they are very realistic at the same time. I have huge ambitions to achieve as a manager though, and our aim is to keep progressing, year after year."

Magilton signed Norris from Plymouth and Walters from Chester City and sources close to the Irishman claim he wants both with him at Loftus Road.

He is also keen to sign Paul McShane from Sunderland, after missing out on him when he was the Town boss when the defender chose West Brom instead of Ipswich.

Magilton will be expected to take the Hoops into the play-offs and succeed where John Gregory, Luigi De Canio, Iain Dowie and Paulo Sousa, have all failed since Briatore took over in October 2007.

Briatore has also appointed Mick Harford and Gareth Ainsworth, twice, as caretaker-managers and with fellow investors Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal at the club's disposal, Magilton will be expected to mount a swift challenge.

While QPR fans were expecting a bigger name appointment Briatore was impressd with Magilton during his four interviews.

The Italian said: “We had an incredibly high number of applicants, but Jim was the stand-out candidate for the role.

“We (the board) sat down with him on four separate occasions over the last month to discuss our goals and ambitions and he has really impressed with his knowledge, understanding and passion for football.

“He did a very good job at Ipswich Town, playing some fine, attacking football, and he has great ambition to achieve in this next chapter of his managerial career. We are all really looking forward to working with him.” East Anglia Daily Times

Bradley Allen/BBC - Magilton 'must be quick starter'
- Former Queens Park Rangers striker Bradley Allen has warned new manager Jim Magilton that he must hit the ground running at Loftus Road.
- Magilton became the fifth permanent manager appointed since the arrival of Flavio Briatore as owner in 2007.
- Allen told BBC London 94.9: "It's a big job at Queens Park Rangers. These new owners want success, instant success.
- "How long he's going to be given to move Rangers towards those play-offs is going to be interesting."
- Allen, who played for QPR between 1988 and 1996, added: "It's a very, very tough league - the Championship. If they can get off to a good start and make Loftus Road a real fortress, which is going to be important, you never know.
- "But there's some big, strong teams in that league this season and it's going to be hard for Jim."
- Magilton left his previous role at Ipswich in April and replaces Paulo Sousa as QPR manager after the former Portugal midfielder spent just five months in charge.
- Allen, now the Under-14 coach at Tottenham Hotspur, added: "I just felt (with) the continual change at QPR that they might have gone for someone with a bit more experience.
- "My old manager at Charlton, who's been out of a job since he left West Ham, Alan Curbishley, has got it on his CV to get a club out of the Championship.
- "But just perhaps he would have wanted an element of more control, that's why somebody like Alan hasn't gone for that job.
- "Whereas with regards to Jim, someone new to it, he would accept to a degree certain decisions being made and that just seems to be the case at Rangers at the moment." BBC

- Past re Magilton and Ipswich

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