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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Magilton and Gorman Talking About QPR Prospects

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- QPR's new assistant manager John Gorman believes the club's fans will enjoy watching their team next season.
- The Scot has resumed his partnership with new Rangers boss Jim Magilton after they worked together at Ipswich.
- Gorman, 59, told BBC London 94.9: "I'm just so happy to get back into football so quickly and play the style of football that Jim and I want to play.
- "I'm sure that will suit the QPR fans because they do like to see good, quality football."
- Gorman, who was Glenn Hoddle's right-hand man when he managed England and has also had spells in charge of Swindon, Wycombe and Northampton, is impressed with the players at his disposal at Loftus Road.
- "It's a really good squad here. They might need a couple more players just to strengthen things but, generally, you look at the players and think that's a good squad and any club in the Championship would love to have it.
- "We will play a style of football that Jim played as a player and as a manager. We do pass the ball through the midfield and we like to create chances and get crosses in and I think the fans will enjoy it.
- "I've always been adamant about this, whatever team I go to. I know we want to win but we want to win with a bit of style and, even when I was manager of Wycombe, I proved that even in the lower levels you can play good football."
- Magilton was sacked after three years at Ipswich in April, just a few weeks after QPR sacked their previous manager Paulo Sousa but Gorman is not concerned about the high turnover of managers at at the West London club in recent times.
- "To be fair, I think have realised that [regularly changing managers] is not the way to go. I think they feel that's why they've got people in like us.

- "I'm hoping they give us the chance to really get on with the job. It's not going to be an easy job because everybody's expectations are very high but I really feel that they've said they'll give us a real chance to get our teeth into it." BBC

- Jim Magilton is hoping the opening fixtures of the Coca Cola Championship season prove kind to the R's, following the news that Rangers will face a 380-mile round journey to play Exeter City in the Carling Cup in early August.
- The all-important fixtures for the 2009/10 campaign are released at 10.00am tomorrow (Wednesday) morning and the R's gaffer is hoping for a home fixture on Saturday 8th August, with a long trip to the Grecians' St James Park home now penciled in just a few days later.
- "The fixture release day is when everyone really gets buzzing again for the season ahead - and I'm no different," beamed Magilton.
- "Of course, we'd love to start with a home fixture on day one. It would be great for myself and John (Gorman) to kick-start the campaign with a home match, in front of the QPR supporters who have been so supportive to us both in our short time here."
- However, the history books would suggest Magilton is due an away day fixture on the opening day of the new campaign.
- In his three year spell at Ipswich Town, the new R's boss was handed three home fixtures in a row between seasons 2006/07 and 2008/09, winning one and losing the other two.
- But whoever the R's get on the first day of the campaign, Magilton is confident his charges will be fired up for the season ahead.
- "The hard work really starts now for us," he said.
- "Once the fixtures come out on Wednesday, we can really start planning for the season ahead."
- Magilton added: "As a professional, I always kept an eye out for the fixture release day, because it's when you really start focusing your attentions towards the new season again.
- "It's always important to get off to a winning start. All eyes will be on us, but I love that pressure and if we can get off to a winning start, then that will be great."
- Magilton also touched upon the R's Carling Cup first round tie against Exeter, adding: "It's a good game for us.
- "I've known Paul (Tisdale) for quite a while, since our days at Southampton, when he was a very young midfielder.
- "He's a good man and a good Manager, who has got his side promoted two years in a row. He's very highly regarded and we're expecting a very tough game."

-New R's Assistant Manager John Gorman believes Rangers will have to be 'thoroughly committed and professional' when they travel to St James Park - the home of Exeter City - in the first round of this season's Carling Cup.
- Tuesday's draw pitted the R's against the League One outfit and Gorman is adamant Rangers won't be taking their lower league opposition lightly.
- Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Gorman said: "It's a tricky tie, but one we're more than capable of winning.
-"We'll need to be totally committed and professional to get the job done, and we'll be drumming that in to the players from day one of pre-season training."
- Exeter have enjoyed back-to-back promotions in recent years and there's one member of the Grecians set-up that Gorman knows particularly well.
- Former Tottenham Hotspur legend Steve Perryman MBE is the Director of Football at St James Park - and the R's number two is looking forward to locking horns with his old Spurs chum.
- "Steve's a close friend of mine, so it's a nice draw in that respect," he said.
- "It's been a while since I've been to St James Park, but it's a difficult place to go at any time." QPR

Eurosport - Yems relishing Rangers test
- Exeter assistant manager John Yems is looking forward to the newly-promoted Grecians' Carling Cup first round clash at home to Championship side QPR.
- Paul Tisdale's City side will play in League One next season following automatic promotion from League Two, a season after winning the Blue Square Premier play-off final at Wembley.
- Yems said: "It's a great draw for us, against one of the big Championship clubs."
- He added: "I think it shows the level we`ve come to that we can really look forward to a game like this and it's at home so it will be a real early-season treat for our fans.
- "I`m sure on the back of our back-to-back promotions, our fans will really be getting behind us on the night - I imagine the whole club is looking forward to it." Eurosport

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