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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Another Assessment of QPR's Championship Prospects...Furlong and Bull In at Brenftord..Ex-QPR Tony Roberts Turns 40

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- QPR played Chelsea Behind Closed Doors at the Chelsea Training Ground - and QPR Reportedly lost 0-4!

- ESPN - SEASON PREVIEW Championship 2009-10: Club by club By Richard Jolly

Manager: Jim Magilton
Position last season: 11th
Players in: Alejandro Faurlin (Instituto, £3.5 million), Adel Taarabt (Tottenham, loan), Alessandro Pellicori (free).
Players out: Liam Miller (released), Zesh Rehman (Bradford, free), Jake Cole (released), Danny Maguire (released), Chris Arthur (released), Damien Delaney (Ipswich, undisclosed), Lee Camp (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed).

Jim Magilton could be forgiven for keeping the number of a removal firm handy. As he is QPR's ninth manager, including caretakers, in four years, he is unlikely to rival Sir Alex Ferguson for longevity.

Immediate improvement must be the aim. Despite the wealth of owners Flavio Briatore, Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal, QPR were abject away from home last season, failing to score for three months towards the end of 2008.
If a supply line that includes Lee Cook, Akos Buzsaky, Wayne Routledge and Martin Rowlands suggests QPR should not be as impotent in attack, it is worth remembering that the top scorer, Dexter Blackstock, was sold. Unless Alessandro Pellicori finds goals as easy to come by as they were in Italy's lower leagues, it is a reason why mid-table may beckon again.

Key Man: Alejandro Faurlin - The Argentine is Magilton's first and biggest buy. Given his £3.5m price tag, much will be expected.
One to watch: Adel Taarabt - A product of Tottenham's scattergun approach to recruitment, the Moroccan midfielder should have a greater opportunity to impress at Loftus Road -

The final standings?
1. West Brom
2. Sheff Utd
3. Cardiff
4. Reading
5. Middlesbrough
6. Nottm Forest
7. Derby
8. Ipswich
9. QPR
10. Leicester
11. C Palace
12. Bristol C
13. Sheff Wed
14. Newcastle
15. Preston
16. Peterborough
17. Watford
18. Coventry
19. Swansea
20. Doncaster
21. Sunthorpe
22. Blackpool
23. Plymouth
24. Barnsley

- See also: Previewing QPR's 2009/2010 Championship Prospects - Compilation

Posted Articles - Updated Throuhout the Day

- Martin Ling Departs as Cambridge Manager after a week! "Irreconciliable Differences"

- Ex-QPR Nikki Bull Joins Brentford

- Paul Furlong Decides to Keep Playing

- Ex-QPR Goalie and Coach, Tony Roberts Turns 40

- Ex-QPR, John Curtis Glad His Nightmare is Over

- Ali Russell Reportedly Now QPR Holding Board Member

- Amazing Gesture by Northampton Players

- Flashback: QPR's 1994-95 Season - QPR finish 8th

- Year Flashback: Parejo Signs for QPR - "We are delighted to have agreed a deal to sign arguably the hottest prospect in European football"

- Ultimate Sports Websites Winners

- Extending Premiership Transfer Deadline a Day?

- QPR Vs Blackpool: The Record. Recalling Blackpool's Last Victory at Loftus Road

- The Ref for the QPR Opener vs Blackpool is....A P Durso

- Leeds' Delph to Aston Villa

- Another "Incident" in China

- Dave Clement's Son (Coaching at Chelsea) Interviewed

- UEFA Worried by English Club Finances

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