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Saturday, August 01, 2009

QPR's 2009/10 Prospects Assessed

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Updated throughout the Day

- Flashback: Thirty Years Ago: The 1979-1980 Season

- AKUTRS Dave Thomas Blog ("Flog") Week #3

- Ex-QPR Mark Lazarus Interviewed (Indys Two-Part Great Interview)

- Cook's Recovery....Buzsaky Staying?...Vignal Leaving...Marshall...QPR Southampton Squad

- "Street Crime Reduction Key for London Clubs"

- Three Year Flasback: QPR Chairman Paladini's Lengthy Statement

- One Year Back: Lee Cook Returns and The "New QPR" Profiled and Assessed

- Former QPR Chairman Bill Power (BP) offers his Season Preview on Vital Football QPR

- QPR's Matt Connolly Opens Shop

- Ex-QPR Junior Agogo Turns 30

- RIP: Bobby Robson

- Holloway Set to Splurge?

- Football in Argentina

Eurosport -The Coca-Cola Football League Championship - Countdown: Queens Park Rangers
- Eurosport.yahoo.com continues its countdown to the Championship season with a look at cash-rich QPR.
- Manager: Jim Magilton
-Last 10 Seasons
(1999/2000 to 2008/2009): 10/19/-/-/-/11/21/18/14/11
Radek Cerny
Damion Stewart - Kaspars Gorkss - Peter Ramage - Matthew Connolly
Mikele Leigertwood - Lee Cook - Alejandro Faurlin - Martin Rowlands
Rowan Vine - Heidar Helguson
- BACK-UPS FROM: Niki-Lee Bulmer - Fitz Hall - Joe Oastler - Gary Borrowdale - Gavin Mahon - Wayne Routledge - Akos Buzsaky - Matteo Alberti - Hogan Ephraim - Gareth Ainsworth - Romone Rose - Patrick Agyemang - Angelo Balanta - Ray Jones - Antonio German
- In - Alejandro Faurlin (Instituto, £3.5m), Adel Tarabt (Tottenham, loan)
- Out - Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest), Jordi Lopez (Swansea), Jake Cole (Barnet), Lee Camp (Nottingham Forest), Damien Delaney (Ipswich), Zesh Rehman (Bradford)
- POSITIVES: With all their riches, the 'Manchester City of the Championship' will always be able to outbid most clubs in the transfer market. If they can add the right quality to their squad they will no doubt be a team to look out for this season.
- NEGATIVES: A feature of cash-rich teams is often a trigger-happy chairman and R's owner Flavio Briatore (pictured) has already pinned his colours to the mast with a regular procession of fired managers. Since Ian Holloway left the club in 2006 there have been nine managerial changes, culminating in Jim Magilton's appointment. With this kind of instability at the club, it remains to be seen if the latest boss can bring the instant success the owner so craves.
- VERDICT: R's fans have already expressed their disappointment at the appointment of Magilton, but he is a man who knows the division well and, although he is not the big name fans wanted, he may yet prove to be exactly what the ambitious London outfit need at this moment in time to progress. 7th.
Mario Hajiloizis / Eurosport
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SOUTHAMPTON Official Site - Queens Park Rangers Preview
- Saints final pre-season friendly sees them face QPR this afternoon in a match that will be a 'stern test' of their progress so far...
- New manager Alan Pardew has now had a further week to prepare his squad, and with the opening game of the season now just seven days away he's keen to get down to business.
- "We're professional players and we have to approach every game in a professional manner," he said, "and that's what we're going to do at QPR.
- "We took the players away this week for a few days. We did a bit of bonding, a bit of sport and a lot of work on the team and it was a great couple of days.
- "We need to learn how to win away from home and but those things take time and if I'm totally honest, we're not quite ready for QPR but we've made some big steps already and I hope that's reflected this afternoon."
- The R's are also a team in transition, with ex-Saint Jim Magilton now at the helm, and Pardew is expecting a tough test against a side with Premier League aspirations.
- "I think they will give us a stern test," he continued. "They have some very good players and a new manager too.
- "There are no favourites in the Championship this year, so QPR will be contenders for promotion and they will be a good test for us physically as well.
- "I hope that we stand up to them today," Pardew added. "I was really pleased with our result against Hearts considering we'd only really been able to train together for two days before.
- "We've now had an extra week on top and we're going to be away from home and against better opposition, but I think we'll give a good account of ourselves."
- On the injury front, defender Wayne Thomas is Pardew's only new concern, but his absence has highlighted an area of the squad that the new boss feels needs work.
- "I'm a little bit lacking in cover at centre half because I only have two of what I would consider first team players in Lancashire and Perry," Pardew revealed.
- "Wayne Thomas is injured with a back problem, so that's a worry and that area is something that I'm concentrating on."
- Pardew also took time out to pay tribute to former England boss Sir Bobby Robson, who's death was announced on Friday.
- "My memories of him are as an English gent and a loveable character, albeit a slightly eccentric one" he said.
- "The World Cup campaign that he had with England was the closest that we've come to winning it in my time and he'll be fondly remembered and greatly missed.
- "Bobby was a gentleman of football and whenever I met him socially I found him very engaging. He had time for everyone and that was why he had the response from people that he had in his lifetime." Southampton

QPR vs Southampton
QPR Squad: Ainsworth, Alberti, Agyemang, Balanta, Brown, Borrowdale, Ephraim, Gorkss, Hall, Helguson, Mahon, Marshall, Pellicori, Putnins, Ramage, Routledge, Rowlands, Stewart, Taarabt, Vine.

- Ex-QPR (Dean) Wilkins Appointed Southampton Assistant Manager

- No Lejsal to Bristol City

- Simon Walton to Millwall?

- Chelsea Awarded Millions in Compensation

- Bobby Robson - RIP

- Reading Interest in Fitz Hall?

- QPR vs Southampton...Southampton Season Ticket Sales

- Ex-QPR Loanee Bob Malcolm, off to Australia

- 1992-1993 Video: QPR vs Manchester United

- Year Flashback: Gorkss and Parejo Join QPR

- Ex-QPR Schoolboy, Michael Bryan now at Watford: Profile/Interview

- Football League Rule re Publicizing Transfer Fees

- QPR Thirty-Five Years Ago: The 1974-75 Season (including video)

- England U-19s Progess vs France

- Fans' Views of Future of the Game

- Some of the Past Official Site statements by Flavio Briatore

- QPR Player Contracts

- Current Promotion Odds

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