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Friday, September 11, 2009

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Peterborough Today - Preview: Magilton's in one of the hottest managerial seats- IF Posh start getting close to that elusive first Championship victory tomorrow spare a thought for QPR manager Jim Magilton, one of football's nice guys.
Magilton, who was sacked by Ipswich Town in April for failing to steer them into the Championship play-offs, jumped straight into the hottest managerial seat of them all at Loftus Road.

Since controversial owner Flavio Briatore assumed control of the London Club in August 2007, he has employed seven managers. That's an average lifespan of just three-and-a-half months and 14 matches apiece!

Briatore, who is more famous as a Formula One chief with Renault, breezed into the club in the summer of 2007 alongside Motor Racing guru Bernie Ecclestone and multi-billionaire Lakshmi Mittal and promised Champions League football within four years.

It didn't seem too much to ask considering QPR were rated the richest club in the UK, until the Arabs arrived at Manchester City, but, while Mittal apparently spent £30 million of his £26 billion fortune on his daughter's wedding, investment in the playing side has been limited, while accusations of Briatore possessing too much influence in the dressing room were also given as a reason for mediocre results.

No wonder then that Magilton insisted on total control of team matters before accepting the post and signing a two-year contract.

He now believes that he has the playing squad and the boardroom backing capable of pursuing a promotion spot, especially as he secured his first win as manager at Scunthorpe in QPR's last outing.

Magilton said: "I'm an ambitious man and I have an ambitious board. It will be a great challenge reaching the Premier League, but if we progress year on year we will have a great chance.

"The playing squad looks strong enough, although it was a big relief to secure our first win at Scunthorpe. There was a lot to like about the way we played in that match and I'm confident we will start moving up the table.

"I wasn't unduly concerned about our form, but we did need a win. We've got it now and I expect the players to hit the ground running again this weekend.

"We've had a bit of criticism about the way we started the season, but the players have stood tall and been brave. We know we can play better as a group and we will.

"I have a very honest bunch of players who are responding well to what I want to achieve. We need to play with a lot more composure, but our first win will have done us a lot of good.

"We have as tough a game as any this weekend though as Peterborough are a decent side.

FIRST WIN: Jim Magilton.
They have an excellent set-up with a great chairman, a great director of football and an outstanding young manager.”

Preview: Magilton's in one of the hottest managerial seats

John Gregory (sacked October 2007)

Luigi Di Canio (October 2007-April 2008)

Iain Dowie (May 2008-October 2008)

Gareth Ainsworth (October 2008-November 2008)

Paolo Sousa (November 2008-April 2009)

Gareth Ainsworth (April 2009-May 2009)

Jim Magilton (May 2009-present)

... Peterborough Today

Peterborough Today - Preview: Williams won't deserve the boos at Loftus Road
- TOMMY Williams expects to get booed within 30 seconds of the start when he returns to one of his former clubs QPR tomorrow, but he won't deserve it.
The dashing Posh left-back spent just over a season on loan at Loftus Road seven years ago and helped them to the play-off final in the old Division Two against Cardiff in the 2002-03 campaign.

But that's when it all went sour for Williams, in the eyes of some QPR fans at least, as his side slipped to a 1-0 defeat courtesy of a goal six minutes from the end of extra-time.

Williams said: "There is one moment from that final that I always get reminded about whenever I see any QPR fans.

"If I bump into them on holiday or wherever all they remember is me running the entire length of the Millennium Stadium, beating seven men on the way, and then shooting instead of passing to Paul Furlong in the middle.

"They tend to forget that I played a big part in winning the play-off semi-final as I set up two goals against Oldham, but that's some fans for you. I expect I'll get reminded of that one moment after about 30 seconds tomorrow.

"But I actually loved every minute of my time there. I was sent on loan there from Birmingham for an entire season when Ian Holloway (above) was the QPR manager and then for about four months of the following season.

"It's a great club. The ground is nice and compact so the fans are close to the players and the atmosphere is superb.

"I picked up a couple of bad injuries there so I didn't play that much, but when I did the fans were pretty good to me on the whole.

"I've only been back there once and that was with Posh when I set up a goal for Clive Platt . I was jeered a bit that night and I expect it will be the same tomorrow.

"I'm looking forward to it though. The club has changed a bit since my days there and there is only Martin Rowlands there from my playing days.

"The expectation for success was always there and it must be even greater now because the finances they have available.

"I hope they do well. I have friends and family who support QPR so I'm always looking out for their results. I don't support them though, I follow Chelsea which is another reason why they will boo me!"

Williams is in his third spell at Posh. He first arrived alongside energetic midfielder Jimmy Bullard from West Ham in 2001 and was so impressive he landed a £350,000 transfer to Birmingham City before he had completed a full season at London Road.

Birmingham's immediate promotion to the Premier League probably didn't help Williams' career and after loan spells at QPR and Posh he moved on to Barnsley, Gillingham, Swansea and Wycombe before returning to Posh during the January transfer window of 2008.

He missed the promotion run-in because of injury last season, but started the Championship campaign as first-choice left-back.

Williams added: "I've been happy with my performances and the team's on the whole. We can write off the Preston game, but in the others we competed well.

"And we were as solid as we have been against Crystal Palace in our last outing.

We restricted them to long shots and only conceded to a deflection off Alan Lee’s calf.

“But we remain confident, once we can eradicate the sloppy spells of play, of picking up wins sooner rather than later.

“We just need a break or two to go for us.”
Williams made 39 appearances for QPR, scoring one goal. Peterborough Today

SHARING A CLUB - Peterborough Today
Preview: Some Posh and Queens Park Rangers link men
By Alan Swann
- COLIN Clarke's time at Posh gave no indication of the success he would go on to enjoy.
The Northern Irish striker scored 22 goals in three indifferent seasons at London Road, but went on to enjoy a fine career at club and international level.
- In 1989 he moved from Southampton to QPR for £800,00 which was then a club record fee for the Londoners. He stayed at Loftus Road for just one season though scoring 11 times.
- Others to have played for both clubs include defenders Chris Plummer (left) and Steve Morrow. Plummer started his career at QPR, but made just 54 first-team appearances in eight years before moving to Barnet and then Posh for a £30,000 fee.
- Plummer made 56 appearances for Posh and scored the only goal of a win at local rivals Northampton. He now manages Peterborough Northern Star in United Counties League Division One.
- Morrow played 11 times for Posh on loan at the end of the 2000-01 season after spells at Arsenal and QPR. He was far more famous for breaking an arm after Tony Adams dropped him during some post Coca-Cola Cup celebrations"
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