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Monday, September 21, 2009

QPR Report Monday - The Weekend and The Week Ahead (Chelsea!)

- The QPR Report Messageboard: Visit - and even post on - the combination quasi-blog and messageboard for additional up-to-the-minute news about QPR, mixed with QPR nostalgia and items of general football interest.

- QPR REPORT Available on TWITTER!

- Monday's F1 "Crashgate" Hearing Reports (Updated Throughout Day)

- It's Decision Day - or at least it's meeting day - in the Formula One Crashgate Investigation. Whether what happens in the Racing World will have an impact upon Flavio Briatore's QPR Future is the great unknown (Even as different messageboard posters ostensibly "In The Know" offer different "Inside" knowledge about what's going to happen at QPR!) A story in The Telegraph (picked up by much other media) suggests Mr. Mittal is interested in buying out Mr. Briatore. Time will tell.

- Just announced: The Ref for the Chelsea Game is M J Jones

- Birthdays Today for Kevin Gallen (34) and Rowan Vine (27)

- Updated: Comprehensive compilation of Cardiff vs QPR Match Reports and Managerial Comments

Meanwhile Rowan Vine Speaking Out:
The Mirror/Ken Gorman - Rowan Vine pleads with QPR board to give Jim Magilton time to make his mark
- Striker Rowan Vine helped to lift Rangers in to the top half of the Championship - then fired his own plea to their directors.
- He urged their notoriously hard to please board to give new manager Jim Magilton the time to develop a team which the former Birmingham and Luton hit man believes is good enough for promotion.
- Vine has been at Loftus Road for just two years, but he has already played under FOUR different bosses and he believes that the revolving managerial door has left the players heads spinning as well.
- Vine said: “We have brought in players over the last 18 months who have strengthened the squad massively. But there has been instability at the club, with people coming and going. That never helps.
- “Jim Magilton has certainly been good for the players so far. We would like to see him given the time to continue the job.
- “We believe we are one of the top teams in the league. We are capable of beating anybody. What we need is for everyone to be pulling in the same direction
.” ...Mirror

- A Championship Team of the Week Includes Simpson

- Nice Q&A With Don Masson

- What REALLY Happened when QPR Played Sunderland back in 1973 and the FA Cup Was Knocked Over.

- Nice Price Cut Move by Sheffield Wednesday

- Stuart Houston's Son in Charity Raiser

- A Profile of and Interview with Tommy Docherty (now aged 81)

The Times/Patrick Barclay - .....The test that must be fit and proper
- What is a fit and proper person? The question naturally arises in the light — or darkness — of Flavio Briatore’s stewardship of Queens Park Rangers and it is very difficult to answer because the words mean everything and nothing.
- To some people, “fit” means physically desirable. To others, it entails the ability to do 50 press-ups without perspiring. In my dictionary — and it is fit and proper for the purpose — one definition of “fit” is “proper”. As for “proper”, the first definition is “accurate”. So anyone good at sums and darts qualifies.
- The Leagues deserve sympathy over this. Of course they look gullible when Thaksin Shinawatra sails through or Briatore’s somewhat cavalier notion of sportsmanship is revealed. But, as Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the Premier League, once exclaimed: “What are we supposed to do — apply a cut-of-your-jib test?”
- All they can do, in essence, is bar people with criminal records, which would exclude Adolf Hitler but also Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. No wonder they tend just to cross their fingers and hope for the best.
- The London-based oligarchs raise an interesting point. The Russian authorities yearn to collar Boris Berezovsky, who was once supposed to be interested in West Ham United, but give a clean bill of judicial health to the less politically active Roman Abramovich. Is this fair to Berezovsky? And should we take notice of alien systems anyway? ..." The Times

- Real Madrid's Debt Hits Almost 300 Million Pounds

- Briatore Profiled/Analysed "The Rise and Fall...."

- A couple of devestating pieces re Briatore/Crashgate/Cheating

- Two goals for Helguson before going off injured

- "Chelsea: Muppets on a String"

- Flashack: Three Years agoy- John Gregory replaces Gary Waddock as QPR Manager. Alan McDonald Departs

- David James: What the Premiership Cap on Squad size does Not Solve

Telegraph -Richard Eden - Lakshmi Mittal 'may buy out' Flavio Briatore from QPR after Formula One controversy
- An order issued to a racing driver to crash his car ended up costing Flavio Briatore, the Italian playboy, his role as manager of Renault's Formula One team. It may also spell the end of his business relationship with Lakshmi Mittal.

- The Indian billionaire was persuaded by Briatore to become an investor in Queens Park Rangers football club in 2007, but Mandrake hears that he is now reconsidering his ties with the flamboyant tycoon.
- "Lakshmi is extremely concerned about what has happened," says one of his associates. "He is keen to improve his image in this country and takes this matter very seriously. He is now considering whether the best way forward would be for him to buy Flavio out of QPR."
- .' Mittal's son-in-law, Amit Bhatia, is on the board of the west London Championship club.
- Briatore could potentially be extradited to Singapore to face criminal charges in the wake of his departure from Renault in connection with the race-fixing claims.
- There are also legal challenges open to Ferrari and their driver Felipe Massa, who missed out on last year's world drivers' crown by a single point; and to Renault itself, which may want to sue its former employees for allegedly bringing the company's name into disrepute Telegraph

Mail - Flavio Briatore may not dodge QPR exit if race-fixing plot details are divulged
- Flavio Briatore's reign as chairman of QPR could come to an abrupt end even though the World Motor Sport Council cannot ban him from Formula One tomorrow after his
- Waiting game: Briatore's QPR role is in doubt
resignation from Renault.
It followed revelations that his team ordered Nelson Piquet Jnr to crash his car at the Singapore Grand Prix.
- If the WMSC produce full disclosure of how the race-fixing plot came into being, and if that provides d***ing evidence against Briatore, his role as a fit and proper person to be a Football League director will be scrutinised at next month’s Football League board meeting.
- Briatore would have been automatically disqualified and required to sell his majority shareholding in the club had he been banned from Formula One.
- This would have been the likely outcome had he not pre-empted the decision by resigning. Mail

The Observer/Neil Clark - The 10: Wrong Sporting EndingsFrom Tom Watson at Turnberry 2009 to Holland in the 1974 World Cup, proof that some results just go the wrong way
- "...2 First Division, 1975-76
- The records say that the title was won by Liverpool, but the season belonged to QPR. The west Londoners played the league's most scintillating football, including a 5-1 demolition of champions Derby County at the Baseball Ground. QPR finished their fixtures ahead of Liverpool and for 10 days were champions elect. Liverpool needed to win their last game, away at Wolves, and when the home side went 1-0 ahead it seemed QPR would take their first league title. But three Liverpool goals in the last 15 minutes shattered their dream
. Observer

- Now on Sale: "Hooped Dreams: Billionaires, QPR and the Premiership Promised Land" (Paperback) By Mick Kelly


And Wedneday: Chelsea (Even though Chelsea Initially had it wrong!

- Chelsea welcome Queens Park Rangers to Stamford Bridge for the Carling Cup 3rd round this Tuesday and you can watch the full game only on Chelsea TV.

Prior to kick-off we build-up to the game on Matchnight Live with the team news direct from Stamford Bridge before any other channel, player previews and thoughts from Ancelotti right up to kick-off. No other channel will have dedicated Chelsea build-up than Chelsea TV.

Chelsea have not lost to QPR since 1995 and aim to complete the job on home turf, you can share your views on the game from 9.45pm when we open up the phone lines.

You can watch all the action as we replay the full 90 minutes from 10.15pm.

6pm: Live build-up from Stamford Bridge
9.45pm: Fans' phone-in - call 08445 434 969
10.15pm: Watch the full 90 minutes

Programme times subject to change if the game goes into extra time / penalties.

To subscribe to Chelsea TV on Sky 421 call 08442 410 803, existing Sky customers can subscribe via Sky active or online. Chelsea

Chelsea's Manager, Carlo Ancellotti/BBC on QPR Game
"... Chelsea next play QPR in Wednesday's Carling Cup third round tie and Ancelotti is determined not to allow his players to lose focus.
"We need to maintain the mental attitude and win our next game against QPR in the Carling Cup on Wednesday," stated Ancelotti.
"Our next game will not be easy. We do not think about records, only winning the next game." BBC

- Past QPR-Chelsea Results and Shared Players (and Managers)

- Flashback: John Gregory on the "Thriving" QPR-Chelsea Relationship!

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