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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Why I No Longer Have a Soft Spot for Queens Park Rangers...Barnsley Manager on QPR Game

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Mirror Columnist, Ian Winwood - Why I no longer have a soft spot for Queens Park Rangers
- This coming Saturday I shall make my now annual schlep to Loftus Road, where I will pay £30 to sit in a stadium that looks as if it is made out of Mechano and Sellotape. Despite the inconvenience Queens Park Rangers have caused me during the years I have lived in London – and Barnsley haven’t won in this part of West London since well before the Beatles recorded their first album – it used to be that I always had a soft spot for the Super Hoops.
- Not any longer, and I’m sure you understand just why. It is very difficult to look at a club owned by Bernie “Hitler was alright, really” Ecclestone, steel magnate Lakshi Mittal and disgraced Formula 1 race fixer Flavio Briatore and not wonder what exactly has happened to one of the city’s most traditionally overlooked and quietly loveable clubs.
- As if the sight of rich men watching mediocre football inside a rubbish stadium weren’t disconcerting enough, the Football League have asked Formula 1’s governing body to supply them with details of Briatore’s indefinite suspension from the sport after the ex Renault team boss was found guilty in the recent F1 race-fixing scandal.
- The Football League has said that it will consider its position once the FIA (F1’s ruling body) has replied to its request.
- Personally, I can’t see why the league should wait even this long. The rules are quite clear: nobody can be a director of a football club or hold a majority interest in a club if they are banned from another sport by that sport’s governing body.
- Along with being a director of Queens Park Rangers, Flavio Briatore, 59, is also chairman of the holding company that owns the club.
- Could this be any more simple?
- It could, of course, be that the Football League will survey the evidence they receive and chuck the Italian out on his ear. Wouldn’t that be nice? Or this could merely be another example of the game’s authorities being scared to death of people with money and power and thus kicking this issue into the long grass.
- Me, I’m hoping it’s the former while suspecting it might be the latter.
- Either way, can anybody help with a word that rhymes with Briatore so I can get a chant going on Saturday? Mirror

- REDS boss Mark Robins gave his thoughts ahead of the trip to QPR.

- Mark told Barnsley Player: "I thought we were really good value for the win against Burnley on Tuesday night. Burnley came here to attack us and tried to get through down the middle but we coped with that really well for the most part. The effort, commitment, desire and confidence was there and that was pleasing to see.
- "Winning games builds confidence and we have picked up a couple of victories in the last week now. I thought our team spirit was excellent on Tuesday and they were congratulating each other and applauding the crowd at the end. We know we have to give our supporters something to get behind on the pitch but they can also spark us off as well. That is how we are going to build something here.
- "We have brought in the two lads from Stoke City and I am delighted to have Ryan (Shotton) and Carl (Dickinson) in with us. Ryan can play at right back or in the middle and will give us more options as Darren (Moore) is struggling and Stephen (Foster) one booking away from suspension. Carl is a tough tackling left back and I have to thank Tony Pulis at Stoke for allowing them both to come to us until Boxing Day. There were a lot of other teams interested in them and I also have to thank Patrick Cryne for backing me in the transfer market again. They are the right sort of players we need here".
- ark added: "I think we will get better when we have everybody available and back in with us. We have only just started here.
- "QPR are a good side and I am sure that Jim Magilton will be trying to get them to play in the same manner as the Ipswich sides he was involved with. They will have pace down the flanks and be solid in the middle of the park.
- "We are away from home and our history suggests that we normally do not do well at Loftus Road. We rid ourselves of a money on our backs on Tuesday night so we will be looking to do the same at QPR on Saturday.

- "We have to go out, push on and put on a performance again. It is all about us and how we perform on the pitch. We want to get all three points to make it a better journey home.
- "Darren is rated at 50/50 for the game by the medical staff but probably 80/20 by himself. Emil (Hallfredsson) has been ill this week although his knee injury is fine. He will have more of a chance for next week. Jamal (Campbell-Ryce) has trained and also improves our options for the weekend". Barnsley

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