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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Insanity at Loftus Road - QPR Manager Allegedly Headbutted Player


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Mail - Under-fire QPR manager Jim Magilton faces axe over headbutt as Akos Buzsaky threatens to press charges
By Matt Lawton and Simon Jones Last updated at 1:26 AM on 09th December 2009
- QPR manager Jim Magilton's future was thrown into doubt last night after he became the second manager in a week to be accused of butting one of his players.
- Tony Pulis is already at the centre of an internal investigation at Stoke City after attacking James Beattie at Arsenal on Saturday.
- And Sportsmail can reveal that Magilton is in danger of losing his job after Akos Buzsaky threatened to press charges over the incident at Watford on Monday night.
- Buzsaky's representatives met QPR chairman Gianni Paladini yesterday demanding that action be taken, and last night QPR officials were seeking legal advice with a view to suspending Magilton pending a full investigation.
- The former Ipswich manager was clearly feeling the pressure after seeing his side beaten 5-1 by Middlesbrough on Saturday before the 3-1 defeat at Vicarage Road, leaving the club 10th in the Championship with just one win in their last seven games.
- The Ulsterman, who was appointed at Loftus Road in June, is said to have torn into his players, starting with Damion Stewart and then turning on Buzsaky, who has been a target for Magilton's criticism more than once this season.
- When Magilton asked the Hungarian if he thought he was being bullied, Buzsaky responded with a shrug of the shoulders and said 'whatever'.
But Magilton reacted furiously to that, and allegedly butted the 27-year-old midfielder.
- He did not draw blood but it was serious enough, Sportsmail understands, for burly striker Patrick Agyemang to feel compelled to intervene and separate the two men.
- Witnesses say Agyemang then squared up to his manager and condemned him for what was an unprovoked act of violence.
- Magilton is then said to have asked him if he wanted the same treatment, and it was only when Agyemang said he would like to see him try that the Ulsterman backed off.
- Still in his kit, Buzsaky stormed out of the dressing room and, resisting calls from assistant manager John Gorman to return, remained by the pitch before moving to the warmth of the Watford kit man's room half an hour later.
- Gorman is reported to have said he might as well come back because 'me and Jim might not even be here by the morning'.
- It was while in the kit man's room that he was spotted by journalists who had been reporting on the match - the room is adjacent to the media area - and questions were asked.
- A 'difference of opinion' was how Magilton explained Buzsaky's isolation before declaring that 'anything that was said will be kept in-house'.
At the start of the season Magilton told his squad not to accept calls from the media unless he had agreed to the interview in advance and his players resolutely stuck to that instruction last night.
- Gorman described the row as 'a storm in a tea cup' yesterday, while Magilton refused to comment on the issue.
- But yesterday Paladini was faced with a player who wants to press charges against his manager and QPR were considering how best to deal with Magilton when he is already under pressure due to the poor form of his team... " Mail

MIRROR/Massimo Marione - Boss Jim Magilton facing sack following claims he headbutted Akos Buzsaky
- Jim Magilton’s job was on the line last night after he became the second manager this week to be involved in a headbutt storm.
- The QPR boss reacted furiously on Monday night after watching his side go 1-0 up against Watford only to lose 3-1.
- He had an argument with Akos Buzsaky moments after the final whistle which resulted in the Hungarian midfielder storming out of the dressing room.
- And last night it emerged that Buzsaky is considering pressing charges after claiming that Magilton butted him in the fiery aftermath of the defeat.
- Witnesses in the dressing room alleged that the scene became so heated that striker Patrick Agyemang rushed to intervene and pull the manager and player apart.
- Buzsaky took refuge in the Watford kitman’s room where he was spotted by journalists, which led to Magilton having to claim he had thrown Buzsaky out of the dressing room over a difference of opinion.
- But now Buzsaky’s representatives have held a meeting with QPR chairman Gianni Paladini to ask what action he intends to take. Club officials are also reported to be investigating their legal options over the man who was only appointed to the job six months ago..." Mirror

Telegraph - Jim Magilton under pressure at Queens Park Rangers following Akos Buzsaky bust-up- Jim Magilton's future as manager of Queens Park Rangers is in jeopardy after he became the second manager this week to have a high-profile bust-up with one of his own players.
- He is alleged to have had a confrontation with Hungarian midfielder Akos Buzsaky after the 3-1 defeat at Watford on Monday night which followed the 5-1 home defeat by Middlesbrough on Saturday.
- Magilton, who took over at QPR in June, has seen his side win just one of their last seven games..." Telegraph

- QPR Beat Southampton in the FA Youth Cup
- Post-Match Comment: QPR Official Site - GALLEN DELIGHTED WITH SAINTS SCALP
- Under-18 boss Steve Gallen praised his side's battling spirit, as the R's booked their place in Friday's FA Youth Cup fourth round draw thanks to a 3-1 win over Southampton on Tuesday night.
- A brace from Antonio German and a sublime Frankie Sutherland strike sealed victory for the young Hoops over their Academy counterparts, and Gallen was pleased with how his teenage charges responded to conceding at the start of the second half.
- "I wasn't surprised with the result because I knew we had the ability to win the game," he told www.qpr.co.uk.
- "Southampton have been brilliant at producing players over the years and that's something we want to achieve here.
- "I was pleased to how we responded to conceding.
- "We regrouped and went on and got two late goals and deserved to win the tie."
- Gallen also reserved special praise for two-goal hero German, commenting: "Antonio took his goals well.
- "He played very well. I'm really pleased for him.
- "We've talked over the last couple of weeks about what he is capable of and he produced for us on the night, so I couldn't be more delighted." *A full interview with Steve Gallen will be available on QPR Player soon. QPR

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