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Saturday, December 19, 2009

QPR Report Saturday: Hart Barely Knows Harford Personally...Simpson's QPR Reluctance...Jackson for QPR?...1967 Hero Turns 64...Other Axe Assements

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- Saturday's Postponed Games List currently includes three Championship games (Not QPR!)

- QPR 1967 Cup Hero, Ron Hunt Turns Sixty-Four

- QPR vs Sheffield United: Previews and Flashbacks: Their Last Meeting - Skysports "And as an early Christmas treat, Chris Kamara will be on your screens as he reports from QPR v Sheffield United."

- F1: "Briatore Hits Back"

- QPR's Vice Chairman Amit Bhatia and Managing Director Ishan Saksena Play in an Exhibition Game...QPR Coaching in India

- "Revolving Doors" - QPR1st Statement re QPR's latest Management Changes

- "Paul Hart: Diamond Geezer"

- Top-ranked players in the Championship: Updated Actim Index - Routledge #19; Simpson #44; Cherny #68

- Clubs' Tribute to Murdered Fans

- Three Year QPR Report Flashback: "Winter Comes Early to Loftus Road"

- Watford Saved

- Cardiff City's "Watch Free if Promoted" Season Ticket Offer

- World Cup: Complete Schedule

- Freak Footballing Injuries

The Extent of the Hart-Harford Relationship
- Vital QPR reporting on Harford's comments about QPR and Hart. "...Harford barely knows Hart personally. Their relationship has, to date, been conducted on the telephone or bumping into each at various football courses and meetings. But when Hart did call Harford about helping him out at QPR, Harford admitted he "jumped at the chance to come back to, what I call, a great club." Vital QPR

When Saturday Comes (WSC)/Gareth Burton - Hornets and Hoops hullabaloo 19 December 2009
~ With a reduced programme of Premier League fixtures today, the national media will be taking an increased interest in the Championship, which has just undergone its most tumultous week of the season so far. ....
"- Meanwhile the sack-happy owners of QPR have been busy again, with Jim Magilton finally parting company with the club following allegations of a headbutt aimed at Hungarian midfielder Akos Buzsaky after a 3-1 defeat at Watford on December 7. Magilton supposedly left by "mutual consent", though the decision appears about as mutual as Tiger Woods's inevitable split from Elin Nordegren. Paul Hart, lately dumped by Portsmouth, has brought in as Magilton's successor and incredibly becomes QPR's eighth manager since Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore took over in August 2007. Rangers host fellow play-off hopefuls Sheffield United at Loftus Road.
- In the build-up to Rangers' match with Sheffield United, Hart has promised to "cause a bit of damage in the Championship". This may mean that he sees the club as serious promotion contenders, although it could also be a reference to the appointment of the notoriously combative Mick Harford as QPR's assistant manager. Gareth Burton When Saturday Comes

- Ex-Arsenal's Alan Smith in the Telegraph writing re Birmingham notes "...The constant upheaval at QPR proves clearly enough that wealthy benefactors with little football knowledge don't always behave in the right way." Telegraph

Mirror/James Nurey - Jay Simpson set to scupper Arsenal's bid to sign QPR wonderkid Raheem Sterling
- Arsenal are keen to sign QPR wonderkid Raheem Sterling (above) - but Jay Simpson is reluctant to be part of a player-plus-cash deal.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants to buy England youngster Sterling, 15, in January.
The teenager is yet to make his professional debut for Championship Rangers.
But he has become one of the hottest properties in British football and Arsenal youth director Liam Brady has been told to sign him up.
Gunners striker Simpson, 21, is on loan for the season at QPR, where he has scored eight goals already this term.
But the forward is hesitant to be part of a transfer as he does not want to decide on his long-term future until next summer.
Simpson, who grew up supporting Arsenal, still hopes to carve out a career at the Emirates and if he leaves wants Premier League football. Mirror

- Arsenal Sending Scouts to Watch Raheem Sterling

Mirror - Paul Hart planning to make Gillingham striker Simeon Jackson his first QPR signing
- QPR manager Paul Hart wants to make Gillingham hot shot Simeon Jackson his first signing.
- Canada striker Jackson, 22, who has scored 13 goals this season, played under Hart when he was in charge of Rushden and Diamonds.
- The £1.5million-rated Jackson has also been watched by Tottenham and Cardiff.
- Gillingham manager Mark Stimson said: "If we get any offers in January it is up to the chairman to decide whether it is beneficial to the club." QPR

Des Kelly/Mail - DES KELLY: Our big fat zero without sport
- "...I felt sorry for Paul Hart when Portsmouth dumped on him from a great height. He has quickly re-surfaced at QPR, a club still being run by F1 cheat Flavio Briatore. Any port in a storm and all that, but Hart naively declares: 'I work in an honest way and in return I expect the same.' He clearly hasn't been paying attention. It's not going to last, is it?" Mail

Chris Charles/BBC Blog - Review of The Week...QPR
"...If you want a proper chuckle, come on down to Loftus Road - home of the ex-factor. I've got nothing against Paul Hart but I wasn't exactly doing cartwheels when I heard the news that he'd become our ninth boss in two years.
I'm going to stick my neck out and say he will still be in charge come Christmas - although I wouldn't put my mortgage on it. In the meantime I'll do what I do every few months and give the new man my full support - after all, a good Hart these days is hard to find. BBC

- After the success of our inaugural Christmas Family Fun Day last season, the Club is delighted to finalise details of this year's winter spectacle at Loftus Road.
- Taking place on Tuesday - with the gates opening at 10.00am - the day will start with a behind-closed-doors First Team training session.
- New boss Paul Hart will take charge of the hour long session commencing at 10.30am, before all the squad will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos!
Thereafter, ten lucky children (accompanied by a parent / guardian) will have the chance to quiz the new managerial team of Paul Hart and Mick Harford, as well as a couple of players. QPR

- The Conclusion of the (satirical/fictional) "The Magilton Diaries" - The Complete Diary

- Two Year Flashback: QPR's Chief Scout Resigns

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