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Thursday, December 10, 2009

QPR Report Update: Buzsaky Ultimatum...Gallen and Bircham Look Forward...Paladini and Magilton...Camp Happy and Praises Sousa


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UPDATE Teamtalk - Bircham: Appointment is surreal
- Marc Bircham admits his sudden elevation to QPR's temporary manager is "surreal".
- Former Rangers midfielder Bircham and his fellow youth coach Steve Gallen have taken over with boss Jim Magilton suspended pending an internal investigation into his alleged clash with Akos Buzsaky at Watford on Monday.
- With assistant manager John Gorman and reserves coach Keith Ryan staying away in support of Magilton it has been left to Bircham and Gallen to hold the fort, starting with Monday night's trip to West Brom.
- "It's just surreal circumstances," Bircham told Rangers' official website.
- "We've been focusing on an FA Youth Cup game, and I was out Christmas shopping with my family when I got the call to say me and Steve were going to be in charge on Monday." Teamtalk

The Sun/Rob Beasley - Hart in the frame for Rangers
- PAUL HART and Gareth Southgate last night emerged as front runners to take over as QPR boss.
Hoops look certain to part company with Jim Magilton, who was suspended yesterday after an alleged head-butt incident with Rangers' Hungarian striker Akos Buzsaky.
Hart, 56, is desperate to return to football after being cruelly dumped by Premier League strugglers Portsmouth last month.
And Southgate, 39, is also highly thought of at Loftus Road - even though he was elbowed by Middlesbrough to make way for Gordon Strachan.
Senior players held an emergency meeting with QPR chairman Gianni Paladini and Hoops supremo Flavio Briatore in London last night.
Former Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson - son of Manchester United manager Alex - is also believed to be a possible contender for the job.
Like Hart and Southgate, he is available after being axed by the Championship's bottom club. The Sun -- Hart Profile

- Steve Gallen insists it's 'business as usual' as the R's prepare for Monday's trip to high-flying West Bromwich Albion.
- Gallen and Marc Bircham will oversee First Team duties until further notice in the wake of Jim Magilton being suspended, pending an internal enquiry.
- Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Gallen said: "We're just getting on with things as we always do.
- "It's business as usual and we're all preparing for our trip to West Brom on Monday."
- Gallen added: "Myself and Birch are here to take the reins on a temporary basis, until the internal enquiry is concluded.
- "We'll give our all for the Club, as we always have done, and fingers crossed we can start with a victory on Monday QPR

Mirror - Buzsaky 'ultimatum prompted suspension'
Published 12:21 10/12/09 By Pa Sports

QPR manager Jim Magilton was suspended after midfielder Akos Buzsaky issued an 'either he goes or I go' ultimatum to chairman Flavio Briatore.

Magilton has been stood down over an allegation he headbutted the Hungarian player after Monday night's 3-1 defeat at Watford.

But a dressing room witness revealed to Press Association Sport there was no headbutt and Buzsaky merely took exception to Magilton's forthright post-match opinion, saying: "There was no headbutt, nothing like it. Akos was actually sitting down at the time."

He added: "It was exactly the sort of discussion you'd expect after a disappointing defeat. Jim bent down to speak to Akos, it got a bit heated, forehead to forehead, and (coach) Keith Ryan told Jim to move away. Jim did, but then Akos got up and ran out of the dressing room.

"(Assistant boss) John Gorman told him not to be so stupid and to come back inside. But he refused."

Buzsaky then spent half an hour wandering around a stand at Vicarage Road, in view of a room full of journalists, showing no signs of having just been headbutted by an angry 6ft Irishman.

Magilton, who told reporters after the game the incident was down to "a difference of opinion", put his side of the story to Briatore on Tuesday but was told on Wednesday morning he had been suspended and not to show up at the club's training ground.

The former Ipswich boss also spent much of Tuesday attempting to speak to Buzsaky in a bid to heal the rift, but the player did not answer his calls.

Gorman and reserves boss Ryan have walked out in support of Magilton, who insisted: "I categorically deny any allegation of wrong-doing." Mirror

Independent/Sam Wallace - Magilton denies headbutt on Buzsaky but faces sack

Assistants walk out on QPR in support of manager as clash with player escalates

The suspended Queen's Park Rangers manager Jim Magilton will tell the club's chairman Gianni Paladini that he did not butt Akos Buzsaky and that the two men instead went head-to-head – touching their foreheads – in a confrontation after the defeat at Watford on Monday night.

As the fallout from Magilton's row with his midfielder Buzsaky unfolded yesterday, sources at the club said that they believed the Rangers hierarchy were using the incident to sack Magilton, whose team have won only once in their last seven games. The Championship club were in disarray yesterday morning when Magilton's two assistants John Gorman and Keith Ryan refused to take training and walked out in support of the manager.

The former Northern Ireland midfielder was suspended after Buzsaky's Hungarian representatives visited Paladini on Tuesday and told him that his player was considering pressing assault charges against Magilton. A club source told The Independent: "He [Magilton] was passionate and aggressive but there was no physical contact. Afterwards the player [Buzsaky] ran out in a huff. He ran outside himself. It was nothing."

It is understood that Ryan helped separated the two men, not just the striker Patrick Agyemang, and that most players simply regarded it as the usual loss of temper that follows a bad defeat. Buzsaky was retrieved from the Watford kitman's room where he had gone to get warm and the team went back to London. Only the next day when a complaint was lodged did Magilton realise the severity of the implications for his own career.

It had been reported that Magilton butted Buzsaky when the player responded half-heartedly to a question during a post-match rant from the manager after the 3-1 defeat. This will be the crux of the case against Magilton who is adamant that he did not physically attack the 27-year-old winger.

The club announced yesterday that they would launch an "internal investigation" into Monday night's events although Magilton is now resigned to the fact that he has lost his job and will not be reinstated. The 40-year-old issued a robust statement through the League Managers' Association that signalled he would take the club to a tribunal, which could prove costly for Rangers if they cannot prove he attacked Buzsaky.

Magilton said: "While passions can run high in football, especially after a poor performance, I categorically deny any allegation of wrongdoing following Monday's fixture. I understand that the club has initiated an internal investigation, with which I will cooperate fully."

The mood among some at the club is that Paladini has been unhappy with Magilton after the 5-1 home defeat to Middlesbrough and the defeat to Watford have pushed Rangers off the pace in the Championship. Magilton is the fifth manager at the club since the takeover by a consortium including Bernie Ecclestone, Flavio Briatore and Lakshmi Mittal two years ago. It would be fair to say that little patience has been extended to any of Magilton's predecessors.

Paladini has put the under-18s coach Steve Gallen and academy manager Marc Bircham, both former players, in charge of the team.

Should Magilton be dismissed he will be able to take the club to a tribunal, which will make the final decision on whether he is eligible for a pay-out. Buzsaky yesterday went to the extent of denying that he had put in a transfer request as a result of the incident. Independent


Camp enjoying pressure at Forest

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp says he is revelling in the pressure of being part of a team chasing promotion to the Premier League.

The Reds have climbed 15 places to fourth in the Championship after a run of 12 matches without defeat.

Camp told BBC Radio Nottingham: "The pressure is on now to keep performing, keep getting the points and keep ourselves in the position we are.

"It's a nice position to be in and the club's buzzing."

Camp was Forest's man of the match in the goalless draw at Sheffield United on Tuesday - a result which closed the gap on second-placed West Bromwich Albion to five points.

He said: "If we're going to achieve what we want to achieve then everyone's going to have to muck in at some point.

"Sometimes away from home we're going to come under a bit of pressure and it's up to me and the boys at the back to hang in there."

This weekend the Reds go to fifth-placed Swansea and Camp believes the Swans' style of play may suit Forest.

"You have to adapt to all different types of game," he said. "Having known Paulo Souza from QPR, I'm sure it'll be a completely different game again.

"He believes in playing football, he's a big believer in passing the ball and playing the game in the right way. These are the games you want to play in." BBC

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