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QPR Suspend Manager Jim Magilton Pending Internal Investigation...Potential Managerial Replacements


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- QPR Suspend Manager Jim Magilton Pending Internal Investigation
QPR Official Site - CLUB STATEMENT- The Club can confirm that Manager Jim Magilton has been suspended with immediate effect, pending an internal investigation.
- The suspension relates to an incident which occurred at Monday's Championship fixture against Watford at Vicarage Road.
- The Club will be making no further comment at this stage.


Paul Warburton/London Informer -Magilton suspended as Coppell and Curbishley move into QPR pole position
- STEVE Coppell and Alan Curbishley have moved into pole position to become QPR's ninth manager in three years after Jim Magilton was sensationally suspended.
- QPR bosses were hoping Akos Buzsaky would have accepted an apology from Jim Magilton at least until after the away trip to WBA on Monday night - but the club have acted anyway to stop the rot of a lost dressing room.
- The Hungarian winger discussed things with his agent after allegedly being headbutted by the Irishman in the furore that is the fall-out from the extraordinary scenes after the 3-1 defeat at Watford on Monday.
- However, former Reading boss Coppell has already been lined-up as replacement, with Curbishley also in the running having settled his pay-off with West Ham.
- Both were sounded out in the summer before Magilton got the job.
- Chairman Flavio Briatore and his staff were more concerned the former Ipswich Town boss had lost the faith of players as well as Buzsaky, whose agent spent three hours on the phone to the Hoops’ hierarchy discussing his client’s situation.
- The choice of substitutes, the lack of fight as Rs surrendered to the Hornets having going ahead, and goalscorer Patrick Agyemang’s non-celebration of a goal that put his side ahead, were all on the agenda as Briatore returned from abroad.
- The club’s supremo has been kept appraised of the situation almost on an hourly basis, and watched the defeat on TV – the second in two days with QPR shipping eight goals in the process.
- Buzsaky came out of the dressing room, humiliated and forced to wander the stand among reporters and Watford staff for 30 minutes before assistant boss John Gorman came out to usher his player back inside.
- Players were banned from speaking to the media as they emerged an hour after a shouting match that’s understood to have some of the squad including Agyemang not only shouting back at Magilton - but squaring up to him as well.
- A senior player said: "It was a right barney in there. This sort of thing happens from time to time at a club – but this is the second time in three matches – with the first at Doncaster a couple of weeks back. After a bit, it loses its effect."
- The players and Magilton had the day off on Tuesday, and the frosty atmosphere at the training ground yesterday only heightened the need to suspend Magilton, with Gorman's future uncertain.
- The irony is that Magilton's departure before the televised game at WBA on Monday comes just over two years since John Gregory was sacked following the farce of a 5-1 defeat at none other than the same club. London Informer

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"Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad"

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

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