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Friday, January 15, 2010

The Perennial Internal QPR Club Source..."Hart Axed Over Long-Ball Tactics"


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Paul Warburton/Ealing Gazette - Paul Hart axed over long-ball tactics
- PAUL Hart’s refusal to play anything but the long-ball game cost him the manager's job at QPR last night after just five games.
Tuesday’s 3-2 home defeat to Sheffield United in the FA Cup in front of paltry 5,000-plus fans was the last straw for chairman Flavio Briatore – who pulled the plug on his 10th manager in just over three years and left Mick Harford to pick up the pieces for the second time following his five-game stint as caretaker in October 2007 - Harford will call on the assistance of Steve Gallen and Marc Bircham, who had a single game as caretakers against WBA last month, for the away match at Blackpool tomorrow.
- And taking caretakers out of the equation, 56-year-old Hart collects the dubious accolade of moving to joint-first in the club’s 128-year history of shortest in the hot seat.
Only Tommy Docherty’s first spell at the club in 1968 comes anywhere close when the Scot departed after just 28 days – the exact same number as Hart.
The former Portsmouth manager was never the board’s first choice anyway when they appointed him on December 17 – a day after Jim Magliton left ‘by mutual agreement’ following a bust-up with midfielder Akos Buzsaky.
But it’s understood main targets Alan Curbishley and Steve Coppell both wanted a pot of transfer cash to sign on the Rs’ dotted line – a demand too far for Briatore, who’s stubbornly refused to part with big transfer fees despite the club’s three millionaire backers.
- Although a row with midfielder Adel Tarrabt was first cited as the reason Hart was shown the exit, his route one tactics that employed striker Patrick Agyemang as target man and thus bypassed a midfield including £3.5 million record signing Alejandro Faurlin, was seen as a factor in the manager's short-lived stay.
An insider said: "QPR haven’t got the players to play long ball – it was suicide for Hart, and no good for the club’s ambitions." Ealing GAzette

QPR Official Site - CLUB STATEMENT Fri 15 Jan 2010
- The Club can confirm that Manager Paul Hart has decided to leave Queens Park Rangers Football Club with immediate effect.
- Assistant Manager Mick Harford will be taking charge of First Team affairs, starting with this weekend's Championship fixture at Blackpool.
- The Club will be making no further comment at this stage. QPR

Guardian -Paul Hart leaves QPR after just five games in charge, club confirms• Hart was the sixth manager of Flavio Briatore's tenure
• Reports of a falling out with board over transfers
- Press Association
".... Some reports today suggest he had fallen out with the Rangers board over transfers, while others claim he had argued with the on-loan midfielder Adel Taarabt...
"... Under Briatore, John Gregory, Luigi De Canio, Iain Dowie, Paulo Sousa, Jim Magilton and Hart have departed the managerial seat while Harford, Gareth Ainsworth (twice) and youth coaches Steve Gallen and Marc Bircham have had spells in caretaker charge.
Former Charlton Athletic and West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley has already been linked with the role. The Guardian

"...SunSport understands Hart's relationship with the board turned sour within DAYS of him taking over on December 17. The writing was on the wall as soon as Hart told his new bosses that he was eager to bring in SIX new players - and ship out SIX more - this month. A source revealed: "The club thought they were putting a steady hand on the tiller when they appointed Paul.
But it didn't take long for those upstairs to realise they had made a huge mistake in giving him the job. They wanted some stability but Paul wanted to replace half a team." The Sun

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