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Saturday, January 16, 2010

"QPR Are a Laughing Stock Run by Clowns"..."Loftus Road has become the madhouse of football"..."Rangers have Become a Joke Club, Run by a Joke Board

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Mark Lawrenson/The Mirror - "Why Sol Campbell owes Arsene Wenger a huge debt of gratitude, and QPR are a laughing stock run by clowns
- "...QPR are no longer a laughing stock - because everyone has stopped laughing.
The decision to sack Paul Hart - apparently over a row with on-loan Adel Taarabt - defies belief.
Let’s not kid ourselves here. Hart is paying the price for a disagreement over a player nowhere near good enough to get into the Spurs first team. That is why he's on loan from Tottenham at QPR.
Talk about backing your manager. This lot are all clowns" Mirror

Des Kelly/Daily Mail - "...Flavio Briatore, the butcher of Loftus Road- Four weeks ago, I pointed out that Paul Hart was ridiculously naive to believe Flavio Briatore’s QPR would be an ‘honest’ place to work. I predicted: ‘It’s not going to last, is it?’
- Even so, to hear he has been forced out after just five games was still a turn-up. Much more of this and I might have to ask for a slot on the astrology page.
- Having wrecked Formula One’s image with his cheating, Briatore is now destroying QPR with his arrogant incompetence.
- The perma-tanned, pudgy-faced Italian has seen nine managers come and go, including caretaker bosses, since he rolled into west London and began acting as if he knows it all, when it is clear he understands next to nothing about how a
successful football outfit operates.
- No manager in his right mind will work at Loftus Road. Rangers have become a joke club, run by a joke board, headed by a chairman who makes a mockery of sport. And the sadness is, none of it is remotely funny." Daily Mail

- Flavio Briatore has a reputation for interfering in team affairs

Saturday January 16,2010
- IT HAS become the worst job in football, the one which most managers involuntarily shudder at being linked with. So is there anyone out there who relishes becoming the next manager of Queens Park Rangers?
- Loftus Road has become the madhouse of football, driven and directed by owner Flavio Briatore, who hires with the kind of reckless abandon that highlights his controversial Formula One career.
- One manager linked with the job called it “a nest of vipers”, while others turn off their mobiles when they believe they are about to be approached.
- Briatore is driven by a restless urge for perfection – a wild, indiscriminate search for success. In his pursuit of the kind of glory that sated his appetite in motor racing, he has become the Italian axe man – a grey-haired guru with, it appears, little or no thought for the consequences of his trigger-happy temperament.
- Now the vacant manager’s seat at Rangers is about to be filled until the end of the season by one of the game’s hardest men. Perhaps only a legendary tough nut like Mick Harford has a chance of withstanding the chaos at the club.
- Former Luton and Rotherham boss Harford, who earned a fearsome reputation as an iron-hard centre-forward with Luton, Chelsea and Wimbledon, was placed in command after Paul Hart quit on Thursday night, having been in charge for just five games.
- Even by the turmoil that is QPR’s normal state of business, Hart’s departure was a shock. Former Portsmouth chief Hart, 56, was in situ for just 29 days, and Harford, who is now set to keep the job until the end of this season, becomes the seventh permanent – possibly – manager in just two-and-a-half extraordinary years at Loftus Road.
- It is understood that Hart, who was fired by Portsmouth earlier this season, walked out after rowing with on-loan Spurs midfielder Adel Taarabt and a major bust-up with Briatore.
- The bitter disagreement was over not only the funds being made available to Hart to strengthen an ailing team during the transfer window, but also over alleged interference in team affairs by the flamboyant Briatore – and not for the first time.
- It is, incredibly, the 11th managerial change at the club – if you include caretaker bosses, of whom Harford has been one – since Briatore arrived back in September 2007.
- Iain Dowie was also sacked under similar circumstances in October 2008, after just 15 games in charge. Altogether, Briatore has now seen off a collection of permanent managers including John Gregory, Luigi Di Canio, Dowie, Paulo Sousa, Jim Magilton and Hart.
- Alan Curbishley and Steve Coppell have already been linked with the hottest seat in the game, but the Daily Express understands Curbishley is not interested.
- Harford, who was Hart’s No2, takes charge for today’s trip to high-flying Blackpool, a side managed by Ian Holloway, who was in charge of Rangers some four years and 12 bosses ago.
- “ It is a sad occasion when a manager leaves his post, but that happens in football,” said Harford.
- “I have been given what I consider to be an opportunity to stake my claim for the job.
- “There has been no timescale put on this. Hopefully I will be here for a long time" Express

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