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Thursday, January 28, 2010

QPR Report Snippets: Moritz Volz for QPR?...Harford: Stick Together...QPR Haiti Fundraiser..."Routledge is no Buzsaky"

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- Administrators Ban Crystal Palce's Victor Moses From Playing: Too Valuable an asset

- Football Support for Haiti

No Zimbabwean to Loftus Road: QPR Won't be signing Bhasera

- Antonio Caliendo vs Flavio Briatore?

- QPR1st Recommendation to Directors re Season Tickets

- Portsmouth in Trouble?

- Cardiff in Trouble

- Crystal Palace in Trouble...10 Point Deduction...Neil Warnock could be job Hunting (Note: QPR were reportedly, previously interested]

- Morritz Volz for QPR?

BBC - QPR eye ex-Fulham defender Moritz Volz
- Volz had a spell on loan at Ipswich last season
Former Fulham defender Moritz Volz is training with Queens Park Rangers ahead of a possible move to Loftus Road.
- Volz, a free agent after being released by Fulham last summer, recently attracted interest from German club Schalke, where he started his career.
- The full-back, 26, joined Arsenal in 2000, but did not make a league appearance for the Gunners before signing for Fulham four years later.
- He received a German international call-up in 2004, but did not play.
- Volz, who played 146 times for Fulham, ended last season on loan at Ipswich Town. BBC

- Mick Harford remains adamant the R's season is still very much to play for, but admits he will have to make a few unpopular decisions over the coming weeks.
- Defeat at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night saw the R's drop seven points off the pace in the race for the play-offs.
- However, Harford is confident the R's can turn the tide, commenting: "That (Nottingham Forest) result makes me stronger and more determined to stop the downturn in results which, of late, have been disappointing.
- "We must remain positive as a group. The staff, players and myself must roll up our sleeves and pull in the same direction.
- "I have faith and belief in this group of players at QPR to be strong, resolute, stick together and get the Club moving forward.
- "After two games in charge I will now have to make decisions about the team and the squad which are not popular, but are necessary." QPR

David McIntyre - BBC Sport (U1628513) - Routledge is no Buzsaky

Judging by some of the reaction to Wayne Routledge’s move, QPR fans would have broken the internet had it existed the day Rodney Marsh was sold.

Routledge is no Marsh of course. And he is no Roy Wegerle, whose sale to Blackburn left me as inconsolable as some Rangers supporters seem to be today.

More importantly, he is no Akos Buzsaky. And that’s the biggest reason I think the angst at his departure is misplaced.

I don’t know how much Newcastle paid to steal Routledge from under the noses of Middlesbrough, who expected to sign him today.

But I do know that if they at least matched Boro’s offer, which they surely did, then Rangers will bank at least £1m and probably around £2m.

In this era of undisclosed fees and misleading rumours filtering out of Loftus Road, the likes of Dan Shittu, Lee Cook, Dexter Blackstock and others are regularly said to have been sold for significantly more than they were.

But in the case of Routledge, Rangers really will bank around £2m and can justifiably claim to have secured an excellent deal for the club.

No doubt they will now be thinking of a response to try and appease the fans.

Well, if Rangers made a habit of making such a good profit in the transfer market, the club would be in a far better state and the fans wouldn’t need to be appeased.

In my opinion, Routledge is no more than a very good Championship player - as his spells with a number of Premier League clubs underlined.

Anywhere near the £2m mark is a good price for someone of that standard.

Of the many players Rangers have signed with their millions, Buzsaky is the only one with genuine top-drawer ability who could play at a higher level and would be impossible to replace.

Buzsaky, a much better player in my view, can simply slot in to replace Routledge on the right flank.

With the likes of Hogan Ephraim and Angelo Balanta also in the squad, there is no urgent need to replace Routledge and his sale was more than justified – not least because he wanted to go.

If Buzsaky is sold, then it really will be time to despair of the club and the failure of its owners.

Routledge did well and moved for a good price at a good time seeing as Rangers are, to some extent, having to rebuild after creating an expensively-assembled squad which will only take them so far.

That this rebuilding job is required only two-and-a-half years after a major takeover, and after a multitude of player transactions, is a more damning indictment of the regime than the sale of one player.

Routledge is an exception to the rule. Too often, Rangers’ transfer dealings have involved an appalling waste of money.

The fact they are now trying to offload the likes of Fitz Hall, Patrick Agyemang, Matteo Alberti and the unfortunate Rowan Vine is proof of this.

They have this week managed to get rid of Agyemang, who has joined Bristol City on loan with the prospect of a £450,000 permanent move if he impresses.

Alberti, who agreed a four-year contract when he was signed in 2008, is also on his way out.

So, some progress is being made in terms of reshaping the squad.

Whether it means Rangers will finally start to build sensibly remains to be seen.

Cutting their losses is all well and good, but means nothing if another batch of bad signings arrive.

A bid has already gone in for Ipswich striker Tamas Priskin, who has failed to impress since being signed from Watford for big money in the summer.

Rangers are interested in signing the Hungarian – an international team-mate of Buzsaky – on loan with a view to a permanent move.

A number of other players have been lined up, although in QPR Land the same can be said every week.

Half of Routledge’s transfer fee should be more than enough to vastly improve any Championship team.

Sadly, QPR have needed tens of millions just to go from being a bottom team to a mid-table one. This might be why many fans seem to think vast sums of money must be spent for the club to move forward.

For some time I’ve believed the best thing Rangers could do would be to put the chequebook away and stop making signing after signing in an attempt to somehow get it right.

They should put the Routledge cash away, and not throw money at the likes of Dave Kitson to try and clinch a signing to pacify fans unhappy at Routledge's exit.

They should ride out the storm until the end of another season in which supporters were duped into believing promotion was a realstic possibility.

Install a proper manager with a sound backroom and scouting team in the summer.

Only then should that chequebook reappear. BBC606



Posted on: Thu 28 Jan 2010
Football has joined international governments, charities and aid agencies in the battle to help Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake that hit the island recently.

The Football League has pledged its support to the recovery effort by placing the Disaster Emergency Committee's (DEC) Haiti Earthquake Appeal donation form inside every one of the 72 programmes over three weekends for free.

As part of our own pledge to support this worthy need, the Club will be holding a series of bucket collections around the stadium against Scunthorpe United on Saturday afternoon.

Members of our QPR in the Community Trust will be in and around the ground from 1.30pm, so please give generously.

Furthermore, programmes for matches in Coca-Cola League 1 and League 2 will carry the advertisement on January 30 and February 6 and it will also feature in all Coca-Cola Championship matchday programmes on February 6 and 13 giving fans across England and Wales the opportunity to donate vital money to the people of Haiti.

The full-page advertisement publicises the DEC donation line - 0370 60 60 900 - and includes means of donation by credit or debit card and cheque.

Gavin Megaw, Director of External Affairs at The Football League said: "The Football League is pleased to be working with the DEC to raise awareness of this cause. We hope our small gesture helps the humanitarian effort at such a desperate time for the people of Haiti."

Click here http://www.dec.org.uk/ to donate directly to the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal. QPR

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