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Sunday, January 31, 2010

QPR Report Sunday Snippets...QPR and India...Flashback 4 Years: Ian Holloway's Last Home Game as QPR Manager

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- Because this is where QPR house their managers until they find a permanent abode - or leave!
- Mick Harford and Tony Coton moved in earlier this month. Unlikely they will be ordering any new curtains or sofas just yet." News of The World

QPR Official Site - R'S IN MUMBAI
Posted on: Sun 31 Jan 2010
- QPR's trip to host the Mumbai Soccer Challenge over the New Year proved a resounding success, as promising youngsters Shaun Fernandes and Hussain Vahanvaty did enough to earn the right to attend a six-week training camp at the Club's Harlington Training Ground.
- The sheer scale of the event was best demonstrated by the fact that in attendance was Minister of State for Civil Aviation Praful Patel, MP Milind Deora, Indian National Team Captain Baichung Bhutia, as well as QPR Vice Chairman Amit Bhatia and Managing Director Ishan Saksena.
- Under the watchful eye of QPR Youth Development Manager Steve Gallen, the Challenge was a unique five-a-side tournament involving municipal government aided and private schools and took place in South Mumbai.
- An incredible 2,000 children all participated in the event. Open to boys and girls, the challengers were aged from eight to ten and 11 to 14 years old. A total of 24 children were hand-picked to take part in a follow-up QPR coaching clinic, where the final two were selected to make the trip to West London.
- QPR Holdings Ltd Vice-Chairman Bhatia was delighted with how the event turned out.
- He explained how finding and promoting talent in Mumbai was always likely to happen at some point as a result of the Club's connection to India through himself and QPR shareholder Lakshmi Mittal.
- "With the Club having an Indian association, an initiative was always going to be on the cards," he said, "but it was about what we thought would be right. We have a QPR Football in the Community Trust and this fits there."
- "There is a difference between introducing and exploiting. Clubs need to be willing to spend resources rather than earning them.

"That's what we are looking at doing. We are planning long term. We want to give back and are showing our intentions from day one.

"We have been constantly keeping our eye on a few talented footballers from there. There were Visa issues but that hasn't stopped us from keeping track. I don't see why (having an Indian footballer at Rangers) is not a possibility."
- Bhatia also explained that such events are not all about marketing the Club. Indeed, he believes backing grass roots football is of greater importance.
- "We don't want to come here and sell jerseys and tickets," he added. "We wanted to do something from the grass roots level. Promoting talent in Mumbai is up there on our agenda."
- This view is shared by QPR Managing Director Saksena, who added: "Anything is possible. We have many age group teams and if they do exceptionally well, anything can happen.
- "Even if they fail to make progress, we will keep track of these kids in India and provide them with the facilities that they require. QPR will keep coming to India every year for such events."
- South Mumbai MP Deora welcomed a growing relationship between India and QPR, and he says that the rising popularity of the beautiful game in and around the country suggests that such a partnership can only be a successful one.
- MP Deora said: "Football is a rapidly growing sport with youngsters taking to it in large numbers.

"Besides bringing out qualities of teamwork and the spirit of fair play, the sport also provides an ideal platform for children to engage in both health and fitness activities."
- Fernandes and Vahanvaty will now travel to West London this upcoming summer and Gallen explained that if either of the two boys impresses, then their respective stays could last beyond the six weeks.
- Gallen said: "If they are good enough they might even get the chance to represent the Club in the future QPR

- Flashback: Four Years Ago Today - Ian Holloway's Last Home Game in Charge Vs Leicester-
January 31, 2006, was Ian Holloway's last time he was in charge of a game at Loftus Road as QPR lost 3-2 to Leicester. The following week, QPR played and lost at Leeds, with five players (three loans) making their debuts. It was announced that Ian Holloway had been placed on "gardening leave," after having expressed an interest in the Leicester City managerial job. (Prior to that Leeds game, Ian Holloway reportedly heard - not directy from QPR - that he was out. The official announcement was made a couple of days later)

That Last Home Game: January 31, 2006: QPR 2 Leicester 3
QPR - Royce, Bignot, Shittu, Santos, Rose - Ainsworth, Lomas, Langley, Cook - Furlong, Nygaard. (subs) Moore, Kus, Taylor, Donnelly, Baidoo.
Leicester - Douglas, Stearman, McCarthy, Kisnorbo, Johansson - Maybury, Williams, Gudjonsson, Hughes - Hume, Fryatt. (sub) Hammond, Wesolowski, Gerrbrand, Smith, O'Grady. QPR: Ainsworth (6) Shittu (83) Leicester Fryatt (10), Stearman (79), Hughes (88)
Ian Holloway has labelled the defeat to Leicester City as 'totally unacceptable.'"It' s hard to express just how dissapointed I am. Tonight was totally unacceptable. There were some individual performances that were unacceptable.
"The back line were shocking. I stuck with them after Luton and have they have done well for me, but that was awful. I've never seen so many errors in all my life. I've made one or two acquistions, I'll work with them and think about changing it about because that was unacceptable.''
Holloway had seen his Rangers side take the lead through Gareth Ainsworth with just five minutes on the clock, but a quick response from Matty Fryatt five minutes later levelled the scores.Richard Stearman's 79th minute strike gave Leicester the lead for the first time in the game, but despite Dan Shitttu's header nine minutes from time, it was Leicester who went home with the three points.As the clock ticked down, Leicester struck again through Stephen Hughes to kill any chance Rangers may have had of stealing the three points."I think our expectations need looking at. We need to take a right good look at ourselves. What investment have we had? What have we spent? How many injuries have we got. Gallen, Bircham, Rowlands, they're all quality players and I think we need to get real.
"I don't make excuses for my team, but tonight was unacceptable. That's the worst I've seen a lot of my players play for this club. It was a terrible night.'' QPR

".... "I've never seen such a spate of mistakes," Holloway declared. "It wasn't just one person - nearly every single one of my players played the wrong pass and our clearances were diabolical.
"That was my back four, that I've had for a while and I've showed faith in. But on this showing, it was back to the drawing board. Mentally, they looked the weakest team I've ever had.
"I've asked them all to go home and work out why they were so nervous or frustrated. That wasn't acceptable and it'll have to be changed - we looked like the side who were 13 points behind the other.
"For the first time, I can probably pick a whole new back four, if I want.
We've got some new people and maybe I'm going to have to work with them and get them out there." Kilburn Times

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