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Sunday, January 17, 2010

QPR Report Sunday: Hart Departure...Coton Arrival?...Routledge Unhappy Exit?...Briatore Flashback: QPR Will Challenge Milan Within Four Years

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Sunday People/Dave Kidd - Hart quit over player bust-up
Paul Hart left QPR after a bust-up over player recruitment.
Rangers sources say Hart had agreed to work with the club's existing squad when he took over at Loftus Road just last month.
But after sending on-loan players Ben Watson and Tom Williams back to their parent clubs - Wigan and Peterborough - Hart was demanding reinforcements.
Hart was also unhappy about a clause in the terms of Adel Taarabt's loan move from Tottenham saying that the Moroccan midfielder had to play when fit.
Both sides agreed to a parting of the ways after just four weeks - a short reign even by Rangers' bizarre standards.
Hart was also rumoured to be unpopular with Rangers players, who were said to be unhappy with his training methods. People

Sunday People/Dave Kidd - Snow hope for QPR boss
Paul Hart was appointed manager of QPR on December 17, just as the cold snap brought the south-east's first significant snow fall of the winter.
Hart was sacked on January 14, the day the mercury rose and the white stuff began to thaw.
Apparently Hart was dismissed after players complained his training methods were 'unimaginative'. Given that the training ground must have been frozen solid throughout Hart's entire reign, this may have been considered a bit harsh at any club other than Queens Park Rangers. People

Two Year Flashback: : January 17, 2008:
Daily Mail - QPR supremo Flavio: Within four years we will challenge Milan in Europe

- Flavio Briatore today promised to take Queens Park Rangers from the Championship into the Champions League within four years. The club's multi-millionaire owner also revealed he had been part of Bernie Ecclestone's bid to buy Chelsea, only for them to lose out to Roman Abramovich.
- Rangers are 20th in the table and just three points off the relegation zone but Briatore believes the club can achieve his dream thanks to their new-found financial muscle-power.
- Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal, the fifth richest man in the world, are also on the board and
- Briatore insisted: "Within four years we will challenge Milan in Europe. Our programme is to reach the Premier League within three years. -
- "I want to be in Europe within four years. It would be great to challenge Milan. Briatore against [Adrian] Galliani [Milan president].
- "I love football. But buying a football club is not what the doctor ordered so you need to enjoy yourself.
- "That's why I got Bernie Ecclestone involved emotionally. I don't think he even knew QPR existed.
- "To be honest, Bernie and I tried to buy Chelsea three months before Abramovich.
"But Roman put in an offer that was far more interesting than ours."
Briatore joked about how, in London, billionaire Abramovich was considered "poorer".
- "For sure,"he told Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera. "Ecclestone and I have 70 per cent of the shares but one of my good friends, Lakshmi Mittal, has 20 per cent and he has a fortune estimated at around 60billion euros (£42bn)." Daily Mail

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