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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Curbishley or De Canio for QPR?...QPR Interest in Portsmouth's Steve Finnan...John Gregory: Could Have Been Next Alex Ferguson!


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FINNAN: Keen to move to QPR
- STEVE FINNAN is praying to be rescued from his Portsmouth hell - with QPR keen to snap him up.
- The former Ireland international wants out of Fratton Park as soon as possible and hopes former boss, Paul Hart, will pick him up in the bargain-basement January sales.
- Finnan, 33, has told his advisors to shop around for a move and is prepared to drop down to the Championship to get regular first-team football as well as regular payments.
- A source said: "Steve is deeply frustrated by the mess Portsmouth are in and wants away. He knows the club is going nowhere and he is keen to get his career back on track."
- The former Liverpool defender only arrived at Fratton Park from Espanyol last July, signing a one-year deal. News of The World

Mail on Sunday - QPR to make it 12 managers in four years with summer swoop for Curbishley or De Canio
By Rob Draper, Mail on Sunday Chief Football Writer
9th January 2010
- Queens Park Rangers will make their 12th managerial change in four years this summer with Alan Curbishley and former boss Luigi De Canio the two candidates to replace Paul Hart in the hot seat.
Hart, appointed following the dismissal of Jim Magilton, is on his way out of Loftus Rroad at the end of the season with owner Flavio Briatore determined that his next appointment will herald a new stability at Loftus Road.
Curbishley still has some loose ends to sort out after a tribunal awarded him £2million from West Ham for constructive dismissal but will be available in the summer.
- The Rangers hierarchy would also welcome back De Canio, who quit after eight months in charge in 2008 for personal reasons. He is currently in charge of Lecce, who are the league leaders in Italy’s Serie B. Mail

- Ex-QPR Josh Ford Joins Weston-Super-Mare

- Pellicori to Mantova?"

- Ian Holloway Criticizes Cardiff Fans

- Lee Camp Named Championship Player of The Month

- Managers of The Month Named

- QPR Football League attendances Up (QPR Attendances Down) - QPR Year-by-Year Attendances

Mail on Sunday - I could have been the new Fergie, laments John Gregory
- John Gregory may have vanished into the footballing backwater of Israel but a jaw-dropping interview with the former Aston Villa and Derby County manager shows he is still capable of ruffling the feathers of old rivals.
- Gregory, out of English football since being sacked by QPR in 2007, admits that he once considered himself the new Sir Alex Ferguson and criticises Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who between them have won considerably more trophies than the current coach of Maccabi Ahi Nazareth.
- Gregory tells Shem Hamisehak magazine: ‘I thought I’d turn into Alex Ferguson. Once a year a thought passes through my mind: what if I had been more patient? Had I kept my mouth shut, it might have happened.’
- Of Benitez and Wenger he says: ‘He (Benitez) is lucky to still be at Liverpool. At any other club he would have been long gone. He got it wrong when he went all guns blazing at the Champions League at the expense of the Premier League. He used to play with weakened teams in the League and over experimented with the tactics. I adore the way he (Wenger) plays, but he’s making a fool of himself if he thinks his defence is good enough." Mail

- Flashback: Tommassi Leaves QPR

- Flashback: Mick Dennis on QPR (and His follow up)

- Championship Form Guide for Past Six Matches (QPR showing Relegation Form)

- Chelsea Claim that Chelsea Fans Not Expressing Anti-Semitism with "We Hate Yids"

- Birthdays for Iain Dowie (45) and Marc Nygaard

- Cardiff Statement re Tax Payment

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