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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Change at Loftus Road: Gianni Paladini Departing?...Winton Thanks...QPR Award Nominees

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- Messageboard Rumours re Gianni Paladini Depature (or just a change in Title? [A couple of days ago, the QPR OFficial site identified Paladini as "QPR Holdings Ltd Chairman, Gianni Paladini." After a short time, the identifier was removed from the site post.]

[An Updated Twitter Post by Dave McIntyre: "Rangers I believe are denying there's any truth that Paladini is looking to stand down as sporting director" Twitter

Dave McIntyre
"This, I think, is how it stands: GP's resigned as sporting director & stays as club chairman until his future is decided at the end of March" Twitter

BBC - Gianni Paladini's future at troubled Championship club QPR is in doubt.
- BBC Sport understands Paladini has offered his resignation as sporting director after being barracked by fans during Tuesday's loss against Ipswich.
The Italian is expected to continue in his role as club chairman until the end of next month, when his position is due to be reviewed.
It will then be decided whether Paladini will have any further involvement at Loftus Road.
Paladini, a former agent, bought a stake in QPR in 2004.
He took control the following year after a boardroom dispute led to the ousting of - Bill Power as chairman and chief executive Mark Devlin.
Paladini remained as club chairman after a Flavio-Briatore led takeover in August 2007, and was later handed the additional title of sporting director.
Co-owner Briatore, who is chairman of the club's parent company, QPR Holdings, has been criticised following a series of problems on and off the pitch.
Paladini, who has had a major influence over transfer deals, has also come under fire.
QPR are currently 17th in the table - only two points off the relegation zone - and have lost their last four games.
Mick Harford has been in caretaker charge since Paul Hart departed last month after only five matches at the helm.
Hart was Rangers' eighth manager since 2006 and their sixth since Briatore's arrival. BBC

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And from the Winton Family

Posted on: Thu 11 Feb 2010

The family of QPR's Honoury Life President Harold Winton, who sadly passed away on Monday, have issued the following statement:

Dear all Staff, Management, Directors, Players and Supporters of Queens Park Rangers Football Club,

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for the amazing send off that you gave Dad at Tuesday night's game.

Knowing the wonderfully unorthodox nature of Dad, I'm sure he would have chosen to be looking down on W12 on Tuesday night rather than the family's own memorial service in W1.

He would have been deeply touched by the minute's silence, as we all are!

Unfortunately we weren't able to be at the game, but it's been caught on DVD and we should have it soon. This will provide an everlasting amazing memory and memorial to him that will be cherished by our family.

At a pretty difficult time for QPR, I think that the wonderfully observed minute's silence proves that there is still a tremendous spirit and togetherness at the Club.

We would like to extend a special thank you to all of the Club's Executives and Staff for ensuring this very fitting tribute was carried out so quickly and with such sympathy to the whole family.

Thank you all for always having been great friends to Dad.
Alex, Denise and Matt Winton QPR

QPR Official Site - R'S NOMINATED
Posted on: Thu 11 Feb 2010
The Football League has announced the full shortlists for 12 awards at the 2010 Football League Awards incorporating FourFourTwo's Top 50 Football League Players, with the winners set to be announced at a gala ceremony at Grosvenor House on Park Lane on Sunday 14th March 2010.

QPR have been shortlisted for the following categories:
Perform Best Marketing Campaign
Fleishman-Hillard Best Digital Content
The Football Foundation Community Club of the Year

A total of 35 clubs have been shortlisted for Awards, with only 13 clubs earning more than one entry.

This year's Awards have seen a 23% increase in entries with 295 submissions being received from clubs across all three divisions.

In announcing the successful clubs, Football League Chairman, Lord Mawhinney, said: "The annual Football League Awards gives us the opportunity to recognise excellence both on and off the field.

"I congratulate all clubs who have made the shortlists for this year's event. The number and quality of entries has been outstanding."

Andy Evans, CEO of QPR In The Community Trust, said: "Over the past year, young people from the West London community have been inspired through the work of QPR in the Community Trust and its great team of staff and coaches.

"We are very proud of the significant and growing role that the Trust plays in inner city London and also overseas.

"On behalf of all the staff and coaches at QPR in the Community Trust we are delighted to have been shortlisted for Community Club of the Year."

Expert judging panels were assembled for each category - including representatives of the media, the sports industry and The Football League - with the process of evaluating each entry taking place at Football League headquarters on 27th and 28th January.

The full list of shortlists for the twelve award categories are:

E.ON Family Club of the Year - Championship
Cardiff City
Coventry City
Leicester City
Plymouth Argyle
Preston North End

E.ON Family Club of the Year - League 1
Huddersfield Town
Milton Keynes Dons
Norwich City
Southend United
Swindon Town

E.ON Family Club of the Year - League 2
Shrewsbury Town

Perform Best Marketing Campaign
Cardiff City - Platinum Ambassador
Charlton Athletic - 2009/10 Season Ticket Campaign
Huddersfield Town - Keep It Up
Nottingham Forest - Mixed Family Area
Nottingham Forest - MOTIV 100% Challenge
Queens Park Rangers - Repositioning the Official Supporters Club
Southend United - Blues World Cup Winner Competition
Swindon Town - Stand Buy Me & Name In Lights

Fleishman-Hillard Best Digital Content
Cardiff City
Crystal Palace
Derby County
Nottingham Forest
Preston North End
Queens Park Rangers

CSI Sports Best Matchday Programme
Burton Albion
Huddersfield Town
Nottingham Forest
Preston North End
Rotherham United
Sc*n*horpe United
Southend United

The Football Foundation Community Club of the Year
Brighton & Hove Albion
Colchester United
Oldham Athletic
Queens Park Rangers
Southend United

The Football League Trust Best Community Project
Brighton & Hove Albion - 'Making A Difference' Disability Project
Huddersfield Town - 'Huddersfield Town Cheerleaders' Sports Participation Project
Notts County - 'Active Schools' Health Project
Rotherham United - 'United 4 Communities' Social Inclusion Project
Southend United - 'Goals!' Education Project
Southend United - 'Going Green With The Blues' Environmental Project

PFA Player in the Community
Andy Booth (Huddersfield Town)
Julian Bennett (Nottingham Forest)
Peter Leven (Milton Keynes Dons)
Zesh Rehman (Bradford City)

Championship Manager Apprentice of the Year - Championship
Adam Matthews (Cardiff City)
Lee Hodson (Watford)
Nathan Modest (Sheffield Wednesday)

Championship Manager Apprentice of the Year - League 1
Aidan White (Leeds United)
Pietro Palladino (Wycombe Wanderers)
Tom Adeyemi (Norwich City)

Championship Manager Apprentice of the Year - League 2
Christopher Brown (Rochdale)
Corey Barnes (Darlington)
Kyle Haynes (Cheltenham Town)

The Football League Awards will, once again, recognise footballing excellence on and off the field, with clubs and players honoured alongside fans.

There will be 19 award categories in total, including a range of football awards and industry-specific honours.

To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit www.footballleagueawards.com. QPR

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