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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

QPR Report Wednesday: Bid for Sheff Ut Goalie Kenny...Parrett Hits England Winner...Powell Retires

Ex-QPR Player Ivor Powell Finally Retires from Coaching - At Age 93: Ivor Powell played for QPR between 1938 and 1948 (with a sizable gap in the Middle - See Past QPR Profile/Interview

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- Ex-QPR Dean Parrett Scored the only goalin the England U-19 game vs the Republic of Ireland in the Ukraine, today.

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- Betting Odds: QPR's Championship Prospects in 2010/2011

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- Update/Profile re QPR's Axed-last-year Youth Coach, Steve Brown

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- Further Lakshmi Mittal Olympic 2012 Sponsorship

- Flashback: QPR's 2007/08 & 2008/09 Championship Odds

- 53rd Birthday Today for Former QPR (Briefly) Winger, Clive Walker

- Eighteen Months ago, QPR Signed Helguson

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- Peter Ridsdale and the missing £500,000

- Great Gesture by Millwall

- Non-QPR Football: Watch The Grass Grow

- FA's Non-Independent Chairman

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- Premier League Hit By New UEFA Rule (Might Impact on QPR)

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BBC - QPR bid for Sheffield United keeper Paddy Kenny
- QPR have lodged a bid with Sheffield United for goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, BBC Radio Sheffield understands.
- The offer for the 32-year-old Republic of Ireland international is believed to be just short of £1m.
- Kenny played just twice for the Blades this season after serving a nine-month ban imposed by the Football Association for failing a drugs test.
- A move to QPR would reunite Kenny with Neil Warnock who signed him for the Yorkshire club from Bury.
- The bid is thought to be some way short of Sheffield United's valuation of the player.
- They plan to hold talks with Kenny in the next few days in a bid to keep him at Bramall Lane. BBC

This is Devon - Grass might yet be greener for Mackie on Queens Park wings
- THE SALE of Plymouth Argyle striker Jamie Mackie to Queens Park Rangers has provoked a lot of comment among the Green Army.

Mackie signed a four-year contract with QPR, which shows you how highly Rangers' boss Neil Warnock rates him.

Even at a conservative estimate, that deal must be worth in excess of £1 million to Mackie.

One recent trend in football has been the reluctance of clubs — whether they are buying or selling — to divulge the transfer fees for players, and that was the case with Mackie.
- Argyle and QPR both described it as an undisclosed fee, but Herald Sport understands it was £500,000.

The cash-strapped Pilgrims will not pocket all of that, however.

When they signed Mackie from Devon rivals Exeter City for £145,000 in January 2008 they also agreed a sell-on clause for him.

They must pay Exeter 20 per cent of the profit they made on Mackie, and that comes to around £70,000.

Argyle will, therefore, bank a little less than £430,000 for the 24-year-old striker.

Some supporters were upset the Pilgrims did not receive more money for arguably the club's most prized asset.
- And they were also surprised Mackie was allowed to leave before Argyle appointed a new manager.

Perhaps, they have argued, Mackie could have been persuaded to stay, despite the club's relegation to League One.

After all, he still had another year remaining on his contract with the Pilgrims.

But the reality is Argyle are desperate for funds after losing their Championship status this season, and they had to cash in on him.

And, presumably, Mackie made it clear to them he wanted to sign for QPR, who are expected to be challengers for promotion to the Premier League in 2010/11 under the leadership of Warnock.
- Argyle went out of their way to state that Mackie had expressed 'a strong desire' to leave them.

I have always believed that if a player does not want to be at a club then, whatever the circumstances, it is best for all concerned to let him leave. Otherwise, you run the risk of them becoming a disruptive influence in the dressing room.

Now I am not suggesting that would have been the case had Mackie stayed with Argyle, but it will be of paramount importance that there is a good team spirit at Home Park next season after the bitter disappointment of the past campaign.

Mackie is a decent player, no doubt. But eight goals in 42 starts in the Championship last term, despite the team's struggles, is not an outstanding strike rate by any means.
- He had enough chances — either created by his own play or by his team-mates — to have easily doubled that tally.
- I believe, but I am not sure Mackie does, that his best position is out wide on the left.

He could then either cut inside and shoot for goal, or speed past the full-back and supply a cross for a team-mate.

Warnock has favoured a 4-3-3 formation over recent times, both at QPR and before that at Crystal Palace.

So it is possible Mackie could be one of the two wide attacking players for the west London club next season. He could flourish in that role.
- Mackie is not a natural goalscorer, whereas 19-year-old up-and-coming Argyle striker Joe Mason is.
He netted three times coming off the substitutes' bench in the Championship last season, and all of them were in and around the six-yard area.

They were the sort of opportunist goals that Mackie rarely converted. He specialises in spectacular, instinctive strikes.

Without wanting to put too much pressure on Mason, who still has a lot to learn, I do believe he has the potential to be a regular scorer in League One next season.

There will also be high hopes Bradley Wright-Phillips can stay injury-free and provide plenty of goals.
- Mackie's departure could be followed later in the summer by another of Argyle's strikers — Rory Fallon.
- The New Zealand international is currently preparing for the World Cup in South Africa next month.
- Herald Sport understands Argyle would not stand in the way of Fallon moving on, should he receive offers after the tournament...Plymouth Herald

Sheffield Telegraph - Clarke looks to QPR to fulfil ability!
By Dom Howson
- LEON Clarke is bidding to fulfil his potential at QPR after a mixed spell at Sheffield Wednesday.
- The burly forward was snapped up on a free-transfer by the the Loftus Road club last Friday, having been shown the door by Alan Irvine following the Owls' relegation to League One.
- Wolverhampton-born Clarke agreed a two-year deal at QPR and became manager Neil Warnock's second summer signing.

"People have spoken to me about my potential at other clubs and maybe I've not fulfilled it as much as I should have done," he conceded. "There have been times when I've played well in games but Neil says he wants to get it out of me week in week out.
- "His man-management skills speak for themselves and I'm hoping that he will bring the best out of me and that I can show my true potential on a consistent basis."

The 25-year-old enjoyed a brief loan spell at the R's four years ago while still on Wolves' books.
- By January 2007, Clarke had left Molineux and signed for Wednesday on a permanent basis in a deal believed to be in the region of £300,000.
He was soon loaned out to League One outfit Oldham where he bagged three goals in five starts.

After struggling to hold down a regular first-team place under Brian laws, Clarke was farmed out to Southend in August 2007 and the 6ft 2in striker plundered eight goals in 16 starts at Roots Hall.

On his return to Wednesday, Clarke fired two goals in the final two outings as the club retained their Championship status on the last day of the campaign after a comprehensive 4-1 triumph over Norwich.
Clarke struck eight times in the 2008/09 season while he managed just six last season.
- His final strike came in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace which condemned Wednesday to the third tier for the second time in five years. He had to be substituted after 49 minutes, as he damaged his toe during his goal celebration.

Now at QPR, who are closing in on Palace wide-man Darren Ambrose, Clarke said his main reason for re-joining the club was the prospect of working under former Blades boss Warnock.

"Neil had given me a call over the summer and told me that he was interested in me maybe coming down to QPR and playing for him," he said. "So I came down and spoke to him and we had a little bit of a chat and it just started from there really.

"He just spoke to me about the players that maybe he was potentially bringing in and the players that were already here, and his aim for the season was to get the club into the Premiership so I was really excited about it and he said all the right things to me which was nice.
- "Neil spoke to me about the type of players he wants to attract here, as well as the quality of the current squad. He's a manager who demands the very best from his players and I can't wait to play for him."
Warnock believes Clarke has a "lot of ability" and that he is a "gamble worth taking" as he aims to make QPR serious promotion contenders.
Asked if he has set a goal target for next year, Clarke added: "I don't like to set targets; I like to take each game at a time and hopefully the goals will come.

"My plan is to have a good pre-season, get to know the lads and take it from there.".. Sheffield Telegraph

FOUR YEAR FLASHBACK - Dunga Speaks About QPR-Sporting Life
- "Brazil legend Dunga believes QPR are capable of reaching the play-offs next season after becoming a director at Loftus Road.
Dunga - who captained Brazil to victory in the 1994 World Cup - was appointed a non-executive director of the club in September last year, when Gianni Paladini took over as chairman.
- "We need to look at getting into the play-offs," Dunga told the club's official website. "This is a big club, and it is what the fans want.
- "The most important thing is to build foundations here. You cannot always be changing from one day to the next.
"At any club, a manager needs to be given the chance to work effectively."

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