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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

QPR Report Wednesday Snippets: Taarabt Hitch?...Bircham Podcast...Warnock's Prospects...Championship Previews

- Vine and Pellicori at Richmond and Hampton---See Other Recent QPR Photos By Photographer Ian Bines
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- Listen to Marc Bircham and Others Football League Podcast

- Football League Clubs Approve New Rules re Ownership Disclosure/Reporting Requirements, etc.

Paul Warburton/Fulham Chronicle - Adel Taarabt's QPR move stalls
- ADEL Taarabt's move to QPR has stalled.
- The rubber stamp on bringing the Moroccan midfielder to Loftus Road on a £1millon deal hinges around the Spurs star’s signing-on fee.
- The 21-year-old who dazzled fans last season on loan wants the money up front – Rangers want to spread the payments over 12 months." Fulham Chronicle

- QPR Offer Tenth Most Expensive Tickets in England

- High Praise for Wycombe Captain, Gareth Ainsworth

- Audio: Relisten to Neil Warnock on Last Night's BBC's Five Live

- Next: Barnsley at Loftus Road

- Video Snippet: From March 1974 - QPR's Quarter Final game vs Leicester City at Loftus Road.

- Speculation about a QPR interest in Marlon King is evoking very strong responses from QPR fans on the various QPR messageboards.

- Hendon Defeat Young QPR Team

- New Rules for Premiership Ownership

- Jay Simpson to Hull for a Million?

- Assessment of Luigi De Canio's Lecce's Prospects

- Plymouth Defender rejected a few months ago by QPR wanted by several clubs

- The Ref for the Opening Game vs Barnsley is James Linington

- Season Ticket Sales Numbers: Up to 6,813

- Fulham Finances. Fulham Debt

- Current Championship Promotion Odds



The latest: The Football League Preview "...QPR are another team who could be back amongst the top sides in the division, now they appear to have some stability in the form of Neil Warnock, a Manager who has been there, done it and bought the t-shirt. He is embarking on his first full season at the club and has been busy in the transfer market signing six players including Paddy Kenny, Clint Hill, Leon Clarke and Shaun Derry." Football League

Standard/Ian Gibb - Neil Warnock insists that it’s death or glory for QPR

If Neil Warnock's players have holidayed half as vigorously as their manager, Queens Park Rangers will be fit to storm the Championship this season.

Warnock chose to forego the pleasures of lying on a Barbados beach contemplating his navel and the shape of his comparatively new team for the kind of adventure the Famous Five would have adored.

He said: “We went up to a log cabin in Scotland, where (my wife) Sharon's grandparents live, and did everything. We quad biked over fantastic terrain, went horseriding, fishing, cycled out for half a day, then half a day back. Just a fantastic old-fashioned holiday.

“We skinny-dipped in this deepest, fresh water pool among the rocks that you've ever seen. All the family jumped in, one after the other. I couldn't see the players jumping in like that!”

All of which has left Warnock in the rudest of health to attack the Championship playing the kind of football that he swears the punters will love.

“I want to enjoy myself this season,” said the 61-year-old. “No going away and trying to nick a result. We're going for the win, every time, home and away. Death or glory stuff if you like.
“The fans have been brought up on good play. That's what I want.”

Not that he's been stopped from getting in the kind of warriors who will certainly pass the ball about.

That means characters like Shaun Derry to stiffen the midfield and Clint Hill for his defensive steel and ability at set-pieces first fashioned at Stoke before Warnock took him to Crystal Palace along with Derry.

Blackpool's promotion to the Premier League gives Warnock hope that QPR can follow suit.

He said: “Just look what they achieved last season by playing good football. Yet when they came to Selhurst Park around March time we did them 4-1 and poor old Ian Holloway looked like he was going to commit suicide.

“They say we're favourites because of our backers, but we haven't spent a lot.”
Despite shareholders including billionaire

Lakshmi Mittal and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, the arrivals have included Bosman deals for the former Palace pair and Sheffield Wednesday striker Leon Clarke while some money has been spent on Plymouth striker Jamie Mackie and Sheffield United keeper Paddy Kenny. The purse strings are about to be loosened, though, as they are on the verge of completing a £1million deal for Tottenham midfielder Adel Taarabt, who was on loan at Loftus Road last season.

Amd with Warnock still keen on a couple of strikers don't be surprised if QPR keep up their interest in Reading's former Palace and Watford winger Jobi McAnuff, even if they may disagree with the £1.5m price-tag.

QPR began pre-season with a couple of overwhelming wins over non-League opponents down in the west country before going to Italy and easily beating a couple of their lower tier clubs. Having been held 1-1 by Plymouth last week, QPR are now focused on their Championship campaign which starts at home to Barnsley on Saturday and is followed by a trip to Warnock's first love, Sheffield United.

Strongly fancied Middlesbrough are early visitors to Loftus Road so it should be apparent quite early if QPR are ready to go for promotion.

If they achieve it, maybe as a reward Warnock will take his players back up to that Scottish rock pool for some skinny dipping. The mind boggles. Standard

Antonio German: Kilburn Times/Ben Kosky - QPR youngster happy to be a loan
04 August 2010

QPR striker Antonio German is aiming to emulate Jermain Defoe if manager Neil Warnock opts to send him out on loan this season.

Warnock wanted to offer the 18-year-old a loan spell when he took over at Loftus Road in March, but shelved the idea due to a dearth of forwards in his squad.

Since then, though, the Rangers boss - who watched German score both goals in Saturday's 2-1 friendly win at Hampton & Richmond Borough - has signed Jamie Mackie and Leon Clarke and brought Heidar Helguson and Patrick Agyemang back into the squad.

And German has cited the example of Tottenham and England striker Defoe - who went to Bournemouth as a teenager and broke the League record for consecutive scoring appearances - as proof of the benefits of the loan scheme.

"It's nice to come off the bench and get a couple of goals," German told the Times. "The manager's told me to be a nuisance and I'll score goals - at the moment it seems to be paying off.

"Going on loan could be a good move - he's spoken to me about it before and I'd like more experience of playing football for three points. It's more competitive than reserve games and I think you learn a lot more.

"It could be very good for me long-term. I've seen Defoe do it - he went on loan and scored loads of goals, then came back to his parent club and carried that form on.

"But it's up to the manager - if he wants me to stay I'll happily stay. If I do then my target will be to start a couple more games for the first team, hopefully score and then maintain my place.

"I look at the other strikers at QPR and feel I could learn a lot from them, but I also tell myself that I want to get ahead of them and be in the team instead of looking up to them all the time."

The teenager, who grew up in Harlesden, actually had a brief loan spell with Aldershot Town last autumn, but returned to Rangers and scored on his full debut at home to Doncaster in February.

Ian Hodges headed Hampton & Richmond in front 10 minutes into the second half of Saturday's game, but German - who came on as a half-time substitute - levelled with 20 minutes remaining.

And the youngster grabbed the winner from close range five minutes from time, pouncing after the goalkeeper had saved his initial effort. Kilburn Times

Kilburn Times -By Dave McIntyre and Ben Kosky - Rowan ready to pack his bags at QPR

ROWAN Vine has confirmed he expects to leave QPR soon on a free transfer after beginning negotiations to cancel his contract.

The Rangers forward has been frozen out during pre-season, featuring in the reserves instead of the first team, and is anxious to reignite his career away from Loftus Road.

The Rs attempted to loan him out on more than one occasion last season, but are now resigned to cutting their losses and reaching a settlement on the final year of Vine's contract.

"I had a couple of conversations with the manager and he told me that it's going to be tough for me to get into the team," said Vine.

"The club have a plan in terms of what they want to do. They think it's best that we come to an agreement, then I can be a free agent and, if it's going to go that way, then obviously I need to do the best I can for myself after leaving QPR.

"In terms of other clubs, there's nothing concrete right now. The main thing at the moment is to sort things out with QPR.

"It's now clear that I won't be going out on loan or anything like that - it's going to be a free transfer and then seeing who's interested. I feel I'm getting fitter by the day and the main thing now is to play more games.

"I'm still fully confident and will be looking to play at the highest level I can.

"If I don't get a club in the Championship then I will be disappointed, but I know the bottom line is that I have to go and get some football."

The 27-year-old first joined Rangers on loan from Birmingham City in October 2007 and completed a permanent £1m transfer three months later.

He was one of the key figures in the Rs' rise up the Championship table in the second half of that season, but then suffered a broken leg in a freak training ground collision with goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

Although Vine finally returned to action a year later, he struggled to reproduce his previous form and was unable to hold down a regular place in the Rangers side last season. Kilburn Times

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