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Sunday, October 24, 2010

QPR Report Sunday Snippets: Comments re Briatore, Lippi and Warnock...Flashback Dowie Axed

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Mirror's Michael Calvin - Neil Warnock is not everyone’s cup of Yorkshire Tea.
- He can be a cartoon Tyke, but I’ve a soft spot for him.
- Warnock was in character, laughing off suggestions he is keeping the QPR ­manager’s seat warm for Marcello Lippi.
- The suggestion came from Flavio ­Briatore, the posturing buffoon who uses Formula One as a Scalextric set.
- More brass than brains, as they say in Scarborough. Mirror

Des Kelly/Daily Mail - [b]Stop being Lippi and back boss, Flavio
- Queens Park Rangers sit on top of the Championship. They look a revitalised force on a mission to rejoin the elite for the first time in 15 years.
- That is largely down to their manager Neil Warnock, who is seeking to repeat his uncanny knack of achieving promotion by chasing the seventh of his career.
- There is no doubt Warnock has made a brilliant start to the season. So how has he been rewarded?
- Let's ask Flavio Briatore, QPR's disgraced former chairman. You'll remember him as the man who scurried for cover after being implicated in the Singapore 'Crashgate' cheat scandal.
It turns out, the Italian had a brilliant plan to motivate his manager.
- Not content with having been accused of orchestrating a deliberate car crash in Formula One, Briatore seems intent on driving QPR's promotion push into another brick wall.
He said that if Warnock's side reached the Premier League, he would install Marcello Lippi as boss.

Briatore blurted: 'Bernie Ecclestone and I have a 70 per cent stake in QPR.' (Since he didn't specify the cut, I'm guessing that split is Bernie 69 per cent, Big Mouth 1 per cent.)
'And if we were to get into the Premier League,' he continued, 'I have a dream - and that is to have Lippi as coach.'
How dispiriting it must be for Warnock to know that if he leads the club back into the top flight an investor will seek to replace him.

During Briatore's time as chairman at Loftus Road, Rangers became a football joke, using 12 different managers and caretaker bosses in a little over three seasons.
Rumours even circulated that managers were expected to abide by team instructions faxed in to them from the sunbed of a yacht moored somewhere in the Mediterranean.

It is surely no coincidence that as soon as Briatore disappeared from the scene, QPR shot to the top of the table under Warnock's effective stewardship.

Naturally, having seen the Italian's remarks, QPR tried some damage limitation, issuing the following statement: 'The board of directors - including Flavio Briatore - are 100 per cent behind Neil Warnock.'
Indeed. It's much easier to push someone from behind.
But just like Briatore, Rangers supporters also have dreams. They dream of reaching the Premier League. And they dream that a certain perma-tanned pillock would shut his trap, stop pretending he knows something about the game, and leave the manager to carry on his good work." Daily Mail

Dion Fanning Sunday Independent of Ireland

- "...Stan Bowles was at City at the same time as Allison and had a fist fight with him before he left and ended up at QPR.
- Bowles was once said to "symbolise nearly everything that mature spectators regard as wrong with today's game". I interviewed Bowles a few years ago in a pub in Brentford. Bowles was late for our 11.0am appointment and while I was briefed, as journalists like to say now, by a man from Wexford who was in there having a settler, a few others pointed out that it was very unlike Bowles to be late. As a gambler, Bowles knew that tardiness could be costly. Unfortunately, being punctual was even more expensive.
- Shepherd's Bush has always been the Irishman's stomping ground, with Goldhawk Road, a tattered boulevard for crazy dreamers and crazies who had run out of dreams.

Loftus Road has accommodated them all and in recent times the crazy dreamers are in the boardroom with men like Flavio Briatore. QPR are top of the championship and have appointed an unlikely manager in Neil Warnock. When you have had nine managers in three years (two of whom have been there twice), then you're bound to have had one or two who were unlikely.

Last week, QPR posted a statement on its website that said: "Following speculation in today's press, we would like to confirm that stories linking Marcello Lippi with Queens Park Rangers Football Club are completely unfounded."

In an interview to an Italian magazine, Briatore said he had a dream. In it he saw QPR in the Premier League where they would be managed by Marcello Lippi. The "unfounded stories" had come from the co-owner but the club denied them just the same.

Football is used to treating words as an inconvenience or as part of a negotiating position. They have never taken them seriously.

Things weren't any better in the past, some just survived it. But football was always about destroying the weak. There was no pastoral care in the golden age.

When Allison died, some said there were no personalities left in the game anymore. What was last week about but gripping, complex personalities? Their flaws are apparent to everyone and the mature spectator might think they are all that's wrong with today's game. But even the mature spectator is never bored.
Independent Ireland

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