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Friday, December 10, 2010

QPR Report Friday: Watford Tonight...Warnock's View...Transfer Rumours...Ambose: No QPR Regrets...Alec Stock's QPR Appointment

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- Watford Tonight

NEIL WARNOCK is a manager that Watford boss Malky Mackay holds in high regard.

The former Sheffield United and Crystal Palace supremo may not be everybody's cup of tea - but the Hornets' Scottish gaffer is full of praise for the man leading the side he'll match up against tomorrow night live on the BBC.

"With the investment QPR have at their disposal, I felt what they needed was some clear direction and there's no question that what Neil (Warnock) gives them," said Malky, talking to watfordfc.com a day before the trip to Shepherd's Bush.

"He's a really good manager and there's no question that his side will be pose a big challenge for us.

"Neil's seen and done an awful lot in the game, and that can't hurt now he's having to deal with some big expectations at Rangers," added the Watford manager.

"He's got a passion for football that's unmistakeable. Experiences throughout his career seem to have stood him in good stead for the job he's doing with QPR."

As far as Watford's line-up for tomorrow is concerned, only Piero Mingoia (thigh) remains unavailable due to injury.

If you've been thinking of going and but haven't yet bought a ticket, don't worry: it's pay on the night at Loftus Road (cash only). Watford

Neil Warnock believes tonight's fixture against Watford kick-starts the R's toughest sequence of the season to date in the npower Championship.
Rangers welcome the Hornets to Loftus Road this evening for a live Friday night showdown on the BBC and Warnock told www.qpr.co.uk: "Tonight's fixture is the start of a very difficult run of games for us.
"I'll be delighted if we're still in the top two by the time we've played Burnley at Turf Moor in mid-January.
"By that time we'll have played everyone in the current top nine - with the exception of Cardiff City - away from home and with 20 or so games to go that should give us a clear indication of who will be around us for the final push."
Warnock added: "It promises to be a really exciting time and I still believe there's six or seven teams that could gain those two coveted automatic promotion spots.
"I know my lads won't take anything for granted and credit to them, they've gone about their business game by game since the start of the season and that's the way we'll continue over the course of the campaign." QPR

Scarborough Evening News - NEIL’S QPR HAVE THE BORO SPIRIT
- OUTSPOKEN QPR boss Neil Warnock has compared his promotion chasing side to the Scarborough FC side he guided into the football league over 20-years ago.
- The former Boro boss has started life at his latest club in fine fashion and sees his side sitting pretty at the top of the npower Championship, four points clear of nearest rivals Cardiff with a game in hand.
- And he sees similarities between his current side gunning for a spot in the Premier League, and his promotion winning side at Boro in the late 1980s.
- Warnock said: “We have a great dressing room here at QPR and a great team spirit.
- “And in there I can see a lot of distinct similarities to the side we had at Scarborough that was so successful in the 80s.
- “We had eleven voices in the changing room and if I did something they didn’t like I would certainly hear about it.
- “And that was really good to have there. We had a great team morale and a great changing room and I see that here.
- “I’ve always tried to get that at whatever club I’ve been at and it seems to do the trick.”
- “I’m quite proud of it really and I think the side I have here are more than capable of pushing on and getting back into the Premier League.
- “It would be nice to get back up there.” Scarborough Evening News

The Mirror/Jame Nursey - QPR line up double swoop on Swindon
- QPR boss Neil Warnock is considering a double raid on Swindon for Sean Morrison and Charlie Austin.
- Warnock wants to strengthen his unbeaten Championship leaders to ensure promotion to the Premier League.
- He wants a centre-back and a forward, and the Robins’ duo have been highly recommended after impressing in League One.
- Defender Morrison, 19, is highly-rated, while ex-brickie Austin, 21, has 33 goals in 57 appearances for the club since joining from non-league Poole Town. Mirror

Paul Warburton/Fulham Chronicle - Injuries could force QPR boss into the transfer market
- QPR boss Neil Warnock is ready to open his cheque book in January – but only if four games in nine days leave him with a collection of crocks.
- The Hoops manager is desperate to keep the momentum going of a table-topping first half to the season and win promotion back to the Premiership after 14 years.
- But if everyone comes through the holiday period unscathed - starting at home to Swansea City on Boxing Day – the manager will keep his purse strings knotted barring two signings.
- Petter Vaagan Moen has been training with the squad this week prior to the Norwegian international midfielder officially signing on the first available admin date after January 1.
- Warnock believes he has one other iron in the fire – but will only splash out when he has to, especially after turning down the chance of signing £3million Michael Chopra from Cardiff City this week.
- He said: “If I’m honest, there might be two at most coming in.
- "But we have to play four games in nine days, and who knows what that might bring?
- “If we get bad injuries to key players – all bets are off. If not, then we'll reset our sights for the summer if we get promoted.” Fulham Chronicle

Croydon Advertiser/Daniel Jones - Crystal Palace boss still keen on QPR midfielder Martin Rowlands
- CRYSTAL Palace are ready to make a fresh move for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Martin Rowlands when the transfer window opens again in January.
- We exclusively revealed on our website - www.thisiscroydontoday.co.uk/sport - that the Eagles were close to tying up a short term deal for the experienced Hoops star before the deadline for emergency loans closed two weeks ago.
- Rowlands is the longest serving player at Loftus Road and at the time was reluctant to leave the club he has played at for more than seven years, preferring to stay and fight for his place.
- But Rangers boss Neil Warnock has since made it clear the 31-year-old's chances in West London will be few and far between and has advised him his best opportunities for first team football lie elsewhere.
- Palace manager George Burley confirmed he had tried to get the former Republic of Ireland star in on loan and admitted he is likely to try again in the New Year.
- "Martin Rowlands is a quality player and I did speak to Neil about him before the deadline," confirmed the Eagles boss. "He could be one we go back to.
- "He's certainly the type of player we are looking for. He's proven and experienced at this level.
- "We have a lot of young players and we're looking for them to push on, but it's a tough division and it's important to have some older heads in there as well."
- Burley will be a busy man during the January window as he looks to add to his thin squad...." Croydon Advertiser

Croydon Advertiser/Daniel Jones - No hint of regret at not joining QPR for Darren Ambrose
- PALACE hero Darren Ambrose insists he has no regrets over his decision not to join high-flying Queens Park Rangers.

The 26-year-old came within hours of joining former boss Neil Warnock at Loftus Road in the summer, but pulled out of the move at the last minute and subsequently signed a new improved three and a half year contract with the Eagles.

Ambrose (pictured) has suffered a frustrating injury-hit season so far with struggling Palace and has watched unbeaten Rangers climb to the top of the Championship.

But despite the club's contrasting fortunes he is adamant he made the right decision and is convinced that better times are ahead for George Burley's team.

"I don't regret it for a second," he said. "You can't regret anything in football. I felt it was the right decision for me at the time and I still do.

"I always knew QPR would be challenging right at the top of the table.

"I was made promises here that we would be pushing forward. It hasn't happened yet and no one expected to be in the bottom three come December but it's still early days and I'm confident we are not far away from being a good team."

Ambrose said that he was always aware that progress at Palace may take some time after administration brought the club to its knees at the end of last season.

But he remains optimistic about the future and even refuses to rule out a late push for the play-offs this season.

"First and foremost we need to climb out of the bottom three. But three or four wins can see you climb the table so quickly in this division," he said.

"There are still plenty of points to play for, we aren't even half way through yet."

January promises to be an absolutely crucial time in the Eagles campaign, with Burley determined to add to his squad.

But equally important is Palace's ability to cling on to star men Neil Danns, Julian Speroni and Nathaniel Clyne.

The trio are yet to sign new contracts, but Ambrose is still hopeful they will follow his lead and commit to the club.

"I think it's massively important that they stay," he said.

"They are three of the best players at the club. I signed with the promise that we wouldn't sell our best players and I'm really hoping they'll stay.

"I'm friends with all three of them and I spoke to them at the start of the season about the situation. But they have to do what's best for themselves and their families.

"I just hope they decide to stay because I think this club can really kick on in the next few years."

Ambrose: My injury hell - page 76 Croydon Advertiser

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