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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Taarabt-Warnock Relationship...Rowlands Returns...The QPR Takeover "Disclosure" Form...London Masters


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Millwall Official Site - Rowlands returns to Rs

- Midfielder Martin Rowlands has returned to QPR after his month-long loan spell came to an end.
- Rowlands has been restricted to just a brief cameo appearance against Burnley and manager Kenny Jackett concedes the good form of others has seen chances limited for the former Brentford man: "We have had a good run of results and no injuries have opened up the situation for Martin," he said.
- "I had Liam Trotter and Tam Mkandawire in midfield and they both did very well. There may have been a situation where I would have had to play Tam at centre back, allowing Martin to come in, but the defenders have done well too.
- All the same, we would like to thank him for all that he has done for us." Millwall

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THE SUN/Charlie Wyett - Taarabt: Neil is a dad to me

ADEL TAARABT has revealed how he sees QPR boss Neil Warnock as a father figure — and Arsenal star Marouane Chamakh as his brother.

The Moroccan international is reveling in his status as the newly-crowned Championship Player of the Year after helping Rangers to the brink of promotion.

Taarabt, 21, has been a sensation since his switch from Spurs, where boss Harry Redknapp said the player had more talent than Luka Modric — but did not work enough.

He said: "For me, I am a player who works with affection. My family is not here so I need people who love me and trusts me.

"Sometimes, I do not play two or three games well but they say 'don't worry, you will still play.'

"I didn't play at Spurs and people said 'English football is not for you' and you have to go to Spain, France or Italy because you are more technical'.

"In the summer, Warnock was calling me every day saying 'I want to sign you, I want to sign you - I want to make you one of the best players in the world'.

"He even came to Morocco, he called me but I did not want to see him - and then we spoke and he said ' I want you to come'.

"I then thought, 'I will never have another manager like this in my life'. A manager who wants you to be like his son.

"I will never find this again. He has been like a father.

"I told my family that I was going to sign for QPR as I trusted the manager. I am happy I am here."

Fellow Moroccan Chamakh is a close friend and he came to Sunday night's Football League awards ceremony in central London.

Taarabt added: "Off the pitch, Marouane is my big brother. All the time. He calls me, stays with me - he is fantastic with me.

"For me, Marouane has experience he has played in France and I helped him about the life in London. He plays for Arsenal and has done well.

"I was happy for Marouane but I know when a French-based player comes here the best club to go to is Arsenal.

"They will create chances and I was happy he scored 10 goals. He now has a difficult time with Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner.

"I play with him in the national team but it would be fantastic to play with him. But I want to play for QPR in the Premier League."

Taarabt admits he knew it was time to leave Spurs when Redknapp starting bringing in new players.

He said: "I had a couple of very difficult years at Spurs so to go one League lower and to be voted the best is fantastic.

"I am happy to have this trophy. It was my target at the beginning of the season.

"Harry told me before I left 'the quality you have got, even Modric does not have your talent. But if you do not work, you will not make it. '

"He said for me to stay at Spurs and if I worked, he would play me.

"But after Spurs spent so much on players, I knew I would not have a chance and did not have time to wait." The Sun

SKY/Pete O'Rourke - Taarabt hails Warnock - Rangers captain happy with life at Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers star Adel Taarabt has paid tribute to Neil Warnock for getting the best out of him.

The 21-year old was rewarded for his sparkling form this season by being named Championship Player of the Year at the Football League awards over the weekend.

Warnock has helped the mercurial Moroccan curb his temper after a difficult and frustrating time at Tottenham.

Taarabt puts his fine form and new-found maturity down to the impact of Warnock and his family who have helped him settled into life at Loftus Road.

"I've been here only a year, it has been so quick and I am very happy," said Taarabt in The Times.

"I have found a home and a family. Warnock's wife has looked after me and his kids have been like family to me.

"I cannot describe our relationship. Sometimes I think God has brought this guy to me, I am a very difficult guy to control but Neil does it.

"It is special between me and him, he changed my life. He tells me to just go out onto the pitch and enjoy it.

"After all that he has given me I try and repay him.

"I was at Spurs and had a very difficult time. I wanted to show what I can do and to prove to people. I want to go back to the Premier League." SKY


npower Championship Player of the Year Adel Taarabt has reiterated his desire to stay at QPR for the long-term.

Taarabt, who scooped the prestigious crown at a glitzy awards bash in London on Sunday night, has constantly been linked with a move away from Loftus Road, but the R's skipper revealed in no uncertain terms where his future lies.

"I want to help take this Club to the Premier League," he told QPR Player, in an exclusive interview to be viewed later today (Tuesday).

"I want to stay at QPR and play for Neil Warnock.

"I think as long as he is here I will be here too."

Taarabt, whose 15 goals and 15 assists have made him the stand-out performer in the second tier so far this season, added: "I'm very happy to win this award.

"This award is for me, my team-mates, the fans and the Club in general.

"The fans have been fantastic for me. I feel really close to them. I have never had this kind of support."

*You can see more of this exclusive interview with Adel Taarabt on QPR Player later today (Tuesday). QPR

Daily Mail - Rangers captain Taarabt's grief after cousin is shot dead in Marseille By Sami Mokbel and Ivan Speck 22nd March 2011

Championship player of the year Adel Taarabt was pulled out of Queens Park Rangers' victory at Doncaster on Saturday after being told his cousin had been shot dead. But the brave midfielder only agreed to miss the clash under orders from manager Neil Warnock.

Taarabt, 21, had received a phone call at 10.30am on Saturday informing him that the family member had been killed in Marseille. Despite being distraught at the news, the Rangers skipper insisted he wanted to play.

But after a heart-to-heart with Warnock, whom Morocco star Taarabt has described as a father figure, he agreed to return to London.

Warnock has told him not to return to England until Friday, April 1, so he can spend time with his grief-stricken family, but the player has still joined up with his international team-mates ahead of Morocco's clash with Algeria on Sunday.

QPR don't play again until April 4 and Warnock told Sportsmail last night: 'Everyone at the club sends their condolences to Adel and his family. It is testament to him that he wanted to play, but at the end of the day it's just a game of football and I told him that. Family is, and always will be, more important.'

Taarabt put the tragedy to one side on Sunday night when he collected the Football League award. It was just reward for the way Warnock has moulded the flair of the former Tottenham man to his own reputation for pragmatism.

And Taarabt revealed the way his Loftus Road boss had inspired his progress after convincing him to turn a loan move from Spurs into a permanent deal.
"Warnock wants to make me a world beater"

'He called me every day in the summer, saying, "I want to sign you. I want to make you one of the best players in the world",' said Taarabt.

'I didn't reply but he was still calling me. He even came to Morocco for five days and I didn't see him. He called me and called me and I didn't want to see him.

'After I went back to Spurs, he said, "I want you to come". I thought to myself I will never have a manager like this in my life, one who wants to treat me like his son. So I spoke with my family and said, "I'm going to sign for QPR. This manager, I trust him".

'I work best with affection. My family is not here, so I need people who are loving me, who trust me. Even if I don't play well for two or three games, he doesn't put me on the bench. He says, "Don't worry, you will play". That's what I need and Neil did it well.'
Spot on: Taarabt has starred for QPR this season

Warnock's own touch of genius has been to persuade his senior pros at Loftus Road - the likes of Shaun Derry, Paddy Kenny and Clint Hill - to indulge Taarabt's tendency for selfishness on the pitch while nudging him ever closer to embracing the team ethic.

Making Taarabt captain stressed to the player that he was the team's leader, if not in words, then deeds. Even when the youngster had a strop and turned his back on the play just before half-time at Hull in January, asking to be taken off, Warnock refused to castigate him publicly. The payback will be promotion.

'They know that before this year I would do that seven or eight times,' said Taarabt. 'This year I did it once. They know how I am and they know how much I have changed. Afterwards I said sorry to the team and the manager and they understand.'

Taarabt's other influence in England is his compatriot and Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh, whom he describes as 'a big brother'.

As for his adopted father, Warnock feels blessed to work with such inspiration in his managerial dotage.

'Somebody told me he'd cost me my job if I played him but I just had a feeling about him,' said Warnock. 'The game is so robotic at times and he's been a breath of fresh air.' Daily Mail

QPR Holdings Limited - Form 8 (OPD) QPR Holdings Limitedafxcnf

Press Release Source: CNF 11:05, Friday 18 March 2011


PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE BY A PARTY TO AN OFFERRules 8.1 and 8.2 of the Takeover Code (the "Code")


(a) Identity of the party to the offer making the disclosure:

QPR Holdings Limited

(b) Owner or controller of interests and short positions disclosed, if different from 1(a):


(c) Name of offeror/offeree in relation to whose relevant securities this form relates:

QPR Holdings Limited

(d) Is the party to the offer making the disclosure the offeror or the offeree?


(e) Date position held:

18 March 2011

(f) Has the party previously disclosed, or is it today disclosing, under the Code in respect of any other party to this offer?




(a) Interests and short positions in the relevant securities of the offeror or offeree to which the disclosure relates

Class of relevant security:

QPR Holdings Limited Ordinary Shares of £0.01 each


Short positions



(1) Relevant securities owned and/or controlled:


(2) Derivatives (other than options):

(3) Options and agreements to purchase/sell:


TOTAL (Euronext: FP.NX - news) :


(b) Rights to subscribe for new securities

Class of relevant security in relation to which subscription right exists:


Details, including nature of the rights concerned and relevant percentages:


(c) Irrevocable commitments and letters of intent

Details of any irrevocable commitments or letters of intent procured by the party to the offer making the disclosure or any person acting in concert with it (see Note (Stockholm: NOTE.ST - news) 3 on Rule 2.11 of the Code):




Details of any interests, short positions and rights to subscribe of any person acting in concert with the party to the offer making the disclosure:

See below

Persons acting in concert with QPR Holdings Limited

Number of Ordinary Shares held

Percentage of issued share capital

Sea Dream Limited



Bernard Charles Ecclestone



Sarita Capital Investment Inc



Lienka Consultants Limited ('Lienka') is also a person acting in concert with QPR Holdings Limited and has an indirect interest in QPR Holdings Limited by virtue of its majority direct shareholding in Sarita Capital Investment Inc. Lienka is the trustee of the FB Trust, of which Flavio Briatore is currently the sole discretionary beneficiary.



(a) Indemnity and other dealing arrangements

Details of any indemnity or option arrangement, or any agreement or understanding, formal or informal, relating to relevant securities which may be an inducement to deal or refrain from dealing entered into by the party to the offer making the disclosure or any person acting in concert with it:


(b) Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives

Details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding, formal or informal, between the party to the offer making the disclosure, or any person acting in concert with it, and any other person relating to:

(i) the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option; or

(ii) the voting rights or future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to which any derivative is referenced:


(c) Attachments

Are any Supplemental Forms attached?

Supplemental Form 8 (Open Positions)

Supplemental Form 8 (SBL)

Date of disclosure:
18 March 2011
Contact name: Ian Taylor
Telephone number:+ 44 (0)20 8740 2541


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