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Friday, April 01, 2011

QPR Report Friday: Warnock Reflects...Warnock Morocco Trip...Two Youngsters Loaned...Mahon Speaks...Gallen's New Club...Bhatia and Sousa Flashbacks

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Yann Tear/Fulham Chronicle - QPR boss visits Morocco to lend support to Adel Taarabt
- NEIL Warnock says Adel Taarabt is in the right frame of mind to finish the task of getting Rangers promoted after missing the last game to cope with a family bereavement.
- The Championship player of the year missed his first club game of the campaign at Doncaster before the international break because of the death of a close family member and the QPR manager was sufficiently concerned to jet out to spend time with him in Morocco last week.
- Warnock took in Morocco's Olympic team in action as well as making sure he got to see Taarabt in his homeland.
- "I went to Morocco for four days and had a few hours with him on Monday night," said the QPR boss. "He's OK now and looking forward to the run-in.
- "I think he appreciated me going out to see him. I think it was important to show a bit of support for him. He's only a young lad of 21.
- "We don't often get a chance to chat like that and he was relaxed on his own territory. I had four or five hours with him." Fulham Chronicle

The Star/James Shield - Neil loves life south of the Watford gap
- HE is as Yorkshire as Henderson’s Relish and hob nailed boots yet the Big Smoke has rejuvenated Neil Warnock.

Less than five years after declaring he could never contemplate a move to London and only four since controversially parting company with the club he supported as a boy, the former Sheffield United manager is loving life in the capital.

“I didn’t think I’d ever hear myself admit this but I’m absolutely chuffed to bits that we came down here,” he told The Star earlier this week. “We’d have missed out on so much as a family if we hadn’t.

“We’re going for tea at The Savoy soon - something we’ve never done before and are really looking forward to - and then topping the night off by watching the Wizard of Oz. Brilliant.”

Not the most pressurised of pre-match routines but then times are pretty good at Queens Park Rangers right now. While United are embroiled in a desperate battle against relegation, their next opponents lead the Championship table by nine points and are seemingly destined for the Premier League.

Which is where, having delivered top-flight football to Bramall Lane in 2006, Warnock still believes Monday’s visitors to Loftus Road should be plying their trade.

The Carlos Tevez Affair - and the FA’s subsequent decision to fine rather than impose a more draconian punishment on West Ham for breaking rules outlawing third party ownership - effectively cost United their place among England’s football’s elite. And Warnock his job.

“We have no doubt that the services of Tevez were worth at least three points to West Ham over the season,” Lord Griffiths, who chaired an independent inquiry into the matter, later insisted. “And were what made the difference between West Ham remaining in the Premiership and being relegated at the end of the season.”

“Sheffield United would be there now if it wasn’t for the Tevez stuff,” Warnock said. “And nothing anybody will ever say is going to change my mind or convince me otherwise. Nothing.

“The ground had changed beyond all recognition with the development, crowds were on the up and I’m certain that if we hadn’t been relegated then we’d have gone on to establish ourselves.

“I can remember saying to the chairman at the time ‘Look at what Bolton Wanderers have gone on to do.’ That could have been Sheffield United. It was a massive turning point in their recent history without a shadow of a doubt.”

Smarting not only from the governing body’s lenient stance towards wrong-doing at Upton Park but also comments attributed to a member of United’s board following his departure, Team Warnock decamped south. First to Crystal Palace before his switch to QPR.

“I think coming to a different place really spurred me on. That and some of the things that were said when I left Sheffield. I’m not going to deny that.

“There was a part of me that thought ‘I’ll show you all.’ “I never believed that I’d like it as much as I do down here. But we’re absolutely loving it. It’s a great place to be. Things change don’t they.”

But not, it seems, Warnock’s ability to inspire players other coaches have discarded. Adel Taarabt, the Moroccan magician he rescued from the scrap heap at Spurs, is widely regarded as the competition’s most gifted talent while Heidar Helguson, the Icelandic striker Warnock’s predecessor Jim Magilton wanted to shove through the exit door, has also emerged as a driving force behind QPR’s resurgence.

“Heidar had been sent out on loan to Watford but he’s come back in and been so good there’s no way we could let him leave. He’s like Neil Shipperley who everyone thought was past it when he came to United but went on to have a massive part in getting us up. Shipps was anything but.

“People think we’ve spent a lot of money here but it’s the free transfers - lads like Shaun Derry and Clint Hill - who have given us the base that everyone else can build on.

“Clint, I’ve got to say, has been absolutely brilliant for me. A revelation.”

In a division famed for its unpredictable results, QPR have been unerringly consistent. They lock horns with United searching for their eighth win in 11 games, 14th on home soil and 22nd clean sheet of the season.

“It’s those unsung heroes who have given us that ingredient,” he said. “They’re the ones responsible for allowing us to keep pressing on.

“We’ve got eight games left now and we’ve got to keep doing that. But I’ve told the boys that it’s not going to be easy.

“There are no certainties whatsoever. Especially at this level.”

United hope he is correct. " The Star

The Star/MARTIN SMITH: Who’s a southern softie now, Neil? Friday 1 April 2011

HE’S 150 miles away, top of the league and king of a new castle.

Nine points clear in April, Neil Warnock is chasing his seventh promotion as a manager.

He knows the way from here.

Today at the Queen’s Park Rangers training ground at Harlington a quiet descends after the team’s morning workout.

Players busy themselves between boot room, shower and physio’s table. Talented, dreaming young men hoping to get a smile or nod from the gaffer as he passes by.

Then that unmistakeable Sheffield voice booms along the multi-doored corridor: “Andy!”

Andy attends, is given instructions and passes on advice.

Everything is different but somehow feels just the same as it did in Neil Warnock’s office as he prepares his Rangers side to face the team of his heart on Monday.

A win for Rangers will make them virtual certainties for promotion to the Premier League – and bring the drop to League One a step closer for United.

Next month it will be four years since Warnock’s United side were horribly, agonisingly relegated from the Premier League on the last day of the season.

The pain of that day still drives him.

“If anything the things that were said after we went down are my motivation,” said a Neil Warnock looking ridiculously healthy and relaxed for a 62-year-old football manager.

“That’s the reason I am where I am today. The hurt is the driving force. I got sick of thinking about Jagielka’s mistake and Danny Webber hitting the post. Such bitter feelings.”

After being persuaded to return to management with Crystal Palace Warnock joined nouveau riche QPR a year ago.

“I said Sheffield United would be my last job and I never thought I could live south of Watford,” he said.

“Now I’m here I don’t think I want to go north of it! I want to get this team promoted and get back in the Premiership and have at least one more season up there. When I came for the job I told the chairman I wanted promotion in a year and asked him if he would support me. Usually it’s the chairman who demands promotion not the manager.”

But it’s not just the football that turning Warnock into what he used to call a ‘southern softie’ when motivating his players to face London clubs.

He loves the life.

“It’s a different world down here, he said.

“You soon get used to the traffic and I only live about two minutes from Richmond Park. Sharon and I and the kids bike around there and we sometimes bike to Kew Gardens and have a picnic. There are so many things to see and do.

“I love going out on my own before a game and go off the paths into the woods in the park. I always bump into the deer when I go. It’s a fantastic place.

“I always have a talk to the deer, they are fantastic animals.

“We use to go to Chatsworth when we lived in Sheffield. It’s just great to get away out of mobile phone range and be away from everything. I can go out with problems in my head, relax and come up with answers without really having to work too hard at it while I’m out there.

“I love that, its the peace of the place that does it. There’s never anyone out in the woods.”

Despite his new-found love of London Neil Warnock is still a visitor to his home town. He was here last week and he’ll be here next week visiting his brother and mates in Burncross and Chapeltown.

“I went to the ground last week on the way from the Doncaster game,” he said.

“I said hello to some of the staff there, they always give me a good welcome. It feels strange driving into the car park though and not going into my office.

“I remember the first time I did that as manager. I sat there at the top of the car park looking at the south stand and thinking: “I don’t now how I’ve got here but I have.”

He might well be thinking the same about the Premier League in a month’s time.

But there’s plenty to do before then.

On Saturday night the Warnocks will be dining out in the West End to celebrate Mrs Warnock’s birthday.

On Sunday they may cycle to Kew or take the kids and dogs on a picnic in Richmond Park. Life in London is good for the Warnocks.

Samuel Johnson once famously said that when a man is tired of London he is tired of life.

Neil Warnock is clearly tired of neither" The Star

Two QPR Youngsters Go Out on Loan; Michael Doughty and Sam Bewick

Football Conference - Two More Loan Cards
31st March 2011
- Blue Square Bet South club Woking have made two more signings on deadline day by bringing in young midfielder Michael Doughty and striker Sam Bewick on loan from npower Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season.
- Doughty signed his first professional contract with Queens Park Rangers last month following his progress through the club's Centre of Excellence
- He made his debut for Rangers in an FA Cup defeat against Blackburn Rovers after came off the bench near the end.
- The 18-year-old midfielder, who has represented Wales at under-19 level, has scored fourteen goals in all competitions this season for the under-18s.
- Bewick has been amongst the goals all season for R`s youth side and is expected to be offered terms at the end of the campaign. Football Conference

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- Flashback: Mocking QPR Videos

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- The End of the QPR Apostrophe

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[Originally posted on Indys Site]

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