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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Another Warnock to Be Replaced Story: "QPR Want Ancelotti"


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MIRROR/Martin Lipton - EXCLUSIVE: QPR want Ancelotti as bossPublished

Carlo Ancelotti is set to be offered an immediate Premier League return with QPR.

Rangers boss Neil Warnock's leading boardroom ally vice-chairman Amit Bhatia walked out of the Loftus Road outfit yesterday after his bid to buy the club was rejected.

That left Warnock exposed, despite his superb achievement in steering the Rs from the foot of the Championship to Premier League status in the space of 15 months.

Now chairman and former Formula One magnate Flavio Briatore, who has looked at one sacked former Chelsea boss in Claudio Ranieri, is poised to make a move for Ancelotti, who was axed by Blues an hour after the Premier League season finished.

Bhatia's abrupt departure came as the club announced an effective season ticket price rise of 67 per cent for next season.

The former vice-chairman, son-in-law on Indian billionaire and minority Rangers shareholder Lakshmi Mittal, walked out after revealing his efforts to take over full control had been stymied by the board.

Bhatia said: "My vision and strategy for the club is very different from other shareholders and other board members.

"The recent decisions to sack club CEO and chairman Ishan Saksena and significantly increase season-ticket prices are just two of the decisions I disagree with.

"While it saddens me to leave QPR after such a successful season and at the beginning of an exciting new phase, I do not wish to be associated with or take responsibility for decisions made by the board and with which I disagree so strongly.

"I shall look forward to supporting the club as a fan next season and would like to thank Neil Warnock for his leadership and friendship over the past 14 months.

"It has been my pleasure to work with him and be part of the club's recent success and wish the club every success in the Premiership."

Fans groups were angered by Bhatia's departure, with Briatore and partner Bernie Ecclestone branded "an absolute disgrace" who had shown "total contempt" towards supporters.

But public promises about Warnock's future now appear less credible, with Briatore having his London base close to Ancelotti's home in Chelsea.

While it is thought the former Juventus and Milan manager has his targets elsewhere, his departure terms from Chelsea saw the previous clause preventing him from joining another Premier League club within 12 months rescinded. Mirror.

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