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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

QPR Report Tuesday: Warnock Loses Out on Award

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Warnock "Loses Out" on Manager of the Year Award

League Managers Association

At tonight’s League Managers Association 19th Annual Awards Dinner hosted at The Hilton, Park Lane, London, Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson CBE was honoured with the prestigious LMA Manager of the Year Award. The award, sponsored by Barclays, is voted for by the LMA members which includes all the managers from the top four professional leagues in English football.

Sir Alex Ferguson has earned the award as recognition for Manchester United’s excellent season winning the Barclays Premier League title, the 12th title of Ferguson's reign, as well as reaching the UEFA Champions League final for the third time in four seasons. This is in addition to reaching the semi-finals of The FA Cup and the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.

The league triumph also set a record in English football as Manchester United achieved the 19th league title in the club’s history.

In addition to the LMA Manager of the Year, Fergsuon was also awarded the LMA Special Merit Award. During the season, he set two very distinguished personal records by surpassing 2000 games in management and becoming the longest serving manager in Manchester United’s history. Should they defeat Barcelona in the forthcoming Champions League Final, Ferguson would also equal Bob Paisley’s record of 3 titles with Liverpool in Europe’s most prestigious club tournament.

On receiving the awards, Sir Alex Ferguson CBE said: “It is wonderful and a great honour to be acknowledged by your peers. I really do appreciate being named LMA Manager of the Year and being honoured with the LMA Special Merit Award. It’s been such a competitive Barclays Premier League this season and I’d like to congratulate all of the managers both in this league and throughout the divisions, on a job well done this season. The work the LMA are doing and the foresight they are showing is fantastic. We have to support the belief that we are doing the right things and the help that we can give to all facets of the game. We are getting more recognition now and quite rightly so because we have a great contribution to make.”

LMA Chairman, Howard Wilkinson, said: “Sir Alex is fully deserving of this recognition, once again he has demonstrated genius at critical moments this season. It’s not just his longevity in the game at one of the world’s biggest club’s which is remarkable, but his consistent delivery of success, in over 35 years in football management.”

Richard Bevan, Chief Executive of the LMA, said: “Tonight is a celebration of this season’s managerial achievements across the top four leagues in the professional game. To receive votes from and to be acknowledged by your fellow members, peers and competitors is a great honour. What Sir Alex has achieved this season both personally and with Manchester United is extraordinary. At the LMA we are also extremely grateful for the amount of time and dedication he willingly provides to our association and our members.

“On behalf of the LMA, I wish Sir Alex and the Manchester United players the very best for this week’s UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley. It will be a tremendous feat if they can lift the trophy at the home of English football.

“I would also like to say a special thank you to all the members who have contributed to yet another fantastic season.”

The full list of awards presented by LMA President - Fabio Capello, LMA Chairman - Howard Wilkinson, and Gareth Southgate are as follows:

• LMA Manager of the Year sponsored by Barclays: Sir Alex Ferguson CBE
• LMA Special Merit Award sponsored by Barclays: Sir Alex Ferguson CBE
• Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year: Sir Alex Ferguson CBE
• Barclays Community Sports Award: Rabiyha Ahmed
• LMA Service to Football Award sponsored by npower: Jimmy Hill OBE
• npower Football League Two Manager of the Year: John Sheridan
• npower Football League One Manager of the Year: Gus Poyet
• npower Football League Championship Manager of the Year: Paul Lambert


Posted on: Mon 23 May 2011

Neil Warnock will be taking his Premier League troops to Cornwall and Italy this summer, just as he did in preparation for the 2010/11 npower Championship campaign.

The Reserves and Youth Team will also be heading to the West Country, where a total of nine games will be played.

The gaffer told www.qpr.co.uk this morning: "With my links to Cornwall, I am inundated every year, and unfortunately have to disappoint an awful lot of people.

"So I am really pleased that we will be taking the First Team, Reserves and Youth Team there this pre-season.

"It's great down there, the training facilities are fantastic. But, more importantly than that, it gives the players a real opportunity to bond with each other.

"I have found it beneficial throughout my career to take teams there, and I don't see any reason to change it now.

"There are super facilities for us in Italy too. It's great to be working with the sunshine on your back, and again it gives the lads plenty of time to relax before coming back and getting ready for the big kick-off."

The First Team kick-off their pre-season campaign on 15th July when they visit Harrow Borough.

On Sunday 17th July they travel to Cornwall where they will play Tavistock (18th), Plymouth Argyle (20th) and Bodmin Town (22nd).

The R's return to London straight after their final fixture before flying out to Italy on 25th July, where they will stay until 1st August.

Two fixtures will take place during their week in Milano Marittima, although the details of these games are still to be confirmed.

Upon their return, the First Team will visit Crawley Town on 2nd August.

Confirmed Fixtures


Friday 15th July Harrow Borough (a) 7.15pm
Monday 18th July Tavistock (a) 7.00pm
Wednesday 20th July Plymouth Argyle (a) 7.45pm
Friday 22nd July Bodmin Town (a) 7.15pm
Tuesday 2nd August Crawley Town (a) 7.45pm


Saturday 16th July Hampton & Richmond 3.00pm
Saturday 23rd July Truro (a) TBC
Monday 25th July Saltash (a) TBC
Wednesday 27th July Buckland Athletic (a) TBC
Saturday 30th July Southend Utd (a) 3.00pm
Wednesday 3rd August Woking (a) 7.45pm


Sunday 24th July Liskeard Athletic (a) 3.00pm
Tuesday 26th July St Austel (a) 7.00pm
Thursday 28th July Elburton Villa (a) 7.00pm

Further fixtures are expected to be added. QPR

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