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Saturday, June 04, 2011

QPR Report Saturday: Updates and Flashbacks


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- International Youth Tournament: No QPR Involvement?

QPR1st - Saturday Protest?
- QPR1st has been informed that fans are intending to meet at South Africa Road, this Saturday from noon onwards. It is understood that this is an informal gathering which is intended to be a peaceful expression of fans' disaffection regarding the ticket prices for next season and other developments within the Club....." QPR1st

- Nottingham Forest Latest Club linked to Neil Warnock

- Paul Hart Joins Charlton Athletic

- Taarabt Exits Morocco Team

- Thirteen Year Flashback: Vinnie Jones Aims to be QPR Manager

- Coventry Statement on Marlon King: Double Verbal Assurance He's Staying

Posted on: Fri 03 Jun 2011
- Queens Park Rangers Football Club will not be appealing the Football Association fine relating to the Alejandro Faurlin inquiry.
- This decision has been taken in the best interests of the Club and the Football Association.
- The Club will be making no further statement. QPR

- From The FA Report On QPR:
"....5.5.2 As far as the Club’s web-page is concerned, the report of a £3.5 million deal was clearly false. Mr. Paladini appeared to accept in interview that he was the source of the report. It was characterised by Mr. Mill as a ‘puff’; something that was done in order to show the Club’s supporters, and others, that the Club was going places and willing to invest heavily in order to do so.
""That was essentially the motivation according to Mr. Paladini in interview. Whether one regards the report as mere ‘puff’, or a ‘lie’, depends on one’s moral compass, with some necessary re-calibration to take into account “the ways of football”, a phrase that was used more than once during the hearing.
"That Mr. Paladini was at least involved in some way in the report finding its way onto the Club’s web-site, we have little doubt, but while the value of the deal was significantly exaggerated, and objectively untrue, the motivation for it colour as how it should reflect upon Mr. Paladini as a witness..." FA Report

Betfair/Paul Moon - Premier League Betting: Warnock deserves a second chance at the top

Neil Warnock needs money in the transfer market and faith from theBoard if he's to be given a fair crack at avoiding relegation

Neil Warnock needs money in the transfer market and faith from theBoard if he's to be given a fair crack at avoiding relegation

"Whether he is the best man to take the club forward from this point is debatable but he has definitely at least earned the chance to have another stab in the top flight. He should be given a six month assessment after being supported in the summer transfer market, though one suspects he will get neither."

It all ended in tears and court cases the last time Neil Warnock was a Premier League manager but he deserves another go at trying to keep a newly-promoted side up, this time with QPR. But will he be given a fair chance, asks Paul Moon.

After their promotion to the Premier League, QPR appear uncertain as to which direction to take with little evidence of genuine ambition. The club resembles a trinket and despite vast wealth, Formula One tycoons Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone have not injected significant funds into the club. In fact, the latter has hinted about selling his stake.

So, should QPR stick to the frugal approach and Neil Warnock or open the chequebook and employ a marquee manager? The vibes coming out of the West London club suggests Briatore and Ecclestone are not convinced that Warnock is the right character for their boutique club though they have given him the dreaded vote of confidence. And we all know what that normally means.

With limited resources Warnock has done a magnificent job getting QPR promoted into the Premier League especially when relegation beckoned towards the end of the 2009/10 season. He was the club's seventh manager in less than three years, inheriting a squad heavily staffed with loan players. Back in October 2010 we looked at some of the unfair diatribe that follows and surrounds him.

Neutrals are intrigued to see if he can translate his bargain basement endeavours into something more consequential. He deserves to take his chance in the Premier League after being unceremoniously cheated out of it in 2006/07 with Sheffield United when West Ham escaped natural justice.

Whether he is the best man to take the club forward from this point is debatable but he has definitely at least earned the chance to have another stab in the top flight. He should be given a six month assessment after being supported in the summer transfer market, though one suspects he will get neither. Ominously, when Warnock outlined his thoughts on player acquisitions he was assured he would 'be able to keep his best players'.

Bridging the quality gap between the Championship and the Premier League is a perennial test for all clubs but on a personal level Warnock needs to change tack. Using commotion and emotional outbursts, as part of a siege mentality, are not the best tools in the more sophisticated Premier League. No one is absolutely sure how much his ranting and raving is genuine but we will learn more about the man next season.

Managing expectation is always a problem but Warnock's propensity to shock has alarmed some by saying things along the lines of "we are not good enough for the top half and will accept fourth from bottom now'. This typical off the hip rhetoric gives ammunition to his detractors and contradicts our claims regarding his intelligence.

Unlucky though Sheffield United were, Warnock failed to keep a newly promoted side in the Premier League so why should this time be any different? The reality is that unless QPR spend and buy wisely they look in trouble irrespective of who is in charge.

Generally Warnock likes British players who put in a shift as opposed to raw talent and this manifests itself throughout the squad. He claims his best and most trusted players are Paddy Kenny (33), Clint Hill (32) and Shaun Derry (32) and labels them 'bread and butter players'; this merely highlights the lack of class. For this season he desperately needs a new spine including a goalkeeper, centre-half, a central midfielder and a striker. The latter two in particular will have to be a bit more than just hard-workers because in the Premier League they'll be surrounded by opponents who have just that little bit extra.

A budget of £30m might not be enough and it is hard to envisage Warnock spending this amount of money anyway. One suspects egos and meddling will result in more surprises before the new season starts. Latest Betfair Prices on the Premier League Winners show QPR to be trading at [850]. Other prices include: Manchester United 3.0 Chelsea 4.1 Manchester City 4.9 Arsenal 8.8 Liverpool [12] Tottenham [65] Bar [490]. Betfair


04 Jun 2011 New Company Document Available
Form: AR01 - Annual Return
13/05/11 CHANGES
Purchase a copy of this document for £4.99 + VAT

Last company return showing the directors and ownership details: Filed on: 03 Jun 11 Made up to: 13 May 11

Financial Year End31-05
Capital: £30,994,937.00 (as at 03 Jun 2011)

- And this is what an AR01 -

Company Returns Next Due Date
Was: 10 Jun 2011
Now: 10 Jun 2012

Company Last Made Up Date
Was: 13 May 2010
Now: 13 May 2011 Company House

Flashback to QPR Report Blog June 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007

Looking Back to QPR's "Golden Summer" - June 2005-

June 2005: Just two years ago, but seemed pretty good: QPR had just completed their first season back in "Division One." Bill Power was Chairman. Mark Devlin was CEO Gianni Paladini had just replaced Olga Paladini on the QPR Board. Ian Holloway was manager.
And QPR were making several summer signings about whom they were pretty optimistic: Ian Evatt signed from Blackpool. Tommy Doherty from Bristol Rovers. Steffan Moore from Aston Villa. Simon Royce was set to sign. QPR were considering signing Andre Flo and resigning Richard Langley. And Danny Shittu signed a new three year contract. Ugo Ukah had not yet joined! (Nor had Nygaard or Milanese)
June 2005 Transfers

BBC - 2 June, 2005, Evatt completes Loftus Road move
QPR have completed the signing of defender Ian Evatt from Chesterfield for around £100,000.
Evatt, 23, has signed a three-year contract after a clause in his Chesterfield deal allowed him to move if a six-figure bid was tabled.
QPR chairman Bill Power and major shareholder Gianni Paladini flew to Majorca, where Evatt is on holiday.
"We wanted to get the deal done and it was always clear he wanted to come and play for us," said Power.
"We flew out to make sure we tied it all up. There were lots of other clubs interested but he wants to play for us, no-one else.
"He's a really good player and we're not surprised there are other clubs after him, but he's keen to join QPR."
Evatt joined Chesterfield from Derby County in July, 2003 and has since started 89 games for Roy McFarland's side, scoring 10 times. BBC

BBC - June 13, 2005 Villa striker makes switch to QPR
QPR have signed Aston Villa striker Stefan Moore on a three-year deal.
The 21-year-old, who ended last season on loan at Leicester, has been allowed to leave on a free by Villa despite having a year left on his contract.
Rangers boss Ian Holloway said: "He's the sort of player who will help get us back into the Premiership.
"We're looking to get him back to where he started. What he needs is to get a few games under his belt and, when he does, he'll be flying." BBC

BBC - June 29, 2005 - City's Doherty completes QPR move
Queens Park Rangers boss Ian Holloway has signed Bristol City midfielder Tommy Doherty for an undisclosed fee.
The 26-year-old Northern Ireland international has agreed personal terms on a three-year deal at Loftus Road.
He said: "I've known of QPR's interest for a while. They wanted to sign me on loan last season, but it didn't happen.
"I'm stepping up from League One, but I have no doubts about my ability to play at this level and higher. Ian Holloway is ambitious and so am I."
Bristol-born Doherty made 226 senior appearances for City and skippered the side which won the LDV Trophy in 2003.
However, he was relieved of the captaincy midway through last season, and transfer-listed in May.
City chairman Steve Lansdown told his club's website he was "naturally sad" to see Doherty leave.
But he added: "I stand by the comments I made at the end of last season when I said it was time for both Tommy and the club to move on."

BBC - June 2005 Holloway cool on Langley return
Langley moved from QPR to Cardiff in August 2003
Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway says he is "a million miles" from signing Cardiff's Richard Langley.
The 25-year-old midfielder moved from QPR to the Bluebirds in August 2003.
QPR previously expressed interest in re-signing him, but he has a year left on his contract and wages are thought to be double what he got in London.
"If you want to talk percentages, the chances of us signing Rich are 20%," said Holloway. "We can't pay what he's getting at Cardiff."
Cash-strapped Cardiff face the task of trimming their playing squad over the summer.
They need to reduce a wage bill that the Ninian Park side, more than £30m in debt, can ill afford.
But the only prospect of Langley's return to QPR would seem to be if the Bluebirds agreed to part-fund his wages at the London club. BBC

BBC _ June 30, 2005 Holloway admits interest in Flo
Flo has played in Italy for the past two seasons
QPR boss Ian Holloway has confirmed his side are hoping to sign ex-Chelsea striker Tore Andre Flo.
But he admits he is not confident on his chances of persuading the 32-year-old Norway international to leave his Italian club Siena.
"He will attract interest elsewhere. To get a player of his quality is a real 100-1 shot," he told QPR's website.
"We've done all we can to persuade him that QPR is a great club, but we fully respect Tore will need to take time."
Flo scored 50 goals in 95 starts for Chelsea before moving to Rangers for £14m in November 2000.
He moved to Sunderland in August 2002 at spent a season at the Stadium of Light before joining Siena.
"We are shooting for the stars here - but there is nothing wrong with trying to bring in the very best players available," Holloway added.
Holloway has already signed defender Ian Evatt, midfielder Tommy Doherty and striker Stefan Moore this summer, while goalkeeper Simon Royce will join on 1 July after his contract at Charlton has expired. BBC

BBC - 23 June, 2005 - Shittu signs new three-year deal
QPR's Nigerian international defender Dan Shittu has signed a new three-year contract with the club.
The 24-year-old centre-back's previous deal expired next summer and he had been linked with a move to the Premiership.
"It feels good for me to know that I'm going to be here next season," Shittu told the club's website.
"There was a lot of talk about me playing in the Premiership next season, but I feel I can get there with QPR." BBC

Come end of July, and QPR won the Copa Ibiza Final (beating Coventry 3-2Cole, Bignot, Santos, Evatt, Rose, Miller, Birch, Chambers, Brown, Furs, Gallen Subs: Royce, Shimmin, Hugo, Hislop, Cook, Bean, Shittu, Sturridge, Moore & Doherty) -Sturridge (2), Gallen

August 1, 2005 - BBC Championship Guide
Nickname: Rangers/R's/Hoops
Ground: Loftus Road
Capacity: 19,148
Last season: 11th
Manager: Ian Holloway (February 2001)

In: Stefan Moore (Aston Villa), Ian Evatt (Chesterfield, undisclosed), Tommy Doherty (Bristol City), Simon Royce (Charlton), Marc Nygaard (Brescia, undisclosed)
Ugo Ukah

Out: Tony Thorpe (Swindon), Jamie Cureton (Swindon), Gino Padula (Nott'm Forest), Chris Day (Oldham)
Generoso Rossi, Richard Edghill

BBC Sport verdict: When Rangers strung together the results they challenged up at the top of the table, but consistency was a problem and before long they were mired in mid-table mediocrity.

On paper Ian Holloway has worked well in the transfer market to bring in a good blend of players at minimal cost, but only time will tell if they work on the pitch - as the boss will no doubt let us know in his own inimitable style.

Key man: Martin Rowlands BBC

Within a couple of months, much had changed, both on and off the field.


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