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Monday, July 25, 2011

QPR Report Monday Update: Club's "Taarabt/Coach Warnock" Statement Aftermath...QPR Squad for Italy Announced


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QPR Squad for Italy Tour has been announced: QPR squad: Agyemang, Bothroyd, Buzsaky, Connolly, Derry, Dyer, Ephraim, Faurlin, Gabbidon, Gorkss, Hall, Helguson, Hill, Kenny, Murphy, Orr, Perone, Smith, Taarabt, Vaagan Moen, Webber. (Among those NOT in the squad: Hulse, Cook, Rowlands, Clarke, Balanta, Borrowdale, Cerny, Shittu, Pellicori, Alberti) QPR

Mirror's Mike Calvin/Life's a Pitch - Warnock being betrayed by QPR

Bookmakers are insensitive souls. They deal in probability and cold hard facts. Their Caribbean beach houses are funded by the plight of people like QPR manager Neil Warnock.

The odds are that Warnock will not be around long, to enjoy the privileges of promotion. He’s second favourite, behind Blackburn’s hapless Steve Kean, to be the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season.

Anyone acquainted with football’s culture of casual betrayal, and the chaos wrought by QPR’s dysfunctional ownership structure, will find even his shortest price, 7-4, extremely attractive.

Warnock is not everyone’s cup of Yorkshire Tea. On the touchline, his default mode is that of a ferret, with a sharp stick protruding from its nether regions. He’s naturally combative, and will not take kindly to being publicly rebuked by the likes of Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatiore.

I love his passion, his pragmatism. It’s no coincidence that he’s put together seven promotion teams. He’s a nuts and bolts manager who gets the best of what he is given. In the case of Rangers, that is not very much.

Loftus Road is a fools’ paradise, populated by billionaires with extremely short pockets. Their most revealing response to promotion has been to raise season ticket prices by 40 percent.

The fact Briatore is apparently setting the transfer strategy says it all. He’s currently banned from his so-called sport, Formula 1, for his role in the Crashgate scandal. I suppose it gives him something to do.

Warnock will not be bought off by the decision to keep Adel Taarabt, who scored 19 goals and made 16 assists last season. He’s limited to gambling on such insubstantial free transfers as Jay Bothroyd, Kieron Dyer, Danny Gabbidon and Danny Webber.

The contrast with the buoyant mood at the other promoted clubs, Swansea and Norwich, is telling. Warnock, and the QPR fans who celebrated so exultantly in May, deserve so much more.

It is their misfortune that their club has fallen into the hands of men who care nothing for what it represents. If they don’t want Warnock, I’m sure others will.
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The Sun - Neil Warnock gagged by Rangers chiefs

NEIL WARNOCK'S future as QPR boss is in doubt after he was gagged by Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore.
- And Warnock is said to be unhappy at having to shut it.
- A Loftus Road source said: "He won't be happy about being told to watch his mouth - especially from two men who are not really football people.
- "This could lead to trouble between the trio and us looking for another manager."
- Warnock criticised the club's lack of spending on signings since promotion.
- Majority shareholders Ecclestone and Briatore said in a statement: "We are aware of issues raised in the Press by the coach but we have discussed these and he has agreed to be more reserved in terms of what he discusses. The Sun

The Star/Brian Woolnough - "Wooly's World - WAR OF WORDS
- WHY haven’t Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore invested in QPR this summer?

- What did they enter football for?
- Their handling of QPR’s promotion to the Premier League remains a mystery.
- Now, despite not giving Neil Warnock any substantial transfer funds, they are turning on their manager.
- They have told Warnock to be careful what he says in public. The indication is they want him out.
- If Ecclestone and Briatore carry on like this, they can expect to hear a lot more from one of the most controversial voices in the game." The Star

- Sunday Stories and Reactions to QPR, Taarabt & Warnock "Put Down"

- Flashback to October 2010 and Briatore's "I Dream of Lippi" Statement and Subsequent Club Denial


QPR Official Site - R'S HEAD TO ITALY
Neil Warnock has named a strong squad for the R's pre-season tour of Italy, which departs from London later today (Monday).
- The R's gaffer has named an 21-man squad for the trip to Milano Marittima, as the Hoops prepare for two friendly matches in seven days during their stay in the province of Ravenna.
- Warnock's charges will lock horns with the Serie A side Cesena on Wednesday at Stadio Serravalle in Repubblica di San Marino, before the R's contest the 'Trofeo Bortolotti' - a highly-regarded one-off competition - on Saturday evening.
- QPR's Moroccan magician Adel Taarabt is amongst those included in the R's squad for their trip to Mediterranean shores.
- Meanwhile, former West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon, ex-Ipswich Town goalkeeper Brian Murphy, Argentinean centre-back Bruno Perone and striker Danny Webber - all on trial at Loftus Road - will also travel with the squad.
- QPR squad: Agyemang, Bothroyd, Buzsaky, Connolly, Derry, Dyer, Ephraim, Faurlin, Gabbidon, Gorkss, Hall, Helguson, Hill, Kenny, Murphy, Orr, Perone, Smith, Taarabt, Vaagan Moen, Webber. QPR

- Cesena vs QPR Broadcast Live on Italian Satellite TV

- Something to Look Forward to: Flashback from June Official Site: "Plans are already afoot for a pre-season celebration, once the players return to training in July" - QPR

- An Early Preview of QPR vs Bolton

- Year Flashback "When Saturday Comes (WSC)/Matthew Rudd - The problem with Jimmy Bullard

- SATIRE: The Spoof "QPR bid for cut price Crouch QPR bid for cut price Crouch

- Video Flashback: Venables' QPR Beat Fulham and Win the Championship

- VANISHED WITHOUT NOTICE! The Club's Official Messageboard

- Job Opening: QPR in The Community Trust

- - QPR Youth Exit in Irish Tournament

- QPR Report: "Spot The Ball" - The Answer

- Video of Man City's Balotelli's "Showmanship" which led to his Substitution

- Kudos to Leeds: Instantly Reaffirm Going Ahead With Norway Trip

- Chelsea Reportedly Scrap Earls Court Stadium Move

- For Sale: QPR Championship Medal (Proceeds to QPR in the Community Trust)

- Where's Buzsaky? "Dave McIntyre Tweet: "[Buzsaky] had a calf injury. Shame as this is a big pre-season for him."
- Four Years Ago: Lee Cook Sale "Saved The Club"

- Year Flashback: Briatore vs Mittal Disagreement Over Transfers Alleged!

- The Rise and Rise of AFC Wimbledon

- The BIG Money from Overseas Friendlies/Sponsorship/"Branding"

- The Continued Popularity of Subbuteo (Invented by a QPR Man!)

- UEFA U-19 Championships Currently Under Way

- Six Year Flashback: Nygaard Joins QPR and QPR Friendly vs Iran

- Home Ticket Price Information

- Year Flashback: Alberti Goes Out on Year Loan

- Flashback: Some Past Flavio Briatore/QPR Statements

- UPDATE: Telegraph "Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone admits paying Gerhard Gribkowsky £27 million"

- Still No QPR Offical Site Update re the Status of the Official Supporters Club (OSC). Despite Committee Resignations.

- QPR Reportedly Offering Trial to Thai Forward

- Play "Spot The Ball - Answer"

QPR Pre-Season Fixtures 2011/12
Wednesday 27th July - Cesena (a) 8.30pm
Saturday 30th July - Trofeo Bortolotti Tournament (a) 8.00pm onwards
Tuesday 2nd August - Crawley Town (a) 7.45pm
Friday August 5 - Vs Luton (A)

Football League's New "Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP)....Limits spending on player wages to 75% of the Club's turnover and comes into immediate effect for the 2011/12 season. It will further reduce to 65% and 60% in seasons 2012/13 and 2013/14.

- Football League Clubs Change of Rules: Reverting to FIVE Subs

- New Football League Rules re Number of "Home Growns" in the Squad and Increased Youth Spending
- Premiership Rules

- Five Years Ago: Dunga Quits as QPR Director to Take Over Brazil. Caliendo-Paladini issue Statement

- - Bid on a QPR Championship Winners Medal (Proceeds to QPR Community Trust.)

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