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Saturday, July 30, 2011

QPR Report Saturday Update: New Ownership?...Atalanta Tournament...Defender?...Pre-Warnock "Cliques were a constant theme...Rangers Dressing Room..."

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- VIDEO re "Inside QPR" - Looks to be a Truly Riveting Video 'Four Year Plan'

- Parliamentary Committee Issues Report Calling for stronger FA, Control over Club Ownership and stronger, implemented "Fit and Proper" Rule, and So Forth

- Year Flashback: Nobody Else Wants Him so Taarabt Open to QPR

- Two Year Flashback: Alessandro Pellicori Joins Queen's Park Rangers

SQUAD NUMBERS FORTHCOMING QPR's Ian Taylor: "For all those asking ... We're expecting to announce the #QPR squad numbers early next week" http://twitter.com/IJTaylor81

- Gavin Mahon on Watford. Lee Brown on Bristol Rovers

- Swansea Premiership Preparations

- 2014 World Cup Draw Today -- USA's New Coach: Jurgen Klinsman

- QPR's Tournament Matches Tonight!
- Neil Warnock's First Team squad return to action in Italy tonight (Saturday).
- Following hot on the heels of Wednesday's narrow 1-0 defeat to Cesena in San Marino, Rangers face a long four hour coach journey to Atalanta to contest the prestigious 'Trofeo Bartolotti.'
- Serie A hosts Atalanta and Champions League outfit SC Braga, from Portugal, will compete in the three team tournament, which starts at 8.00pm local time.
- Each match will last for 45 minutes and the R's will face Braga in the first fixture of the tournament, before Atalanta will firstly play the losers, and then the victors of that clash for the Trofeo Bortolotti.
- The mini-tournament will take place at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia.
- The tournament schedule is as follows …
Game 1 - QPR v SC Braga - 8.00pm (local time)
Game 2 - Atalanta v Loser of Game 1 - 9.00pm
Game 3 - Atalanta v Winner of Game 2 - 10.00pm
Presentation ceremony - 11.00pm QPR


Standard/Simon Johnson - In the driving seat: Tony Fernandes
Tony Fernandes agrees to buy 51% share in QPR

Air Asia owner Tony Fernandes will become a majority shareholder at QPR after agreeing to buy a 51 per cent stake in the club.

Standard Sport can confirm that Fernandes, who is the team principal of Formula One's Team Lotus, has been in talks with the club over a possible takeover.

Rangers have attracted interest from two other unnamed parties since Bernie Ecclestone, who has a 62 per cent stake in the club, admitted in March that he would be willing to sell his share for £100m.

Initial negotiations seemed to ensure Fernandes' investment would only be enough to secure a role as chairman, with co-owners Flavio Briatore and Ecclestone still calling the shots.

However, Fernandes has agreed a deal to buy the majority of Ecclestone's shares to assume overall control.

It could mean a major power shift in the club with Ecclestone and Briatore owning just 16 per cent between them as Lakshmi Mittal still has a 33 per cent stake.

Standard Sport understands Fernandes is flying out to the club's pre-season training base in Italy tomorrow to meet with Warnock and discuss plans for the new season, including some more transfer targets.

Fernandes, who has already been shown around Loftus Road, failed in a bid to buy West Ham in January 2010.

Meanwhile, Rangers are set to finally secure the £1.25m signing of striker DJ Campbell from Blackpool.

Talks had stalled over personal terms for the 29-year-old, who scored 13 goals in the top flight last season, but now a deal is close to being agreed" Standard

Man City Defender Wanted?

MAIL: Warnock eyes swoop for Man City defender Onuoha

- Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock is lining up a loan deal for Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha.
- Warnock is likely to face competition from Blackburn and Everton for Onuoha, 24, and his wages could prove a stumbling block.
- Warnock said: ‘We are a bit thin on full backs at the moment, so we
are looking at that area.’
- QPR are expected to ask City to pay a percentage of Onuoha’s salary but City have been reluctant to agree similar deals this summer. Mail

Sports Ireleand QPR want City defender Onuoha
- Dominic Walsh, 30 July 2011QPR are lining up a loan move for Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha.
- The 24 year old full back impressed in a similar spell with Sunderland last season and has also been linked with moves to Blackburn, Bolton and Everton.
- Wages however could prove a stumbling block to any deal with QPR expected to ask City to cover a portion of the former England under-21’s salary, something that the Eastland’s outfit are reluctant to do. SportsIreland


Hounslow Chronicle/Tim Street - QPR move still on for Hampton star Inman

DEAN Inman's dream trial at QPR could still be on – despite the cruel ankle injury which seemed to have dashed his hopes.

The Hampton & Richmond Borough centre-back/midfielder impressed the Premiership side's scouts when Hampton beat an XI they sent down to Beveree two weeks ago.

Inman was invited to go on tour with QPR after the game, but the injury he picked up a minute from the end wrecked his chances, and he hasn't kicked a ball in anger since.

And while Inman told your favourite local paper at Tuesday night's friendly with Stevenage he hasn't heard from QPR since, Beavers boss Mark Harper revealed that they are still interested.

He said: “QPR have been in touch again and they still want to take Dean on a week's trial. He needs to get another game under his belt through, and could play on Saturday or Tuesday.”

Harper has already moved to strengthen his back line by snapping up former Brentford right-back Lewis Ferrell from Hayes & Yeading, and could add further steel to his rearguard by signing ex QPR and Woking keeper Rodney Chiweshe.

Both featured in the 1-0 win over Stevenage, and Chiweshe in particular stood out with some impressive saves.

Harper said: “Lewis has committed himself to us, and brings with him the experience of playing 38 games in the Conference last season, while Rodney we are still in talks with.

“He has played well for us in two games and we are hoping to sign him, especially with Matt Lovett having had his operation. We need a good second keeper, and are also looking at Carshalton's Craig Ross.”

Some of the best performances against a strong Stevenage side, however, came from the young guns Harper threw on at half time.

Another youth-teamer, Stuart Duffy, headed the winner late in the first half from a delightful Charlie Moone cross.

Harper added: “Stuart is a good example of what I'm trying to install in our youngsters – give it 100 per cent and you will get your chance. His work rate was tremendous.

“I was pleased with both halves, but especially with the second half when I brought the young players on, as they gave a whole hearted display. They certainly gave me a few headaches about who to sign and who to release.” Hounslow Chronicle

Daily Mail - Sami Mokbel - I felt like a murderer, reveals Faurlin after contentious move

Alejandro Faurlin says he felt as if he had ‘murdered’ someone during the FA probe which threatened Queens Park Rangers top-flight promotion last season.

In March, QPR were charged with seven breaches of third-party ownership and agents laws in relation to Faurlin’s £3.5million move from Instituto de Cordoba in 2009.

Speculation was rife that the charges would lead to a hefty points penalty — one large enough to strip the runaway Championship leaders of promotion.

An independent FA tribunal found QPR guilty on two of of the seven counts — but the club escaped with a £875,000 fine.

Argentine midfielder Faurlin said: ‘Those moments were hard. I knew it wasn’t my fault — but I still saw my name everywhere.

In the newspaper, the television and you start to feel like you did something wrong.

It makes you feel like you’ve murdered someone. The possibility of losing what we fought all season because of my transfer just made me feel sick.’ Mail


Alejandro Faurlin is relishing making his Barclays Premier League bow against Bolton Wanderers in 15 days' time.

Faurlin - one of the undoubted stars of the show as the R's romped to the title last season - believes the time has come for him and his team-mates to shine at the top table of English football.

"We worked really hard for this - to be almost at the start of the season feels fantastic," he told www.qpr.co.uk.

"We are very happy as a squad and we're enjoying every second of the countdown to the season."

Faurlin added: "There's going to definitely be a lot more quality in the Premier League.

"Yes, we may get more space and time on the ball at times, but the quality will be higher."

The Argentinean ace believes belief will be key over the coming weeks and months, commenting: "We have to believe in ourselves.

"I believe in myself and I know my team-mates believe in themselves.

"I've never played at this level, but I want it badly and I will do everything for Neil Warnock, my team-mates, the supporters and the Club." QPR

QPR Official Site -Mick Jones Blog - JONES BLOG: THE ITALIAN JOB

Mick Jones brings us his latest blog live from Milano Marittima in Italy

I missed the trip to Italy last year due to a family bereavement, but everyone came back and said what a fantastic tour it was and I have to say I agree, because this year has been exceptional.

Seeing it first hand, you realise just how important this kind of trip is.

In terms of team spirit, it's mind-blowing.

It's important for the staff, as well as the players, to get used to each other's personalities - especially the new lads.

We all know the players we've signed, but to see them bond with their new team-mates in a remarkably short space of time has been tremendous.

The three new lads are big personalities, which is an important thing in football.

They're big name players with big reputations and they've bonded really well.

Looking back to Cornwall, it's an interesting theory going there and then coming out to Italy.

Cornwall is isolated; the weather was poor; boredom can be a big factor.

It's an important measure of a player's personality.

When people get bored, they get irritated and it's a big test.

To take the players into Cornwall, where there's nothing going on and very little to do apart from the golf, it can be a difficult week.

But it also tells you a lot about a person's personality and their attitude.

On the flip side, over here in Italy you've got all you need.

You see lots of each other and it's a great experience.

From my point of view, watching players in Cornwall and then watching them in Italy, you see what's going on in their heads.

It's quite a smart move from the Manager, because he knows that in Cornwall there isn't much happening and then you come out here and it's all going on.

It's great to see Adel out here too.

I've gone on the record in the past as saying that he's one of the most talented players I've seen in my life.

He goes on the field to entertain himself. He's a talented young man and at his age, he's only going to get better.

Looking back to Wednesday, I played against Cesena myself many, many years ago - some of these players weren't even born then!

Italian football hasn't changed since then. Their tradition is what it is.

Wednesday's game was akin to what we're going to see in the Premier League at times.

We saw some massively encouraging signs.

I was really impressed with our performance in the first 30 minutes. Obviously we made changes in the second half which were disruptive, but I sat on the bus on the way home thinking 'that wasn't a bad pre-season exercise at all.'

QPR Official Site - TOUR BLOG: PART V

Posted on: Sat 30 Jul 2011

The last 24 hours or so have flown by in Italy, as the focus now firmly switches to today's final fixture of the tour.

After a rest day on Thursday, the lads were back in training on Friday morning, with shape and formation yet again at the forefront of First Team Coach Keith Curle's 90 minute session.

Danny Webber was joined on the sidelines by Heidar Helguson, whose minor knock is expected to rule him out of the 'Trofeo Bartolotti' tonight.

One thing that really struck home at training yesterday was the remarkable team spirit that is currently sweeping through the camp.

Mick Jones touched on it in his blog on Friday and it really is something to behold.

I've been at the Club for over five years now and I can honestly say that prior to the arrival of Neil Warnock as Manager, cliques were a constant theme in the Rangers dressing room.

Those days are well and truly over now though, with the entire squad mixing together on a regular basis, whether it's at dinner, by the pool or during their free-time.

As a result, it's a really positive camp to be in and around and that team spirit will, needless to say, play a major role in our Barclays Premier League campaign which starts two weeks today.

It's a short blog entry today, because we're off on the road this morning for our trip to Atalanta, where we'll be providing pre and post match updates throughout the night, so stay tuned! QPR

- Guide to Football Grounds... Guide to Loftus Road

- QPR XI Beat Buckland Athletic

- Cesena-QPR Reports, Photos, Videos

- World Cup Qualifiers: India Knocked out

- USA Axe Coach Bob Bradley

- Four Year Flashback: "QPR Chief Paladini to Sell Up"

- UDPATED: Europe's Top Clubs Threaten Revolt. Fan Reaction

- FA Reportedly Given Year to Reform or Else Legislation

- Flashback: The 1959/1960 Season

- Year Flashback: Vine and Pellicori Reportedly Set to Exit QPR

- A Statistical Guide to Points Needed to Stay Up

- QPR's Championship Medal Sold for just under 1,000 Pounds (Proceeds to QPR in the Community Trust)

- Assessing Premiership Summer Transfers Thus Far (Including QPR)

- Updated Ecclestone Comment re German Bribery Allegation

- Kudos to Chelsea: Make an Official Complaint to Malaysian FA re Anti-Semitic Abuse

- Play "Spot The Ball"

- "How clubs lost control of the football kit"

- Premiership Relegation Odds

- An Early Preview of QPR vs Bolton

- Premiership Rules re Kits

- VANISHED WITHOUT NOTICE! The Club's Official Messageboard

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

- Home Ticket Price Information

- 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

QPR's Remaining Pre-season Games
- Tonight: (Saturday 30th July) - Trofeo Bortolotti Tournament (a) 8.00pm onwards
- Tuesday 2nd August - Crawley Town (a) 7.45pm
- Friday August 5 - Luton (A)

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