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Thursday, August 04, 2011

QPR Report Thursday Update: Campbell?..Vine Returns...Warnock on Players...Video: QPR's 1975/76 "Champions"...Season Preview

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- Some Great Old QPR Videos: QPR's 1975/76 "Championship" Season Final Game vs Leeds + Some Videos From Early 1990s

- Waiting for Official QPR announcement re DJ Campbell Joining QPR. (Various Journalists say it's done) - Mirror's Smudge/Paul Smith Tweets "QPR finally set to announce the capture of DJ Campbell from Blackpool today despite a late bid by #WHU to hijack the move" Smudge Twitter

- QPR XI Beat Woking 4-3

- Next (Final Announced Pre-Season Game): Luton on Friday - Police Perspective

- Rowan Vine Returning to QPR? (And Year Flashback: Reportedly Leaving!)

- Birthday for Ex-QPR Tony Roberts...Birthday also for Matteo Alberti

- Alberti's old Club fined...QPR's Latest Italian Opponent (Atalanta) Points Deducted

- Flashback: "40 Factoids About QPR"

- Flashback: Club Fined for Lying About Transfer Fee!

- Ex-QPR Richard Pacquette Trialing With Forest Green

- West Ham Absolved


DAILY MAIL - Warnock promise to boost Rangers squad as he eyes a trio of new faces 3rd August 2011

QPR manager Neil Warnock is hoping to bring in a further three signings ahead of the start of the Barclays Premier League next week.

The R's won the npower Championship last season, ending their 15-year absence from the top flight.

Despite securing promotion, Warnock was frustrated in early attempts to bolster his squad before completing the signings of Jay Bothroyd, Kieron Dyer and Danny Gabbidon.

Blackpool striker DJ Campbell and wantaway Southampton winger Jason Puncheon could soon be joining the trio at Loftus Road, with the former Sheffield United boss admitting there are a couple of irons in the fire.

'Well, were talking to a number of players,' he said.
'We're hoping to bring in two or maybe three players in the next week before the start of the season.

'We've gone slowly about our job but I think we've got some good players in and we're looking to bring two or three other good players in.

'We haven't gone silly and signed them straight away but we've been working hard behind the scenes.

'So it's very encouraging and the way we've been playing in Italy was very good against different types of opponents but you're going to get that in the Premier League.

'There's something different every week isn't there so I'm sure we can ruffle a few feathers.'

QPR's pre-season preparation has been overshadowed by off-field antics throughout the summer.

The latest development at the Shepherds Bush club is that Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes is in discussions with co-owner Bernie Ecclestone and the Formula One supremo's business partner Flavio Briatore.

QPR last week announced they were in talks with potential new owners, with the interested party having since been revealed to be Fernandes.
The the boss of Formula One's Team Lotus joined Briatore on the pre-season tour of Italy last week and met with Warnock in Bergamo.

But when asked whether Fernandes' takeover could prove a headache, Warnock responded: 'No, not really. I only met him for an hour with Flavio before the game at Atalanta.

'It was a very enjoyable conversation but we didn't have a long chat on that.

'That side of the game is nothing to do with me really, I just try and concentrate on the football side and try and bring one or two players into the club.

'In fairness, I think I've got three very good players and if we can get two or three on top of that, then I think we finish the business just at the right time before that first game of the season.' Mail

MIRROR/James Nursey - QPR closing in on double swoop

QPR boss Neil Warnock is close to securing a double deal for DJ Campbell and Jason Puncheon - despite continuing doubts over his own future.

Warnock, 62, has been surprisingly inactive in the transfer market since guiding Rangers to the Championship title.

Now he has finally got the club’s hierarchy to open their cheque-book for striker Campbell and winger Puncheon.

Campbell, 29, is due from Blackpool for £1.25million and winger Puncheon, 25, is set to join from Southampton in a cut-price deal.

But Rangers' controversial Italian shareholder Flavio Briatore is known to want to bring in a new big-name manager and the club are also in takeover talks with Tony Fernandes. Mirror

FOX SPORTS - QPR preview: Season of struggle beckons
August 03, 2011

PARIS (AP) – FOX Soccer's Barclays Premier League preview continues with a look at one of the promoted teams - Queens Park Rangers.

PR's opening-day blitzing of Barnsley, 4-0, signalled their intent. QPR would never fall out of the automatic promotion places and held top slot for all but two rounds last season - an incredible achievement.

That said, the biggest moment came not on the field but in the English Football Association's boardroom.

PR was faced with the possible of loss of as many as 15 points and potentially being denied promotion because of a dispute involving Argentine player Alejandro Faurlin, whose transfer to the London club involved a third-party fee. (The FA has opposed these after a fiasco involving Carlos Tevez, West Ham and Sheffield United).

Good enough to have been sought after by the likes of Inter Milan, Faurlin chose QPR because of playing time and the FA eventually ruled on the final day of the season that the club was not culpable in any of the third-party issues.

That decision allowed QPR to hoist the trophy; vindicated Faurlin's decision to play in London and manager Neil Warnock could finally reflect on a 24-win season (with only six defeats) and a four-point cushion ahead of second- placed Norwich City.

Promotion to the BPL has become something of a poisoned pawn. While last season's triumph ensured that there will be top level football on view at Loftus Road this season, whether one of London's smaller clubs can manage to relive the days when Terry Venables led them into Europe -- some 30 years ago -- remains very much in question.

Like all of the clubs recently promoted to the BPL, staying up appears to be harder than arriving in the first place. Realistically, QPR will start the season fighting against relegation in a league where at least eight of the 20 members begin each year worrying about the drop.

Warnock's biggest decision will be whether to attack with the kind of reckless abandon that made Blackpool last year's big story (Blackpool, of course, were relegated) or to simply attempt to patch it together and hope for the best in the West Ham style (West Ham, of course, were relegated).

Warnock is known as an inspirational boss so expect plenty of work, but it may not be pretty.

Rangers signed Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd and veteran Kieron Dyer in the first two weeks of July, an indication that they don't have the deep pockets needed to lure big name free agents. (QPR's transfer budget was reported to be a paltry £1.25m.) Bothroyd, 29, should become attack leader while Dyer was added for his experience and the fact that he is a versatile operative.

Warnock is also chasing Blackpool striker D.J. Campbell and wants to conclude a loan deal to acquire emerging Tottenham right-back Kyle Naughton for at least this season.

Both players would increase the options on a roster that is hardly littered with star names.

One thing won't change: Loftus Road (capacity 18,500) in the Shepherds Bush area of the city is one of the smallest and most compact grounds in top level football. If QPR supporters can maintain their optimism, it might not be an easy place for anyone to visit.

Paddy Kenny and Radek Cerny are the goalkeepers expected to battle for the regular job while the defense includes Bradley Orr, Fitz Hall, Clint Hill, Matthew Connolly, Danny Shittu and new signing Danny Gabbidon, all serviceable players, but not one of them are on anyone's radar for future stardom.

Along with Faurlin, Rangers have Icelandic veteran Heidar Helguson, Hungarian Akos Buzsaky and Latvian Kaspars Gorkss. Only Faurlin is under 30, however, which makes you wonder how this aging bunch will survive the rigors the Premier League places on men.

Ghana's Patrick Agyemang can provide a threat up front if he and Bothroyd can form a working partnership. Not unexpectedly, Warnock's teams play a traditional English game, favoring counters, the long ball and a solid defense.

There is enough veteran experience here for Rangers to be more than a punching bag, but in order for that to happen, Bothroyd must make an immediate impact up front and the back four must quickly prove it has the speed to deal with the clever attackers it now must face. The big name of course is attacker Adel Taarabt, last year's leading scorer with 19 goals, and last year's Football League Player of the Year.

The cash-poor club will be sorely tempted to sell him; if he stays and can repeat his pyrotechnics, QPR might have some cut and thrust.

Survival in the BPL would be considered a major success, if not an outright act of magic pulled off by Warnock. One thing in QPR's favor is the glut of other clubs in similar circumstances which means avoiding the drop could come down to attitude and fighting qualities.

That's something Warnock is very good at developing and his teams have always reflected his personality. Look for Rangers to hit the January transfer market in need of at least two squad players who can keep them on course to avoid relegation: if management has the funds Warnock will surely need, then BPL football might still be at Loftus Road in 2012-13. FoxSports

- Two Hundred Percent: Pre-Season Previews: Queens Park Rangers Assessment of QPR

- A Statistical Guide to Points Needed to Stay Up

- Premiership Relegation Odds

Mirror/John Cross - QPR trying to sign Joe Cole on the cheap
- QPR boss Neil Warnock wants Liverpool misfit Joe Cole - but his wages are a massive stumbling block.
- Premier League new boys are running a tight ship and will have to get Liverpool to pay at least half of Cole's £90,000-a-week earnings for any deal to happen.
- Warnock is a big admirer of the England international, and is one of several managers who would be keen to take him on loan.
- But Cole, who has been playing for Liverpool during pre-season, is not ready to give up on his Anfield career without a fight.
- The Reds would also be reluctant to partly subsidise any deal.
- QPR have already signed Jay Bothroyd and Kieron Dyer on free transfers, and a loan for Cole would represent good business.
- A year ago Cole, was the hottest transfer in football but he endured a nightmare first season on Merseyside.
- Tottenham and his former club West Ham have also been monitoring developments concerning the 29-year-old. Mirror

- Comprehensive Preview of Championship, League One and League Two

- Previews/Predictions for 2011/12 CHAMPIONSHIP!

- 2010/11- Championship Attendance Stats (Including Club-by-Club Stats re Travelling Fans)

QPR Squad Numbers Announced
- The squad numbers were released today: No numbers for Cook or Rowlands (or Borrowdale or Vine; Alberti or Pellicori: A few shirts left open - including #9, 15, 17, 18)- Complete QPR Squad

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

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

- Home Ticket Price Information

- 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.

- An Early Preview of QPR vs Bolton

- BBC/Stuart Rowson: Clubs reveal all in BBC Sport Price of Football survey

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