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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

QPR Report Tuesday Update: Fernandes: QPR as a Business....Rodney Marsh Birthday...Ex-QPR Appointed USA (Goalies) National Team Coach

Birthday for Rodney Marsh: Marsh Memories
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MAIL/Chris Wheeler - Fernandes insists QPR are not his 'plaything' as he vows to run club as a business

- Tony Fernandes has warned Queens Park Rangers he will not bankroll the club’s long-term ambition to become a top-flight force.
- The Malaysian tycoon, who took over in August, said: ‘QPR have to make money. This has to be run as a business or we are not being fair to the players or the staff. This is not a plaything.’ Mail

INDEPENDENT/Glen Moore - Fernandes targeting QPR profit through 'proper business sense'

In the era of Roman Abramovich, Sheikh Mansour and a collapsing economy, football would seem more than ever to be the place to make a small fortune, provided you start with a big one, but the new owner of QPR disagrees.

Having turned around a failing airline in the wake of 9/11, taking advantage of cheap labour and airline rental costs, Tony Fernandes knows a fiscal crisis can be an opportunity as well as a concern and he believes his timing is perfect. "It is always good to come in in a recession [and] I believe we are going to have that double-dip," he said. "That cleanses out the craziness sometimes.

"Football needs to change. The real value of players has become completely inflated. There are clubs out there who are spending money that if they were in a real business they could not afford. That inflates it for everybody.

"For the sake of football, proper business sense has to be made. If you look at the Premier League, this is a good time to [buy a club]. There is a bit more sensibility coming in."

The Air Asia owner has seen a precedent, in Formula One, in which he runs Lotus. "We have a resource agreement [in F1] and people are now controlling their spending," he said.

The Malaysian, speaking in an interview in fcbusiness magazine, insisted QPR would have to make a profit. "This is not a black hole of Calcutta or a trophy asset," he said. "This has to be run as a business. The first step is to avoid relegation, then we need to sort out the ticket prices [Fernandes inherited some of the highest in the game following pre-season increases by the previous owners], and get reconnected with the fans. As we move up the Premier League, there is more money through TV revenue, but it will be very important to build a fan base."

* Chelsea fans who hold shares in Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO) held their first major organisational meeting last night to discuss the club's proposal to buy back the freehold of Stamford Bridge from CPO. Fans' groups believe that shares in CPO can still be bought and are urging supporters to sign up before the vote over the issue on 27 October. The club published a detailed account online yesterday as to why they do not believe Stamford Bridge can be expanded. Independent

BBC - Former England stopper Chris Woods named US goalkeeping coach
Chris Woods Woods made over 603 appearances in his club career between 1976 and 1998

Former England stopper Chris Woods has been named as the United States' national team's goalkeeping coach.

Woods took part in a US team training session on Monday afternoon, ahead of an exhibition game against Ecuador on 12 October.

The 51-year-old has been Everton's goalkeeper coach for 13 years, where he works with USA number one Tim Howard.

Toffees manager David Moyes has given permission for Woods to take the job while continuing in his Goodison role.
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Woods set a British record between November 1986 to January 1987, while at Rangers, by playing 1196 consecutive minutes of competitive football without conceding a goal.

The former Norwich and Rangers stopper made 43 appearances for England between 1985 and 1993, making both his debut and his final appearance against the United States.

Woods has been appointed by new USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann.

US Soccer Federation spokesman Neil Buethe confirmed that a formal contract with Woods was still being worked on. BBC

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