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Sunday, January 01, 2012

QPR Report Monday: Macheda Signs..Norwich...OTD Flashback: Borrowdale, Routledge, Helguson, Ephraim, Connolly, Buzsaky Join QPR...Pellicori

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Posted on: Mon 02 Jan 2012

Neil Warnock has swooped to bring highly-rated Manchester United hot-shot Federico 'Kiko' Macheda to Loftus Road on a short-term loan deal.

The Italian striker, 20, has penned a deal until the end of the season and in doing so, becomes Warnock's first signing of the January transfer window.

The R's gaffer told www.qpr.co.uk: "This is a great opportunity for both parties. Federico is not getting a regular game at United quite obviously because of the quality of the squad they've got.

"Everybody in the league is in envy of what Sir Alex has there, but what he is trying to do is get Federico some game time in the Premier League. I am sure he is still a part of their future plans.

"I believe this can really work for us because he is positive and always in and around the box. He can finish too.

"He puts defenders under pressure, he's a strong lad and he's got a yard of pace as well. If we can get him the ball in the right areas I am sure he can get us a few goals.

"It's a great way for us to start the January transfer window. I have said all along that we want to get a couple of younger lads in and that's what we are going to do."

Macheda hit the headlines at Old Trafford when he bagged the winning goal on his debut for the Red Devils - an injury-time blockbuster against Aston Villa in April 2009.

He has made 15 starts and 18 substitute appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, scoring five goals in all competitions.

His most recent goal arrived in United's Carling Cup quarter-final defeat to Crystal Palace in late November.

Macheda - who will wear the number 33 shirt - told www.qpr.co.uk: "I was attracted by the challenge and by the players that QPR brought in during the summer.

"There are some very big players at the Club now and I am really looking forward to training and playing with them.

"I also know the fans are very, very passionate, and this interested me also."

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Posted on: Mon 02 Jan 2012

Federico Macheda says he has come to QPR to "work hard for the team and for the fans".

The 20 year-old, who has joined the R's on loan from Manchester United for the remainder of the season, told www.qpr.co.uk:"I am here to train hard firstly and then I hope to play a big part in the games.

"I want to play more but I know this won't be easy. But I will work very hard for this."

Macheda has been limited to substitute appearances in the Premier League for United this term, and he added: "There is a lot of competition at Manchester United, there are some very good strikers there.

"But I am still young and I need to get more experience in the Premier League."

With options available to him, Macheda revealed he opted for a move to Loftus Road because of the direction the Club has taken since winning promotion to the top flight in May, and the subsequent takeover by Tony Fernandes.

"I was attracted by the challenge and by the players that QPR brought in during the summer," he said.

"There are some very big players at the Club now and I am really looking forward to training and playing with them.

"I also know the fans are very, very passionate, and this interested me also."

And it would appear United's Rio Ferdinand, bother of R's defender Anton, also played a part in Macheda's decision.

The Italian revealed: "I spoke with Rio and he told me that QPR is a very good Club and that if I did come here it would be good for me and would help me to develop as a player."

Macheda has switched competing for the title at Old Trafford to fighting to stay in the Premier League with the R's, and he added: "I am looking forward to this challenge.

"I am sure we will be OK because there are some very good players here.

"Now I want to work hard for the team and for the fans. "


Q&A by QPR Report's Maudesfishnchips" Many thanks to Rick Waghorn of http://norwichcity.myfootballwriter.com/

How long have you supported Norwich City?

I have been reporting their fortunes in a professional sports writing capacity for the last 20 years; first for the local evening paper, then from 2006 my own stand-alone journalism website, http://norwichcity.myfootballwriter.com/

Who are Norwich City’s biggest Rival and why?

Ipswich. The 'folk' north and south of the River Waveney' have never got on.

Are you happy with your team and how things are to date? – summer spending/selling so far?

I think everyone has to be happy with the start Norwich have made on their return to the Premiership; solid, summer signings of young, hungry Premiership wannabees has helped dispell talk of a 'Costa del Colney' culture at the club's training HQ.

What do you think of your current Owner? WHY is he/she involved? What do you expect from him?

The club's long-time owners are Delia Smith and her husband, Michael Wynn Jones. 'Nuff said, I suspect.

How do you think Norwich City treats its fans? Appreciates them? Listens to them? Screws them?

By and large - under Delia's careful watch - Norwich have been pretty exemplary in its treatment of its supporters; there is a large 'community club' streak to the Canaries which has, pretty much, survived their elevation into the Premiership. Of late, a slightly 'harder' edge has arrived in the boardroom via chief exec David McNally. But whilst the club continue to rise and rise under Paul Lambert, complaints are few and far between.

Who are you Dangermen/Most valued/most overrated/most underrated players?

Grant Holt continues to give his critics the bird; the manner in which Warnock always draws attention to Holt's ability to 'con' referees on the edge of the box always smacks to me of a grudging admiration for the 30-year-old whose Bergkamp-esque strike away at Everton proved again that Grant is more than an old-fashioned battering ram.

Under-rated has to be centre-half Russell Martin; a right-back by repute, the former Posh skipper answered the manager's call when injury struck at centre-half and hasn't looked back since. Cool, calm and a greater talker at the heart of that Norwich defence, his three goal-line clearances against Arsenal puts him in pole already to win the Player of the Season 'gong'.

Are you happy with your youth set up? Is your club doing enough to bring young/local talent through the ranks?.

Norwich's problem youth recruitment-wise has always been the 90-minute journey time - giving them Thetford Forest and Dogger Bank as prime recruitment areas. So it's been hard work for all concerned; their biggest success is in the goalkeeping department. Watch out for Jed Steer, who spent the autumn on loan at Yeovil. He has fellow England Youth international Declan Rudd ahead of him, too.

Who would you say was the greatest City player that you yourself personally saw? And past player? (You can name more than one if it's that close!)

Ian Crook was a class apart; Darren Huckerby - on his day - was unstoppable. Having written a book on '12 Canary Greats', Martin Peters' name is always talked about in reverential terms.

What is your prediction for Norwich City this season?

They will be safe; anywhere between 10th and 14th is within their grasp - particularly if they spend well again this window.

Are you aware of any player or manager links between our two clubs past and present?

Neil Warnock and Norwich have always enjoyed a lively relationship. I half suspect there is a grudging admiration on both sides - if they ever cared to admit it.

What is your view and the general City view of QPR (If we even feature in your consciousness) or of Neil Warnock and our owners?

Think QPR have turned the corner owner-wise after the Briatore days; Fernandes has strong Norfolk links with his Team Lotus connections. I think most people expect QPR to stay up alongside Norwich; there is a sense that money is less of a hardship at Loftus Road than Carrow Road. Bold move taking Barton off Newcastle's hands.

Who(if any) is your most memorable/favourite QPR Player over the years?

Stan Bowles. Being brought up in Slough, Ian Gillard used to be a local hero.

Any memorable matches between our two clubs that stand out for you? And the reasons why?

Last two games at Carrow Road have been big, noisy and tight affairs; Russell Martin - see above - certainly enjoyed both. Monday will, no doubt, be the same again.

Your score prediction for QPR v Norwich City?


What, realistically, do you think City are capable of achieving in the next five years?

Cementing their place in the middle third of the Premiership; Europa Cup via the Fair Play route?

Rick Waghorn

Barnet Official Site - BORROWDALE LOAN "ON HOLD"

Posted on: Sat 31 Dec 2011

A planned loan extension until the end of the season for 26-year-old QPR left back Gary Borrowdale is on hold.

Borrowdale, who has played 15 games on loan for the Bees since September, did not sign the necessary form to extend the loan "because of a contractual dispute with QPR".

With Borrowdale's loan period due to expire after Friday's game against Crawley Town, the clubs prepared and signed the necessary paperwork in midweek. Borrowdale told the Barnet coaching staff he wanted to speak to the Rangers coaching staff about the document... and it remained unsigned by the player when he turned out for the Bees at Crawley.

The situation is that the paperwork is in place for a renewed bid to extend the contract but Borowdale is unlikely to be available for Monday's home game with Bristol Rovers.
Dennis Signy Barnet Official Site

- Borrowdale Stats

- Flashback Videos to QPR New Year Day Wins of 1972 and 1991

- Knighthood for Former Aston Villa Chairman, Doug Ellis (whose first Managerial appointee was Tommy Docherty in 1968/69 after his 28 Days at Loftus Road!)

- Year Ago, announced, Petter Vaagan Moen joining QPR

(Photos from Bushman Archives)

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