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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

QPR Report Tuesday: Warnock Reportedly Wants QPR Payment...On This Day Flashbacks: The China Brawl...Third Division QPR Reach Wembley


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QPR's CEO: QPR Prepared Even if Relegated

QPR chief executive Phillip Beard insists relegation from the top flight would not prevent the club achieving their lofty ambitions.

Beard, who was a senior member of the successful London 2012 Olympic Games bid team, joined QPR in August following Tony Fernandes' takeover.

With the transfer window closed, the club are turning their attention to achieving long-term ambitions, which include building a new training ground, improving their youth system and eventually moving from Loftus Road to a new stadium.

QPR face a battle to make sure their immediate future is in the Premier League, but Beard insists the club will press on regardless of what division they are in next season

"I am working hard to make sure everything we need to do to maintain our position in the Premier League this season can happen," he told QPR podcast Open All Rs.

"Whatever happens, whether we hopefully stay up or, heaven forbid, things don't work out and we go down, that cannot be a signal to stop what we want to achieve with the club.

"What we have to do is do everything we can to stay up, which is our number one priority.

"The second priority is we need to build and facilitate a new training ground, not just for the first team but we need to build the academy at the club.

"For young people coming through we need to make this a club that people want to come and join at a very early age so we can develop and nurture talent.

"And then if we really have long-term goals and aspirations - and I think they are achievable - we need to find the right location to look at developing a new ground for QPR, somewhere the club is the anchor tenant at that stadium and where we will be able to do other activities in terms of sport and entertainment.

"Football will be the bedrock of that stadium and a place where we can generate additional revenues from other activities so that the business plan for the club is sustainable.

"That is the goal and objective of all the shareholders. It is the objective of myself and everybody at the club and I hope every QPR fan will share that vision and dream that we can achieve that.

"The first thing, and it is absolutely without question the most important thing, is to make sure we try and stay in the Premier League."

While Beard believes the club's future lies away from Loftus Road, he insisted they would remain in the Shepherds Bush area and that "two or three options" are already being mooted.

"I can't talk too much about it because it is still in its formative plan," he added. "What I can say is that we totally understand it needs to have great transport links.

"It has to embrace everything that Loftus Road stands for and, by that definition, it has to be somewhere that is in the same vicinity." Sporting Life

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- Nice: Piece "Moment in Time: When QPR Almost Won The League"

- Football Aid 2012 – Play at Loftus Road. And Help Charity!

- PFA's Gordan Taylor Warns of Crowd Abuse of Players Complaining of Racism

- QPR and the Other 19 Premiership Clubs Sign Sports Charter Against Homophobia (Don't think been a separate QPR Announcement re this)

- Remaining Fixtures: Bottom Six Clubs

- John Terry Captaincy Aftermath: Reactions - Including from England Manager, Fabio Capello

- RIP: Nottingham Forest's Chairman Nigel Doughty (and Father of QPR Youth Player, Michael)

- England U-19 Squad Announced (Sadly none from QPR)

- Ex-QPR Matteo Alberti Gets a New Club

- Next (Thursday February 9th): Newcastle vs QPR - FA Youth Cup

Mail/Neil Ashton

EXCLUSIVE: Sacked Warnock chasing £1m contract pay-off from QPR

Last updated at 10:32 PM on 6th February 2012

Neil Warnock will meet QPR chiefs on Tuesday in an attempt to resolve a bitter £1million pay dispute with the Barclays Premier League strugglers.

Warnock is demanding that Rangers pay up the remainder of his contract after he was replaced by former Manchester City and Fulham boss Mark Hughes last month.

He still had 18 months left on his deal and wants a settlement agreed as he contemplates a return to football management.
Settlement: Neil Warnock will seek £1m from his former club QPR

Settlement: Neil Warnock will seek £1m from his former club QPR

Warnock is still being paid by Rangers and cannot work again until his dispute has been resolved, but he will meet chief executive Philip Beard to thrash out terms.

He was the lowest paid manager in the Premier League after taking Rangers back into the top flight last season. Incredibly, Warnock was still working on Championship money of £750,000 a year at the start of this campaign.
New man: Mark Hughes took over as boss of QPR after Warnock was sacked

New man: Mark Hughes took over as boss of QPR after Warnock was sacked

He had been expected to sign a new £1.5m-a-year deal, but talks were delayed because of the club’s chaotic ownership situation.

The former Sheffield United and Crystal Palace boss worked under three different owners in six months at Loftus Road after taking Rangers up.

Warnock has won seven promotions during a colourful managerial career and is now considering his options. He has told friends he is enjoying his current media work, but also believes he has ‘one last challenge’ left as a manager. Mail

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-Chairman Tony Fernandes tweeted yesterday that would stay with QPR even If relegated:
In response to the the Tweet "What Fans Would REALLY Like to Hear: That IF #QPR Do Go Down - You'll Still be With Us Next Season" Tony Fernandes replied "If it happens I will be here and I'm sure all the other will. Its a project
[ "If it happens I will be here and I'm sure all the other will. Its a project. RT @QPRReport: @tonyfernandes @Amit_Bhatia99 @Ruben_E_G What Fans Would REALLY Like to Hear: That IF #QPR Do Go Down - You'll Still be With Us Next Season - Tony Fernandes February 5 Tweet

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