QPR Report Twitter Feed

Saturday, March 24, 2012

QPR Report Saturday: Another Crunch Game...Will Barton Start?...Tony Fernandes re Delayed John Terry Case and Handshake...Bruno Andrade Profiled




- QPR REPORT MESSAGEBOARD - Visit the cutting-edge, football-only, QPR Report messageboard (and see items you won't usually read elsewhere
- Visit the truly-fascinating Bushman QPR Photo Archives

- SUNDERLAND - Shared Players/Past Results & Reports

- Starting at Game Time: Join in the QPR Report LiveChat

- On This Day, March 24 at QPR and in Football

- QPR CEO Philip Beard Speaks net week at the Soccerex European Forum, in Manchester on "The Financial Management of Clubs"

- The Secret Footballer re Medicals

- Do it! Do it! Do it! David Lacey/The Guardian "Chelsea could do worse than choose John Terry for their new manager. It is in the realms of fantasy but there are successful precedents for promoting a player at Stamford Bridge..."

AF- QPR owner criticises Terry case delay

QPR owner Tony Fernandes Saturday criticised the lengthy adjournment of John Terry's racial abuse court case as the furore continues to hang over his club.
Fernandes, speaking to AFP ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix, kept an open mind on whether alleged victim Anton Ferdinand should shake the hand of Chelsea's Terry when the teams meet again on April 29.

But he said the case's adjournment until July 9 -- after Euro 2012, which wraps up eight days earlier -- had made life difficult for all parties. Terry denies racially abusing Ferdinand during a game in October.
"Let's wait till the day and see what happens," Fernandes, who also owns the Caterham Formula One team, said of the handshake when QPR play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
"The court case should have been done by now," he added. "To be fair to John Terry, to be fair on Anton, to be fair on the paying public. It shouldn't have been delayed."

The case has had wide-ranging repercussions. In February, Fabio Capello resigned as England manager after the Football Association (FA) stripped Terry of the national team's armband.
In January, the FA cancelled the traditional pre-match handshake for QPR's FA Cup clash with Chelsea after it emerged players were planning to snub Terry. AFP

I could drop Barton admits QPR boss
Published 21:30 23/03/12 By Neil McLeman


QPR manager Mark Hughes has warned that Joey Barton's status as club captain will NOT stop him being dropped at Sunderland.

Hughes claimed on Friday he had yet to decide on his starting XI for Saturday's visit to the Stadium of Light, but he did admit Rangers were a better team after a lacklustre Barton was subbed against Liverpool on Wednesday.

The controversial midfielder, who has only missed three games through suspension this season, has since used Twitter to hit back at the fans who booed him off the Loftus Road pitch.

After QPR pulled clear of the drop zone with their stunning comeback win in midweek, Hughes could decide he needs Barton's battling skills as they seek their first back-to-back Premier League victories of the season.

But the Welshman admitted he was delaying naming his team as he mulled over whether to stick with a winning formula.

"Irrespective of your standing in the squad, you still have to perform," said the Hoops boss. "I always reserve the right to make a judgement based on what I see at any given time.

"Will the decision to drop Barton be more difficult because he is captain? Not really. I pick teams I feel will win Premier League matches. I have to make sure the balance of the team is right and the energy levels of the team is right.
"I will make judgements based on those factors and a number of others. I don't base my selections on individual personalities - it is about the make-up of the team and the team I feel will be best prepared and best capable to win a Premier League team."
Hughes will not ban Barton from Twitter, but said his skipper had to accept the criticism which is a by-product of his notoriety.

"When you're a high-profile player, it comes with the territory," the manager continued. "He's got quite a few sayings. Most of them I've heard before, a few he's possibly made up himself.

"You get the gist of it. He's a well-read guy, and tries to illustrate his feeling. He gives people a platform to respond and he enjoys that.
"At the moment, and certainly the other evening, he didn't play to the standards we know he has. He has held his hands up. But Joey has a part to play from now to the end of the season."
England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips was dropped on Wednesday after Hughes admitted he "has been struggling for form".
Hughes added: "Some players at times need to be taken out of the fray and given time to recuperate. Shaun will be a big player for us from now until the end of the season."
Djibril Cisse will be raring to go against another of his former clubs,after scoring QPR's equaliser against Liverpool.

And after the Clint Hill goal that wasn't at Bolton, Hughes hopes his team's luck has changed before they face Arsenal and Manchester United in their next two games.

"We were disappointed after Bolton because we felt we lost the game as a direct consequence of things out of our control," he said.

"We were making our own luck against Liverpool by the manner of our performance and our strength in the last period. We have to replicate that in the games we have left."

- Ex-QPR Richard Langley Blogs about the Liverpool game and re Joey Barton

Neil Warnock's weekly column re Derry, Mackie and Orr...

"... 3 Lucky for everyone that I'm not at Loftus Road any more!

It's a good job I wasn't at QPR the other night when Shaun Derry scored his first goal in five years. I've been saying for years I'll show my backside on the town hall steps when he scores. I was pleased for him, he deserved that for being such a good pro. It was nice to see him and Jamie Mackie, two of the old guard, turn their game against Liverpool around. The crowd always respond to Jamie, he's such an enthusiastic player, full of zest and I wasn't surprised he had an impact.[/b]

The other big midweek result at the bottom was Blackburn beating Sunderland. I[b] was pleased for Steve Kean. He really has come under fire this season but whatever people say about the owners, they have shown support for him and are now getting the reward. It would have been much easier to have given in to the mob[/b]. I wasn't surprised by their win. Blackburn trained at our ground a few days earlier Steve was making a change in routine and I had a good chat with him. They looked in really good spirits and Bradley Orr, who played under me at QPR, said they are a really good group of boys and responded well to the manager..." Neil Warnock/The Independent

Bleacher Report - By Miles Yim
Premier League: 1 Youth Player Each Side Will Promote Next Season...

"...QPR: Bruno Andrade, Midfielder

Queens Park Rangers presents a special case for this list, as the club lost its academy status after filing for administration back in 2001. Since then, the QPR brass has tried desperately to retrofit its Center of Excellence located in Harlington, but its petition to the Premier League was denied due to the lack of an indoor training facility.

Still, there is young talent to be had for Super Hoops. A product of the Center of Excellence, Bruno Miguel Carvalho Andrade has already made two appearances for QPR, but with the club’s recent acquisitions in January, was moved back to the reserves.

Andrade has been with the West London club since he was 13 years old, impressing many with his wide-play as a youth squad member. He was loaned out to Aldershot recently for experience, but only saw one appearance.

If a spot opens up with the first team on the flank, the 19-year-old Andrade wouldn’t be the worst choice for QPR as they battle relegation. Bleacher Report

JACOB MURTAGH/FULHAM CHRONICLE - QPR reveal plans for pre-season tour to Far East
- QPR have revealed plans for a money-spinning pre-season tour to the Far East – even if they get relegated.
- Malaysian chairman Tony Fernandes is keen for the club to branch out to Asia, which will see the Rs play a series of warm-up games ahead of the beginning of next season.
- QPR's Premier League survival hopes were given a major boost with Wednesday night's midweek win over Liverpool.
- And boss Mark Hughes confirmed the club will press ahead with the trip even if they're preparing for life in the Championship.
- He told the Chronicle: “There’s already plans to do a Far East tour. That’s pretty much in place and will be confirmed in the next few weeks.
- “We’re getting on with the business. Where? Malaysia and Bangkok I believe. You’ve got to arrange that sort of thing no matter what else is going on.” Fulham Chronicle

- QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes View of Israel - Fernandes one the VIP Endorsers of the forthcoming "Global March to Jerusalem"
- Statement and Signatories - About the Global March to Jerusalem

- Reminder: May 20 at Loftus Road 'former greats from Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and QPR take part in a four-team tournament"

- QPR's http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifLatestAccounts:

Blog Archive