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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

QPR Report Tuesday: Clubs Unhappy With Their Websites...Flashback: QPR's Beloved Chairman Paladini Vs Fan Magazine AKUTRS...Cisse's Struggle...Dyer's Recovery...Terry's Day of Judgement

Year Flashback! QPR Played Aston Villa at Loftus Road. Among the Attendees....


Charles Sale/Daily Mail

Clubs' fury over faulty websites as new platform is beset by problems

There are big issues with the Football League’s faulty umbrella website operation which is used by 86 clubs, including eight in the Barclays Premier League.

Football League Interactive, which manages and develops internet and mobile rights for their clients headed by PL teams Stoke, Wigan, West Bromwich and QPR, launched a new platform in July with a fresh technical partner SapientNitro, a US digital media company,

But there has been a wholesale backlash from clubs up and down the country at the poor service, technical problems and the complicated navigation system of the newly introduced sites that have seven million users.

Problems: QPR's website is one of many using the new platform

Richard Heaselgrave, chief commercial officer of the Football League, faced mass complaints about the website difficulties at a meeting with disgruntled clubs held at Wembley before the England game against Ukraine two weeks ago.

The Football League had held a tender for the website partnership at which SapientNitro, who have set up three templates for clubs to adapt to their individual online requirements, outbid previous operators Perform.

A Football League spokesman said: ‘There have been technical issues with other digital projects on this scale. We are resolving them and the sites are improving. It was a huge exercise to launch more than 80 websites in a matter of weeks.’Daily Mail

Six Year Flashback: "The Club" (ie Gianni Paladini) Versus The Fan Magazine, AKUTRS

QPR Official Site - Monday, September 25, 2006


Statement by Gianni Paladini on the recent edition of 'A Kick Up The Rs:'

The publication 'A Kick Up The Rs' has recently published a deeply misleading, inaccurate and scandalous article about myself and Queens Park Rangers FC.

A number of serious allegations have been made in that publication which are not true. The publication failed to contact myself or anyone else at the Club to verify their allegations.
Considering the seriousness of the allegations, I have been reluctantly forced to take legal action. The matter is now in the hands of my solicitors.

I expect a comprehensive retraction and apology from the publication for publishing these falsehoods. If they are not prepared to provide that, the matter will be dealt with by the courts.

I am sorry it must come to this, but in order for me to be able to defend myself from such blatant and hurtful untruths, I have no alternative than to take this action.

I shall make no further comment on this matter until either the apology and retraction has been received or legal proceedings are concluded."

A Month Later...

QPR Official Site - October 26, 2006 - QPR Official Site "An Apology"

The Editor and proprietor of the fanzine 'A Kick Up The R's' today agreed to publish the following retraction and apology to QPR Chairman, Gianni Paladini:

In the September edition of the newsletter 'A Kick Up the R's', we published a series of articles by Cos Atiolis about Mr Paladini, the Chairman of Queen's Park Rangers football club.
In these articles we falsely suggested that Mr Paladini was involved in fraud, corruption, malpractice and dishonesty, and made a number of other serious false, misleading and defamatory statements about him.
We now fully accept that there is no truth whatsoever in these allegations and we are extremely sorry for the distress and embarrassment caused by the articles.
The newsletter containing the articles has been withdrawn from sale and we have offered Mr Paladini a full right of reply to the articles, which will appear in the next edition.
Paladini said: "I am delighted that the fanzine has withdrawn the untrue and unfair allegations it made against me, and that it was possible to resolve this without legal action.
"Although everyone has a right to free speech, and I welcome constructive criticism, I take my professional reputation very seriously and will not stand by whilst I am accused falsely.
"I find these allegations distressing, not just because they damage me, but also because of the distress they cause to my family and to QPR fans.
"I would never want to fall out with any of our fans. The way to move this club forward is to be united.
"Fortunately, AKUTRs has accepted there was no truth to the serious allegations it published and has retracted them. I will be exercising a full right to reply in the December edition, and I hope that is then the end of the matter."

[NOTE: There ended never being a published Paladini response in AKUTRS
The December issue of AKUTRs (#200) was published - without any reply from Paladini.

In a piece/editorial in the latest AKUTRs (AKUTRs #200), entitled "Gianni Paladini v AKUTRs," editor Dave Thomas reports on the process in which the apology/retraction was demanded and discussions/"negotiations" between Thomas and Paladini (and solicitors) was conducted; and the fact that at AKUTRs publication deadline (November 20), no Paladini response was forthcoming - or in fact any response/communication from Paladini and/or solicitor since the end of October of that time]

Ian Cooper/London 24

The QPR Verdict: Cisse’s struggles threaten to derail Rangers’ steady progress

Ian Cooper Monday, September 24, 2012

Five games into the new season and Mark Hughes is yet to get the best from the French striker

QPR continue to make tentative progress this season but their recent league outings have highlighted a problem in attack which Mark Hughes appears no closer to solving.

Hughes has yet to get the best out of Djibril Cisse this season, and as the Frenchman was restricted to his fourth successive appearance as a late substitute against Tottenham, Hughes’s comments on the former Liverpool and Sunderland man were revealing.

“He started the first two games, then I changed things around with different formations for different challenges we faced playing away from home,” said Hughes.

“We know what Djibril gives us. He is an outstanding finisher and we have to make sure that we are strong and compact enough, and have the quality about us to release him at the right times.

“We haven’t had the solidity to do that as yet, but Djib’s a great impact sub to come on.”

Cisse has become the most high-profile victim of Hughes’s early-season tinkering, as the manager seeks to find his most effective formation after a summer of upheaval.

The 31-year-old is an unpredictable character, capable of moments of brilliance, underlined by his magnificent run of form last season which provided the bedrock to Premier League survival.

But it is that unpredictability – Cisse’s tendency to drift in and out of games – which has made Hughes reluctant to play him in a 4-4-2 system which at times leaves Rangers vulnerable on the counter-attack and in need of strikers who are capable of supporting an under-pressure defence.

In the recent games against Manchester City and Chelsea, in which Hughes needed to strike the right balance between attacking potency and defensive resilience, he opted for Andy Johnson to partner Bobby Zamora, praising Johnson’s energy as QPR performed credibly in both matches.

Had Johnson remained fit, it is likely that he and Zamora would have continued that partnership, particularly at Loftus Road where the need is for Hughes’s side to find the net with regularity.

However, the season-ending injury which Johnson suffered against Chelsea leaves only Cisse and Zamora able to occupy the centre-forward positions. Against Tottenham on Sunday, Hughes placed his faith in Zamora as the lone striker in a familiar 4-2-3-1 line-up.

Zamora is ideally suited to such a role, and he once again underlined his worth to the side with his fourth goal of the season. He was at the heart of easily the best football QPR have played under the Welshman’s guidance, scoring clinically in the first half and giving Spurs’ centre-backs William Gallas and Jan Vertonghen a torrid opening 45 minutes in the pouring rain.

But when Hughes took Zamora off in the 72nd minute, bringing on Cisse but sticking with the same formation, the Frenchman who is yet to score in the league this season again proved that he is ineffective playing as the lone striker.

Hughes was keen to abandon last season’s 4-2-3-1 formation for a more offensive 4-4-2, but Johnson was central to those plans and Hughes appears completely unwilling to let his two other strikers loose in tandem. The only option would be to stick with Zamora up front, and continue with Cisse’s new role as an ‘impact sub’.

But that could yet prove a risky move. Zamora is the only player to score in the league for Rangers this season – two from open play, and one penalty rebound. If Hughes is to persevere with 4-2-3-1 QPR’s supporting midfielders must also start scoring with regularity.

QPR’s next five league matches see them entertain West Ham, Everton and Reading – all games from which, if Rangers have serious ambitions this season – they should target maximum points.

Trips to an impressive West Bromwich Albion side and, more significantly, Arsenal, are the ideal occasions on which Zamora can lead the line when QPR’s priority will be to avoid defeat.

But certainly at home, Hughes needs to find a way to get the best from Cisse, or QPR’s most dangerous attacking weapon will be lost amid a series of appearances from the bench.

Follow me on Twitter @QPRTimes.  London 24


By Darren Lewis

24 Sep 2012 22:30

Queens Park Rangers Here wee go! Kieron Dyer tells how urine tests have ended his injury nightmare

The jinxed England midfielder has started just 16 league games in the past five years, but QPR's sports science department finally have him fit and firing

Fantastic specimen: Dyer played almost the whole game against

Kieron Dyer has revealed that Mark Hughes and his Queens Park Rangers backroom staff have given him a new lease of life - by taking the pee out of him.

The luckless 33-year-old has made just 16 Premier League starts in FIVE YEARS because of injuries.

But he has credited Hughes and QPR for using a unique approach to highlight potential problems before they occur.

After a lengthy run-out as sub in Sunday's loss to Tottenham, Dyer said: “There’s a lot of sports science involved. We take saliva tests, pee tests, everything, in the morning.

”If my saliva test is a bit high, they pull me out of training, or modify it. They’re doing fantastically well for me - and it seems to be working.

”They take a swab and they can tell if you’re feeling stressed, if your body's not 100 per cent. That’s the way the game is going.

”It’s all ifs and buts. We’ll never know what might have happened if I’d had this treatment before. I’m not looking to the past, I’m looking to the future because these are very exciting times for QPR.

"I haven’t played regularly for the last four years, so hopefully I’m still classed as a 28-year-old and not a 33-year-old!”

Kieron Dyer is stretchered off during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Bolton at Loftus Road Trying start: Dyer goes off after being injured minutes into last season

Rangers have yet to pick up their first Premier League win of the season, and the side has been completed overhauled since that 5-0 thrashing at home to Swansea in their opening game of the season.

Dyer revealed he has been boosted massively by Hughes’ insistence that he is part of the new-look Hoops team.

It is a far cry from last December, when Dyer picked up a knock in his comeback game from an injury suffered minutes into the first game of the season - and subsequently lost his squad number.

He added: “Neil Warnock was the manager at the time and he was devastated for me. He said to give it a few weeks then we’d sit down and talk about the future.

"But then there was a change of manager. Mark Hughes straight away said he wanted to give me another chance. And that’s what’s happened.

Kieron Dyer of Newcastle is attended to by club Physio Kenny Wharton What a pain: Dyer gets treatment in 2005-06, when he played only 13 games for Newcastle

”I played 60 minutes in midweek and another 90 on Sunday, so I’m getting the minutes under my belt.

”I haven’t missed a training session this season and been available for every game, so things are going great for me.

”We just need to start getting a few points on the board and everything will be falling into place.”

Cynics questioned Hughes' wisdom on Sunday when he sent on Dyer to replace right-back Jose Bosingwa, who injured a hamstring just a minute into the Spurs match.

But the former Ipswich, Newcastle and West Ham man lasted the remainder of the game and was praised by Hughes afterwards.

Dyer went on: “I started my career at Ipswich there and made my England debut at right-back.

”I haven’t played there for a while. I was sitting down there, enjoying a cup of tea, and the next thing I know I’m getting thrown in at right-back against Gareth Bale - so that was a good test for my hamstrings!

"I’m gutted we didn’t get the three points but, from a personal view, it’s going well.

”I feel 100 per cent.

"I felt I was up and down like a young Kyle Walker, especially in the first half. The hamstrings held up well, and playing against one of the best wingers in the world was a good test.”

Kieron Dyer of West Ham is taken off after an injury Not again! Dyer averaged four starts per season for West Ham

As for the doubters, Dyer went on: “I’ve been called a lot worse than injury-prone, trust me, so I’m very thick skinned when it comes to criticism. It doesn’t bother me.

”As long as you’ve got the right people around you and supporting you, that’s all that matters.

”I got a lot of messages of support from my fellow pros - ‘Head up, we’re all devastated for you’, that kind of thing.

”But not once did I get down. I just thought, If I get another chance then I’m going to prove everyone wrong.'

”I’m getting some minutes under my belt and if I stay on the pitch then I’m going to prove a few doubters wrong.”

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