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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

QPR Report Tuesday: Remy to QPR?....Year Flashback: Mark Hughes "Era" Begins at Newcastle...QPR Pass Hygiene Test!...Three Year Flashback: Hart Out After 5 Games...39 Years Ago: Knocking Out Chelsea



QPR - Kenny, Hill, Derry, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Mackie, Buzsaky, Young, Helguson, Wright-Phillips, Ferdinand -
Subs: Cerny, Orr, Hall, Campbell, Smith, Ephraim, Macheda

NEWCASTLE - Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Ryan Taylor, Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi, Leon Best
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa

1 Man City 20 40 48
2 Man Utd 21 32 48
3 Tottenham 21 18 46
4 Chelsea 21 15 40
5 Arsenal 21 7 36
6 Newcastle 21 5 36
7 Liverpool 21 6 35
8 Stoke 21 -9 30
9 Norwich 21 -4 28
10 Swansea 21 -2 26
11 Everton 21 -4 25
12 Sunderland 21 3 24
13 Aston Villa 21 -4 24
14 Fulham 21 -6 23
15 West Brom 21 -10 22
16 Wolves 21 -14 18
17 Blackburn 21 -12 17
18 QPR 21 -17 17
19 Bolton 21 -21 16
20 Wigan 20 -23 15



QPR's Remaining 16 GAMES (With 14 Points after 22 game...Needed about 25 more Points)


QPR beat Newcastle to £8m signing of Loïc Rémy from Marseille

• Rémy to undergo medical after Rangers hijack deal
• Harry Redknapp sets sights on Yann M'Vila

Dominic Fifield and Louise Taylor

Queens Park Rangers have trumped Newcastle United's attempt to sign Loïc Rémy from Marseille with the striker set to undergo a medical at the London club on Tuesday prior to completing an £8m move to the Premier League's bottom team.

His arrival could be followed by that of the previously much coveted Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, whom Harry Redknapp watched first-hand in Saturday's league game against Bordeaux, for a similar fee as the QPR owner, Tony Fernandes, digs deep in an attempt to preserve the club's top-flight status.

The manager had hoped to strengthen his squad significantly in the midwinter window but, while M'Vila would add to his options in midfield, the need for a striker was most pressing given that Rangers have managed only 17 goals this term, and with Djibril Cissé expected to depart.

Redknapp had travelled to France this month to watch Rémy – who has been capped 17 times by France but was little used at Marseille this season after expressing a desire to leave last summer – having come close to signing the player while Tottenham Hotspur's manager a year ago. The fee asked at the time, around £22m, had dissuaded Spurs from pursuing that option despite Rémy being keen on the move.

The Frenchman had opted against speaking face to face with the QPR manager this time around, apparently put off by the team's desperate plight at the foot of the table, though the money the Londoners are willing to pay him appears to have been persuasive: the club are offering a package worth around £75,000 a week plus bonuses if the team avoid relegation, thought to be virtually double that proposed by Newcastle in their effort to replace Demba Ba on Tyneside.

Losing out on Rémy constitutes a major blow for Alan Pardew, who had felt the deal was all but done on Monday after talks between the club director Derek Llambias, the player and his representative. QPR eventually tabled their own formal bid to match the £8m on offer from Newcastle and, with permission granted to talk to the player, the 26-year-old and his entourage flew to London to discuss personal terms, leaving Llambias to pursue alternative targets. Interest has been expressed in St Etienne's Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who would cost around £6m, and Paris Saint-Germain's Mevlut Erdinc.

Newcastle's manager hopes to persuade his captain and key defender Fabricio Coloccini to remain at St James' Park for at least the remainder of the season. Difficulties in Coloccini's personal life have made the centre-half keen to return to his native Argentina but it is hoped that the matter can be resolved during a meeting between Newcastle directors and Coloccini's representatives scheduled for Wednesday.

Pardew, whose side have lost 11 of their past 15 games in all competitions, is less concerned about quotes in the French media attributed to Hatem Ben Arfa, his principal creator who is receiving treatment for a torn hamstring at Clairefontaine, near Paris.

The France winger apparently suggested he would favour a summer move to PSG but it is understood he is happy at Newcastle and determined to stay in England. Were he to leave the north-east it would be for a Premier League club involved in the Champions League.



Monday, Jan 14 2013 Rodents at Man Utd and Chelsea's out-of-date turkey... find out who wipes the floor with the competition in the Premier League's clean table

By Tom White, Press Association

PUBLISHED: 03:08 EST, 14 January 2013

Mice, uncooked chicken and out of date turkey are just some of the hygiene nasties that health inspectors have discovered at Premier League football grounds.

The two most recent environmental reports from teams in the top tier of English football have revealed some surprising findings.

An inspection of Manchester United's stadium Old Trafford discovered that the club has previously had to deal with the presence of rodents.

Scroll down to read the findings from each club...
Rodent problem: United were told to continue monitoring for mice

Rodent problem: United were told to continue monitoring for mice

The report, which also found a broken tap and flaking pipework, instructed them to 'continue to monitor and react to the mouse activity'.

Chelsea FC, bankrolled by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, were criticised for previously almost serving 'cooked turkey saddles' that were out of date.

As a result they were warned that this was a 'serious contravention' of hygiene laws.

Health chiefs also expressed concerns about the selling of stockpot and several frozen steak and mushroom pies that were not labelled correctly.

A follow-up inspection did find action had been taken though, and noted hygiene had become 'generally excellent'.

The information, which was obtained through Freedom of Information requests, also highlighted some other interesting discoveries.
Out of date: Chelsea almost served out of date turkey

Out of date: Chelsea almost served out of date turkey

Swansea City were guilty of serving ready cooked chicken that was still pink, leaving an open packet of ham in a kitchen and allowing some pate to go out of date.

At Fulham's ground, Craven Cottage, an open box of bread rolls was left out under a wash basin, while Reading FC were told to clean out the dead insects and cobwebs in a drinks area.

But for many other teams in the league, such as Aston Villa, Wigan, QPR and West Ham, it was just smaller issues such as temperature control and general cleaning that were highlighted.

And reigning champions Manchester City were given top marks, with the inspector writing there was 'very good hygiene standards in place'.

In response to the report Manchester United said they had a 'robust pest control system' and that if any incidents do occur they take 'immediate and appropriate action'.
How each club fared:

Arsenal - scored top marks with inspectors with no contraventions of legislation witnessed

Aston Villa - picked up on maintaining temperature control, a lack of water being provided to certain units and a leaking drain pipe

Chelsea - out of date turkey saddles were almost served, frozen pies were not correctly labelled and concerns about the sale stockpot. A follow up inspection recorded hygiene being generally excellent

Everton - high standards of food hygiene and safety were noted by the inspectors

Fulham - an open box of bread rolls found under a basin, a hole in a wall which could have given access to pests, and a pair of rusty scissors

Liverpool - showed good standards and procedures

Man City - noted for very good standards and no action required

Man United - criticised for flaking paintwork and concerns were raised about the presence of rodents, with the report instructing the club to continue to monitor and react to the mouse activity

Newcastle - no problems were discovered by inspectors at St James’s Park with good standards observed

Norwich - no response

QPR - a few minor problems found at Loftus Road such as a few loose taps, no hot water to a hand basin and low lighting in certain areas

Reading - inspectors found dead insects and cobwebs at the Madejski Stadium, which they instructed the club to clean away, as well as a hole in a ceiling and rubbish behind the PG Tips table

Southampton - instructed to clean one of their ceilings, refill a soap dispenser and sort out a gap in a floor which provided potential access for pests

Stoke - told to clean a dirty vacuum packer and take action on some pouches for vacuum packing that were stored in a dirty box

Sunderland - inspection found the Stadium of Light to comply with hygiene and food legislation

Swansea - chicken being served that was still pink, out of date watercress, out of date pate and an open packet of cooked ham left in a kitchen

Tottenham - scored well in the report with food hygiene being recorded as well managed

West Brom - top marks for West Brom as hygiene standards were recorded as being very high

West Ham - some extractor filters needed to be cleaned and a missing ceiling tile needed to be replaced

Wigan - high standards were noted at Wigan with the report just telling them to ensure temperatures were recorded properly

The Independent (from a couple days ago) re Fairness of "Parachute Money" to relegated Premiership Clubs

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