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QPR OFFICIAL SITE - Ruben: This is not short term for us
 6th March 2013
by @OfficialQPR
Major shareholder Ruben Emir Gnanalingam explains importance of academy development

This is no four-year plan, it’s more like a 40-year plan"
Ruben Emir Gnanalingam
RUBEN EMIR GNANALINGAM has spoken of the Board’s long-term plans this week following the youth department’s recent move to BA Clubs’ Concorde Club.

QPR’s under 18s right through to the under 12s will be developed at the Cranford-based complex, and Gnanalingam took time out from his busy schedule to go on a recent tour of the facility.

“This area of the football club is the one we are most interested in,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “Definitely one of our priorities going forward is the development of our younger players.”

The Board demonstrated their determination to see QPR retain its Premier League status with their recent activity in the January transfer window which saw them twice break the club’s record transfer fee with the acquisitions of Loic Remy and Chris Samba.

But Gnanalingam - pictured presenting BA Clubs CEO Tony Dormer with a signed QPR shirt, alongside R's CEO Philip Beard - is keen to stress they are focusing on more than what occurs in the next 11 weeks.

“The rules of football are changing dramatically and you have to be able to develop your own players in order to be sustainable,” he explained, in reference to the introduction of Financial Fair Play.

“We have to make sure we can compete with other clubs in terms of the facilities we offer our younger players.”

Gnanalingam joined QPR along with chairman Tony Fernandes and fellow-major shareholder Kamarudin Bin Meranun in August 2011, and he explained: “We have always had a long-term vision from the moment we came to QPR.

“This is not short-term for us. This is no four-year plan, it’s more like a 40-year plan.

“Developing our academy and a new training ground are things we will do regardless of where we are. That has never changed.

“From day one when we arrived, we said the training ground needed to be changed, and the academy needed to be built up. And that’s what we are doing.”

Raheem Sterling came through QPR’s youth system before being sold to Liverpool in 2010, and has since gone on to feature regularly for the Merseysiders’ first team.

“He is a perfect example of why we must make sure our academy can compete with other clubs’ academies,” Gnanalingam added.

“It means a great deal for the QPR fans to see a player come through the youth system and represent the first team.

“We want to see that happen too. A moment like that will represent one of the better moments in what will hopefully be a very long time for us here at QPR.”


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Just what is Harry Redknapp's game at QPR?

06 March 2013

Around the time Harry Redknapp was raging against a negative newspaper story, shortly after living through another tension-packed afternoon attempting to avoid relegation, a thought struck me: what’s really in this for him?

This is a manager who, just 13 months ago, had everything in place for a spectacular climax to his long career in football management.

Stood on the steps of Southwark Crown Court a free man after being cleared of tax-evasion charges, Redknapp appeared to have the enviable headache of choosing whether to extend his stay with a resurgent Tottenham side or step into Fabio Capello’s job and take England to Euro 2012.

How quickly things changed. Spurs began their late slide into fourth place in the table to render them vulnerable to Chelsea’s Champions League success against Bayern Munich, with Redknapp all the while seemingly alarmed that the Football Association’s call had not yet come.

Spurs had offered Redknapp a lucrative new contract but a deterioration in form while waiting for the FA to act complicated his situation to the extent that by the time England appointed Roy Hodgson, the club felt they had a mandate to remove their manager.

Redknapp’s relationship with Tottenham owner Joe Lewis had soured and he was paid off but despite Spurs’ slump, he remained a martyr in many eyes. Unfairly treated by Tottenham and overlooked by England, Redknapp’s stock remained high.

There is no tangible method of assessing it but managers who leave clubs in positions of strength see their reputation increase over a certain period of time, until a point is reached where they have been out of work for too long and suddenly they seem bygones of a different era. Alan Curbishley is one such current example.

However, Redknapp was nowhere near this position when he took over from Mark Hughes at Queens Park Rangers in November, barely five months after leaving Spurs.

Had he stayed out of football and in a part-time punditry role (although too much exposure can often lead to a manager being perceived more as a pundit than a boss, as is seemingly the case with Curbishley), Redknapp would have remained among the favourites for any top job in England.

Is that now the case? Even if Redknapp keeps QPR up, it is hard to see how his reputation will be improved given the money he has spent and the controversy emanating from the Loftus Road dressing room.

QPR have taken a huge financial gamble in their attempt to avoid relegation and while it is the responsibility of the owners to maintain a sensible use of resources, Redknapp could have his image tarnished by association for playing a role in another club’s monetary turmoil after his experience at Portsmouth.

It remains to be seen what happens to Rangers and their finances but, given their plight, Redknapp clearly had more to lose when taking over. Had he stayed away, he could have been a genuine candidate to take over at Chelsea, perhaps Everton should David Moyes move on this summer. That does not feel the case now.

Of course, the most logical explanation for Redknapp’s decision to take charge is money. He is reportedly being paid £3million a year with a considerable bonus on top should the club avoid relegation.

They have a chance of doing just that, albeit a slim one, after last Saturday’s victory at Southampton. It would be a fine achievement but not one to significantly enhance Redknapp’s CV for the top job he surely craves.

He turned 66 last weekend. Despite Sir Alex Ferguson’s longevity at Manchester United, there are few managers able to go on into their 70s. Redknapp does not have a lot of time to repair his reputation should QPR be relegated — he will surely not stick around and oversee a promotion bid from the Championship.

If he has indeed solely taken the job for money, then he deserves everything he gets. The court case told us he is bad with money but surely he doesn’t need a job to pay the bills now and so it is hoped his motivation is purer.

One powerful football agent used to working closely to Redknapp told this column he took the job “because he is addicted to the Premier League — he would have taken anything just to get that adrenaline rush again”.

Addictions rarely work out well. Sooner or later, your reputation is irrevocably damaged. Redknapp is running that risk....  Standard


1(1)Manchester United28214368274167
2(2)Manchester City28213469204966
3(3)Tottenham Hotspur28165752341853
6(6)Newcastle United2812884041-144
11(11)Swansea City2899103134-336
12(12)Norwich City2899103945-636
13(13)Stoke City28106122739-1236
14(14)West Bromwich Albion28105133437-335
15(15)Aston Villa2871293135-433
16(16)Blackburn Rovers2867154060-2025
17(17)Bolton Wanderers2872193157-2623
18(18)Queens Park Rangers2857162948-1922
19(19)Wolverhampton Wanderers2857163058-2822
20(20)Wigan Athletic2849152453-2921

And how things finished

1 (1) Manchester City 38 28 5 5 93 29 64 89
2 (2) Manchester United 38 28 5 5 89 33 56 89
3 (3) Arsenal 38 21 7 10 74 49 25 70
4 (4) Tottenham Hotspur 38 20 9 9 66 41 25 69
5 (5) Newcastle United 38 19 8 11 56 51 5 65
6 (6) Chelsea 38 18 10 10 65 46 19 64
7 (7) Everton 38 15 11 12 50 40 10 56
8 (8) Liverpool 38 14 10 14 47 40 7 52
9 (9) Fulham 38 14 10 14 48 51 -3 52
10 (10) West Bromwich Albion 38 13 8 17 45 52 -7 47
11 (12) Swansea City 38 12 11 15 44 51 -7 47
12 (13) Norwich City 38 12 11 15 52 66 -14 47
13 (11) Sunderland 38 11 12 15 45 46 -1 45
14 (14) Stoke City 38 11 12 15 36 53 -17 45
15 (15) Wigan Athletic 38 11 10 17 42 62 -20 43
16 (16) Aston Villa 38 7 17 14 37 53 -16 38
17 (17) Queens Park Rangers 38 10 7 21 43 66 -23 37
18 (18) Bolton Wanderers 38 10 6 22 46 77 -31 36
19 (19) Blackburn Rovers 38 8 7 23 48 78 -30 31
20 (20) Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 5 10 23 40 82 -42 25




R's forward moves to Kingfield Stadium on loan ...
QPR UNDER-21S striker Adam Francis has today joined Woking on loan for the remainder of of the Blue Square Bet Premier season.

The 20-year-old is part of Marc Bircham's Elite Development Squad, recently returning from a one-month spell at Staines.

Francis - whose contract at Loftus Road expires in the summer - will stay at the Kingfield Stadium until Saturday 20th April. QPR

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