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- The New QPR Publication, #2 - InsideR: The 2013/14 QPR Kits are on page 58

- Two Years Ago Today: QPR Honoured at City Hall!

 QPR History in Photos: From the 1880s to the 21st Century - The Bushman QPR Photo Archives



- Birthdays Today for Clive Allen, Dexter Blackstock and Mbia

Five Year Flashback: New QPR Manager, Iain Dowie Speaking/Making Sense


- Dean Parrett Released by Tottenham. (Flashback 6 Years: The QPR Sale)

How it all Began: The Season Opener Against Swansea!

Two Year Flashback: Danny Graham Reportedly Signing for QPR!

Two Year Flashback: Tony Fernandes Pursuing West Ham

- Four Year Flashback: It's (Apparently) Jim Magilton as new QPR Manager

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By David Maddock
It's them or me: Either QPR dump flops or I walk says Harry Redknapp

19 May 2013 22:30
"There is a little group I need to get out and new blood in," says Harry as Rangers' relegation season ends in defeat at Anfield

Eye sore: QPR manager Harry Redknapp wants bad apples OUT

Scott Heavey
Harry Redknapp has delivered one final, scathing attack on some of his over-paid, over-rated QPR players.

He insisted he will only continue as manager if he can replace them and claimed one player had been fined more this month than he earns.

The Rangers boss watched in horror as his side finished bottom of the Premier League after another abject display, this time at Anfield. And he pulled no punches as he laid into some big-name stars as he lifted the lid on some shameful scenes at the training ground.

Speaking about his future, the experienced manager explained with a mixture of anger and regret: "If I can't change it around during the summer and get some good lads in, I wouldn't want to come back. There is a little group I need to get out and new blood in.

"I want to put a team together where I can look forward to coming into work. I don't want people coming in late and me fining players every day. One player got fined more this month than he did in wages - and believe me he earns plenty of money.

"I don't need to come to work every day and have that aggravation. I want to get a group in willing to come learn and take a bit of pride in what they do. There is a good group, but we need to get more in and get some out. Hopefully I have support from board and we have to see what players we can find."

It is clear Redknapp is talking about his 'star' players like Adel Taarabt and Jose Bosingwa, who were both left out of the squad entirely at Anfield yesterday after playing against Newcastle last week.

QPR were awful against Liverpool, producing barely a chance on goal until sub Jamie Mackie shot wide with the final kick of the game.

And the manager had more harsh words for some of his players, when he insisted they have made life so hard for him to turn things around next season.

"It isn't going to be easy shifting players. You can always shift players people want and it will be difficult," he added.

"There are bigger clubs in the Championship. We have no divine right to come back. We finished bottom because we're the worse team. We have been short of quality. It is not a good squad. It was one that wasn't good enough." Mirror



20:00 19th May 2013
by @OfficialQPR
R's boss seeks culture change following final day defeat ...

HARRY Redknapp aims to restore some pride after QPR’s Premier League stay ended with a final day defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.

Philippe Coutinho’s first-half strike proved the Reds match-winner at Anfield as Rangers failed to find a response at the other end.

Redknapp conceded the R’s lack of talent ultimately proved their downfall, falling short in their bid to stave off relegation.

“We worked hard enough but we haven’t quite got the quality,” the R’s boss told www.qpr.co.uk.

“We certainly haven’t got the quality Liverpool have got. There was a big gulf between the two teams in terms of quality. 

“We’ve hung in there, done our best but we haven’t been good enough.

“We’ve finished bottom because we’re the worst team.”

Redknapp has his sights on the summer as he strives to rebuild Rangers ready for life in the Championship 

The R’s boss knows the calibre of new recruits is vital if they are to make amends for this season’s failures with a swift return to the top flight.

“We’re looking for players that can get you out of the Championship next year,” he added.

“I want to get a group in that are pleased to play football and come in every day willing to learn and take a bit of pride in what they do.

“It’s not going to be easy, it’s a tough division full of quality, big clubs. We’ve got no divine right to come out of the league next year.”

Read more at http://www.qpr.co.uk/news/article/190513-harry-liverpool-reaction-827636.aspx#8CCZiHXmMkXLQqg9.99 

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Liverpool give Jamie Carragher perfect ending with win over QPR

Andy Hunter at Anfield

Regrets? Jamie Carragher can have few. The Premier League winner's medal that would have completed his collection is one; the 30-yard shot that cannoned off a post on his 737th and final appearance for Liverpool another. The biggest, however, was articulated and felt by the Kop and Brendan Rodgers – it is all over, and all over too soon.

In truth Carragher's farewell to Anfield after 16 outstanding years was a day for tribute, not regret, and the script was followed to perfection with the agonising exception of the 62nd-minute shot that flew beyond Rob Green in the Queens Park Rangers goal only to rebound clear off the woodwork.

There was a rousing reception before, during and after a game settled in the 23rd minute – Carragher's number – by Philippe Coutinho's stunning finish. One more clean sheet will be consolation to this most conscientious of defenders.

Steven Gerrard stepped out first before kick-off, suited and with shoulder swathed in a sling following a recent operation and with Luis Suárez behind him as Liverpool players and staff, plus QPR, formed a guard of honour for the 35-year-old.

The Kop held aloft a mosaic that read "JC 23" as Liverpool's vice-captain emerged with his children, James and Mia, and Anfield dreamed of a team of Carraghers. He looked suitably embarrassed and implored his team-mates to break from the line and start the warm-up.

But the most telling tribute was unscripted. "One more year, one more year" chanted the Kop. It grew louder in the 70th minute when Carragher chased 40 yards to beat Loïc Rémy to the corner flag and turned the ball back to his goalkeeper, José Reina.

Liverpool began scouring the globe for new central defenders in January. It will be some feat if they unearth someone with the same commitment and desire as the man from Bootle.

Jamie Carragher takes the plaudits after being taken off in his final game for Liverpool, a 1-0 Premier League win over QPR. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images
"One of my biggest regrets is that I never had longer to work with him," Rodgers admitted. "It is with great sadness that he is moving on, but we have to move on. I don't think there are many about like him. There is not many around like Carra with his quality so we need to find a good one to come in and support the group. It won't be easy."

That Carragher would depart on the winning side was never in doubt and Harry Redknapp declared he may leave QPR this summer if suitable reinforcements, and departures, are not made. "If I can't change it around during the summer and get some good lads in I wouldn't want to come back," said the visitors' manager, who omitted José Bosingwa and Adel Taarabt from his squad. "One player got fined more this month than he earned in wages and he earns plenty of money."

In his programme notes Rodgers described his debut season as Liverpool manager as one of "disappointment and delight" and admitted: "I have a long way to go to gain your trust fully." He cited the emergence of several young talents as a major positive, however, and backed that conviction by giving Jordon Ibe his debut.

The stocky 17-year-old from Bermondsey, signed from Wycombe Wanderers 18 months ago, thrived in the space afforded by Rangers and justified his inclusion before creating the winning goal for Coutinho. Controlling an awkward crossfield pass from Stewart Downing on his chest, Ibe cut inside Michael Harriman and Stéphane Mbia and showed the presence of mind to assist a better-placed colleague rather than take a hopeful shot. Coutinho, far and away the best of Rodgers's signings as Liverpool manager, swept a perfect finish into the bottom right-hand corner from 25 yards.

That should have been the second of the game for Liverpool and their destructive Brazilian. Coutinho was somehow left unmarked when Downing swung over a second-minute corner and steered a diving header beyond Green at the back post. Harriman hooked the header clear but Liverpool players immediately claimed the ball had crossed the line. Replays suggested they were correct.

The second half was an exhibition until Carragher, who escaped a booking for trying to score with his hand at one point, was withdrawn for a standing ovation in the 86th minute.

The final word, given on the Anfield pitch, belonged to him. Carragher said: "I'd just like to say thanks to everyone here today and everyone who has supported me since I made my debut in '97. I scored at the Kop end on my home debut and almost finished it off today.

"I've had lots of great times and have got lots of great memories and that is down to Liverpool Football Club and the supporters who have dragged us over the line many times. Istanbul, Cardiff; you've played your part. Thank you."

Man of the match Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool


  • Jose Reina
  • Glen Johnson
  • Jamie Carragher
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Sanchez Jose Enrique
  • Stewart Downing
  • Leiva Lucas
  • Jordan Henderson 
  • Jordon Ibe
  • Phillippe Coutinho
  • Daniel Sturridge
  • Sebastian Coates (s 85')
  • Fabio Borini (s 64')
  • Suso (s 74')
  • Brad Jones
  • Oussama Assaidi
  • Conor Coady
  • Andre Wisdom
  • Rob Green
  • Michael Harriman
  • Nedum Onuoha
  • Clint Hill 
  • Armand Traore
  • Ji-Sung Park
  • Shaun Derry 
  • Stephane Mbia
  • Loic Remy
  • Bobby Zamora
  • Andros Townsend 
  • Jamie Mackie (s 72')
  • Esteban Granero (s 45')
  • David Hoilett (s 80')

Unused substitute

  • Brian Murphy
  • Fabio Da Silva
  • Max Ehmer
  • Jay Bothroyd




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