Saturday, February 01, 2014

Austin Out for Season?....Birthdays for Two #QPR Number 10s...On This Day Flashbacks: Dean Parrett Sold...Quashie Praising Briatore...Manager Gerry Francis: Club in Crisis/Need a Backer

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- Past QPR vs Burnley


Accurate?

Daily Star -  QPR hitman Charlie Austin out for the season

HARRY REDKNAPP claims Charlie Austin’s season is over - but tipped QPR to win promotion even without their Roy of the Rovers.

By Darren Witcoop/Published 1st February 2014
Austin has single-handedly kept Rangers on course for a Premier League return.

The £4m striker has scored almost half of his side’s miserly 33-goal tally this season.

But the west Londoners have learned Austin he needs surgery on a shoulder injury picked up in the midweek win over Bolton.

Redknapp said: “Charlie will be out for the season and losing him is a blow to us. He’s been fantastic for us - our Roy of the Rovers.

qpr, queens park rangers, charlie austin, austin, harry redknapp, harry, redknapp HOPEFUL: Harry Redknapp hopes that Austin's injury won't affect QPR's push for promotion [GETTY]

“Charlie will be out for the season and losing him is a blow to us”
Harry Redknapp

“Every week he’s pulled us out of the mire. But hopefully we can still maintain our promotion bid despite being without him.”

QPR’s credentials will be put on the line today when they begin life after Austin with the visit of third-placed Burnley.

Redknapp added: “It’ll be a difficult game. People say they’ll fade away but I don’t see why.

Star


BIRTHDAYS FOR TWO NUMBER 10s

Simon Stainrod turns 55 - February 1, 1959.

John Byrne turns 53- February 1, 1961.


Simon Stainrod/Wikipedia Profile



John Byrne/Wikipedia Profile

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37 Years ago Today: League Cup Semi Final First Leg: QPR 0 Aston Villa 0




FLASHBACK 14 YEARS

Just after the Langley/Carlisle injuries vs Fulham

February 1, 2001 - QPR Official Site
GERRY - WE NEED A BACKER



BOSS Gerry Francis spoke at length about his future with Rangers and the possibility of making some loan signings after the defeat against Fulham.

Gerry said:" I don't think my future with QPR is relevant. I've spoken to chairman Chris Wright and he's asked me if I want to extend my contract. But that's irrelevant.

"Firstly and most importantly is First Division survival for QPR. This is not something that has just come about. Rangers have been trying to stay in this division for the last four years, of which last season was the best season they have had in finishing tenth.

"From the chairman downwards, everyone here knows the club needs a major boost of financial investment. Moves to do that are going on and have been going on for some time. So until the situation changes, the manager here - whether it is me or anyone else - will have their backs against the wall.

"I am appealing to see if anyone will come in and help the chairman or even take over the club. If that happens, then the new people may well want to bring in their own manager and backroom staff. So that could happen next week, next month or whenever.

"But that is irrelevant for me. The most important thing is that Queens Park Rangers get their investment to safeguard their future. Because unless they do, it will be very, very difficult times ahead for the club. I saw the situation when I took the job and obviously it hasn't got any better.

" The future of Rangers is so up in the air that we don't even know who will be owning QPR next week or next month or next season. What we do know is that, somewhere along the line, the chairman needs some help financially.

"I am here on my contract until the end of the season. Unless somebody comes in and buys the club and tells me otherwise. But the most important thing for me - which is why I came back in the first place - is the future of QPR. It means a lot to me. So whatever happens, I will be pleased with it - even if it means me and my backroom staff having to lose our jobs.

"New investment would give the club a chance to start dealing on the transfer market, paying decent wages and getting out of the situation it finds itself in. So if that happens, I will be as happy as anyone else to be perfectly honest. I am not someone who needs to work and I wouldn't have come back into management for any other club.

"Chris Wright has told people that he is covering all the losses each year and he needs some help. He's prepared to stand aside if someone comes in with the finances to take the club on. As I am. I know Chris has been speaking to one or two people about investing here. Hopefully that will progress at some stage. It would give the club a chance.

"Chris spent money to buy the club and he laid out a lot of money in his first few years as chairman. He bought players like Mike Sheron and John Spencer and paid big wages. But it didn't work out and Rangers didn't get promoted. Unfortunately, the parachute money finished, the income doesn't cover the expenditure and you end up where Rangers are now.

"I had a meeting with the chairman the other night to see if there is anything we can do. We have an opportunity to bring two loan players in and that is what we are going to go for. We can't really do anything permanent, but we will try to get a couple of quality players in if we can for the period of two or three months that we've got left."







Flashback 4 Years: Nigel Quashie praising Briatore as good for QPR!

Quashie TELLS QPR FANS: BRIATORE IS GOOD FOR THIS CLUB

ABOVE: Nigel Quashie has told protesting QPR fans: Flavio Briatore has been good for this club 1st February 2010 By Scott ColemanYur Shout ( 0 )

QPR 0, Scunthorpe  1

NIGEL Quashie has told protesting hoops fans: Flavio Briatore has been good for this club.

Hundreds stayed behind after watching Rangers lose at home to sc*n*horpe for the first time ever. Many were dressed as clowns as they believe the Italian co-owner’s hire-and-fire policy with managers has left the club a laughing stock.

And a run of just one win in the last 13 games hasn’t improved their mood either, with Briatore and part-owner Bernie Ecclestone leaving well before full-time. But Quashie, who has just rejoined the club from West ham, reckoned the fans should take a look at another of his former clubs. he said: “Fans have their views and I know what they’re about, I know what they want. But the owners have kept the club afloat."

“They have pumped money in and the club is in a financially good position. Just look at Portsmouth. Everyone thought the club was doing well but all of a sudden things turned upside down. so you have to give credit to the owners. They have balanced the books.”

Rangers’ worries were of no concern to sc*n*horpe, who deserved to take all three points. Striker Gary hooper was his side’s outstanding performer. He set up winger Thompson for the winner and had a goal disallowed. No wonder the 22-year-old is being linked with a move to bigger clubs, with QPR understood to have been rebuffed.

Thompson said: “For selfish reasons I want him to stay but you can’t stand in anybody’s way when there’s a chance to step up.

www.dailystar.co.uk/football/view....for-this-club/?


By Daily Express reporter

NIGEL QUASHIE believes QPR’s angry fans need to take a look at one of his former clubs.

Supporters massed behind the main stand after Garry Thompson’s 74th-minute goal had given Sc**thorpe their first victory at Loftus Road.

Many were dressed as clowns because they feel co-owner Flavio Briatore has made the club a laughing stock by firing so many managers.

Quashie, who has just rejoined the club, said: “The fans have their views but the club is stable and in a financially good position.

“Look at Portsmouth. Everyone thought the club was doing well but all of a sudden things turned upside down.

“The owners here are trying to get the club in a position where it doesn’t go under and you have to give them credit for that.”



Also The Mirror - By Oliver Pickup

Nigel Quashie blasted Queens Park Rangers’ fans following their protest outside Loftus Road against billionaire chairman Flavio Briatore.

Angry fans dressed in clowns outfits to complain about the way Briatore has turned the club into a laughing stock.

But the 31-year-old former Hoops’ trainee, who rejoined the club a fortnight ago, reckons they should wake up and be grateful that they have a wealthy benefactor.

In the 29 months since Italian Briatore has been at the helm, QPR have seen no fewer than six permanent managers come and go.

And following Sc*n*horpe’s first ever win at Loftus Road the club sit 12th in the Championship, seven points off the play-offs.

“Do the owners get credit for keeping the club afloat?” asked ex-West Ham midfielder Quashie, with hundreds of fans’ stinging chants ringing in his ears. “In the current climate, balancing the books is not always easy.

“I first left QPR at 19 years of age and the club were in a difficult position – they needed to sell and balance the books. But the owners have kept the club afloat, they have pumped money in to keep it on a level and keep it on a structure.

“The club is stable, in a financially good position and obviously no one wants to see the supporters outside.

“Just look at the likes of Portsmouth - everyone thought the club was doing well, they got into the Premier League and clubs want to push further and all of a sudden things can turn upside down.

“I’ve seen it for myself at West Ham. So you have to give credit to the owners, the owners here have given that structure, balanced the books and people have to respect that.

“They are trying to get the club in a position where it doesn’t go under and you have to give them credit for that.”

Quashie, signed by Mick Harford, the third QPR manager this season, could do little about Garry Thompson’s 73rd minute winner that leaves the club with only seven points gained from their last 11 Championship games.

Sc*n*horpe were combative and deserved their famous win - they have won 10 points from their last four league games and move up to 16th. The Iron’s fan roared: “We are staying up.”

They may not be out of the woods yet, but if they can hang on to key players like Gary Hooper, who Harford was reportedly trying to sign last week, then matters should be in their hands.

The bustling 22-year-old forward was man-of-the-match in an otherwise dour game. He outfoxed the sluggish QPR defence, latching on to Donal McDermott’s lofted through ball and laid on Thompson for his third goal of the season.

It was too much for Brigtore, who immediately stood up and left his seat in the directors’ box, much to the fans’ annoyance. Boos rang out at full time but Harford, in his first home game in charge since he was caretaker manager in 2007, believed that they they were not directed towards the players.

“I don’t think that the fans were booing the team, who played well,” said the 50-year-old. “I don’t know what they were booing for and I’m not sure where Flavio went after the goal.

“If the fans want to voice their opinion then they are entitled to - they pay their money and they pay the players’ wages. It doesn’t affect me or the players.

“The club needs stabilising and someone to take control at all levels and take this club back to where it belongs. My remit is to take first team affairs and that is what I do, though Flavio has not given me any targets.

“I don’t know what Flavio wants from this club. We want to be successful, but success takes time. Hopefully Flavio will give me time. You can’t have it overnight. We are aiming to win as many games as possible.”


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Seven Years ago

Feb 1, 2007

QPR's 15-Year Old Star Joins Tottenham Hotspur
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QPR OFFICIAL SITE
QPR's teenage
starlet Dean Parrett has joined Tottenham Hotspur.
Dean, 15, will move into the Tottenham Academy on a student registration before joining full-time as a scholar in July 2008.
Parrett helped England Under-16s retain the Victory Shield against Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland in October last year.
A talented midfielder with bags of natural ability, Parrett made five starts and four sub appearances for the Under-18's this season, scoring one goal.
Tottenham's Sporting Director Damien Comolli said: "Dean is exactly the kind of player we want to attract to our Club, a player who will be part of the next generation to come through to the first team.
"He is an extremely talented young player who has that rare combination of pace, aggression and creativity."
Academy Manager John McDermott added: "Dean has played wide right, wide left and in central midfield and as a Year 10 or Under-15 player, has done extremely well up against older boys.
"He's very level-headed, has potential, a desire to succeed and that's fantastic raw material to work with. Dean comes into a rich pool of talent able to stretch him, and he will stretch them. We've four internationals in our Under-16 age group and he makes it five."
The deal has been extremely helpful for the club and QPR will benefit from a future move.
The club wishes Dean all the best for the future and thank him for all of his hard work during his time at QPR. QPR

SPURS OFFICIAL SITE ANNOUNCEMENT PARRETT JOINS01/02/2007
The Club is delighted to announce that it has reached agreement with QPR for the transfer of promising young player Dean Parrett.
Dean, 15, will come into our Academy on a student registration before joining us full-time as a scholar in July 2008. An attacking midfielder, he helped England Under-16s retain the Victory Shield against Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland in October last year.
Sporting Director Damien Comolli said: �Dean is exactly the kind of player we want to attract to our Club, a player who will be part of the next generation to come through to the first team.
�He is an extremely talented young player who has that rare combination of pace, aggression and creativity.�
Academy Manager John McDermott added: �Dean has played wide right, wide left and in central midfield and as a Year 10 or Under-15 player, has done extremely well up against older boys.
�He�s very level-headed, has potential, a desire to succeed and that�s fantastic raw material to work with. Dean comes into a rich pool of talent able to stretch him, and he will stretch them. We�ve four internationals in our Under-16 age group and he makes it five.� Spurs



And the Press reports

Dean Parett's Sale to Spurs - Further Reports
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Independent - Tottenham beat Chelsea to signing young talent Parrett

By Sam Wallace -Published: 02 February 2007
Tottenham were last night celebrating victory in the battle to sign one of the most highly rated young players in English football after they beat Chelsea to the signature of Dean Parrett.
The 15-year-old midfielder, who has already represented England at Under-16 level, was signed from Queen's Park Rangers in a deal that could be worth more than £1m according to how he progresses at his new club. The player has been targeted by a host of Premiership clubs and has long interested Chelsea.
A Londoner, Parrett is an attacking midfielder in the mould of Steven Gerrard and has already played for QPR's Under-18s side. A good sprinter in schoolboy athletics, he still attends the Quintin Kynaston school in north-west London. He will become a full-time trainee at Tottenham only in the summer of 2008.
Competition for the top schoolboy footballers, especially English players, is fierce. Tottenham's sporting director, Damien Comolli, said last night: "Dean is exactly the kind of player we want to attract to our club, a player who will be part of the next generation to come through to the first team. He is an extremely talented young player who has that rare combination of pace, aggression and creativity." Independent

Sporting Life - SPURS REACH AGREEMENT FOR PARRETT
By Mike McGrath, PA Sport
Tottenham have reached an agreement with QPR to sign 15-year-old midfielder Dean Parrett.
The teenager will join the academy at Spurs before becoming a full-time player in 18 months.
Spurs sporting director Damien Comolli said: "Dean is exactly the kind of player we want to attract to our club, a player who will be part of the next generation to come through to the first team.
"He is an extremely talented young player who has that rare combination of pace, aggression and creativity."
It had been reported Spurs may have to pay a compensation fee to QPR of up to £2million, which would make him one of the most expensive teenagers in British football.
Spurs academy manager John McDermott added on the club's website www.tottenhamhotspur.com: "Dean has played wide right, wide left and in central midfield and as a Year 10 or under-15 player, has done extremely well up against older boys.
"He's very level-headed, has potential, a desire to succeed and that's fantastic raw material to work with.
"Dean comes into a rich pool of talent able to stretch him, and he will stretch them. We've four internationals in our under-16 age group and he makes it five."
Sporting Life

BBC -Tottenham capture QPR youngster
Tottenham have agreed a deal with QPR to sign 15-year-old midfielder Dean Parrett, who will join the Premiership club on a student registration.
Parrett, an England under-16 international, will join as a full-time scholar in July 2008.
Spurs sporting Director Damien Comolli said: "Dean is exactly the kind of player we want to attract to our club.
"He is an extremely talented young player who has that rare combination of pace, aggression and creativity." BBC




ndependent/Sam Wallace - Tottenham beat Chelsea to signing young talent Parrett

Tottenham were last night
celebrating victory in the battle to sign one of the most highly rated young players in English football after they beat Chelsea to the signature of Dean Parrett.
The 15-year-old midfielder, who has already represented England at Under-16 level, was signed from Queen's Park Rangers in a deal that could be worth more than £1m according to how he progresses at his new club. The player has been targeted by a host of Premiership clubs and has long interested Chelsea.
A Londoner, Parrett is an attacking midfielder in the mould of Steven Gerrard and has already played for QPR's Under-18s side. A good sprinter in schoolboy athletics, he still attends the Quintin Kynaston school in north-west London. He will become a full-time trainee at Tottenham only in the summer of 2008.
Competition for the top schoolboy footballers, especially English players, is fierce. Tottenham's sporting director, Damien Comolli, said last night: "Dean is exactly the kind of player we want to attract to our club, a player who will be part of the next generation to come through to the first team. He is an extremely talented young player who has that rare combination of pace, aggression and creativity." Independent

Sporting Life/Mike McGrath - SPURS REACH AGREEMENT FOR PARRETT
Tottenham have reached an agreement with QPR to sign 15-year-old midfielder Dean Parrett.
The teenager will join the academy at Spurs before becoming a full-time player in 18 months.
Spurs sporting director Damien Comolli said: "Dean is exactly the kind of player we want to attract to our club, a player who will be part of the next generation to come through to the first team.
"He is an extremely talented young player who has that rare combination of pace, aggression and creativity."
It had been reported Spurs may have to pay a compensation fee to QPR of up to £2million, which would make him one of the most expensive teenagers in British football.
Spurs academy manager John McDermott added on the club's website www.tottenhamhotspur.com: "Dean has played wide right, wide left and in central midfield and as a Year 10 or under-15 player, has done extremely well up against older boys.
"He's very level-headed, has potential, a desire to succeed and that's fantastic raw material to work with.
"Dean comes into a rich pool of talent able to stretch him, and he will stretch them. We've four internationals in our under-16 age group and he makes it five."
Sporting Life

BBC -Tottenham capture QPR youngster
Tottenham have agreed a deal with QPR to sign 15-year-old midfielder Dean Parrett, who will join the Premiership club on a student registration.
Parrett, an England under-16 international, will join as a full-time scholar in July 2008.
Spurs sporting Director Damien Comolli said: "Dean is exactly the kind of player we want to attract to our club.
"He is an extremely talented young player who has that rare combination of pace, aggression and creativity." BBC

The People -February 4 SPURS SMASH RECORD By Paul Smith
SPURS have smashed the transfer record for a youngster who is still not old enough to sign a professional contract by recruiting Dean Parrett from QPR.
Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal that the club's investment can rise to £3million if 15-year-old Parrett's career progresses at White Hart Lane. QPR staff are amazed at the deal the cash-strapped Championship side have sealed for the youngster. Spurs have put a £1m downpayment on the midfielder, who will join them as a full-time scholar in July 2008.But there are incentives in the deal, based on the youngster's progress through the ranks and future appearances, that can add a further £2m to the agreed price. Spurs will still see Parrett's recruitment as a massive coup - especially as they saw off a bid from Chelsea.
Parrett is widely seen as one of the brightest prospects in the country.
He's a regular in the junior England teams and is one of the quickest players at youth level. Sunday People

 From QPR Official Site QPR FANS CONSULTATIVE MEETING - FEBRUARY 2007
QPR OFFICIAL SITE - CONSULTATIVE MEETING
QPR Fans Consultative Group Meeting
Tuesday 13th February 2007 - 6pm, The Chairman's Suite, Loftus Road


Minutes
In attendance: Gianni Paladini (GP) Chairman, QPR FC ~ Nick De Marco (NDM) QPR FC legal advisor, and Chair of initial meeting ~ Akin Yilmaz (AK) Club Financial Controller and Company Secretary ~ Pat Harrison (PH) Official Supporters Club ~ Karen Hampshire (KH) Official Supporters Club ~ Tracy Stent (TS) QPR 1st Supporters Trust ~ Stephen Dedridge (SD) QPR 1st Supporters Trust~ Victor Stephenson (VS) Friends of QPR ~ Spencer Schwartz (SS) Friends of QPR.

...2.4. Dean Parrett deal
GP said that the deal was worth £1m up front and with a 25% sell-on clause, plus we will have first refusal on him should Dean be sent out on loan in the future. When asked why there had been reports of the deal having been worth £2m plus, GP replied that the final amount that comes back to the club could amount to the sum that was quoted. When PH informed GP that she regularly goes to the training ground and got to know the family, hence her surprise when he left because as far as she knew, the youngster appeared happy at QPR, GP claimed that both himself and John Gregory were against selling him; that the family had made the decision; that he had been offered a schoolboy contract when he was 14 but he had not signed; and that John Gregory had done the same thing but still the player had not signed. He stated that he (GP) had never approached the family but had dealt with the Wintons who were representing Dean.

PH mentioned about a rumour that had appeared on one of the message boards in which it had been quoted by a school friend of Dean's that he didn't want to leave and again GP refuted this, saying he challenges anyone who says that the club forced him to go. He said that there had been talks with Chelsea but the family had turned this down and then Tottenham had come in for him.

TS then informed GP about a couple of calls she had taken from individuals who had claimed that both himself and John Gregory had forced Dean Parrett's and his family's hand regarding the move to Spurs and the reason why there were discrepancies about the amount/s of money received from the transfer was because they had received bungs via brown paper envelopes, thus taking money away that should have rightfully been the club's. When GP was asked to comment he replied that he had something to show her and left the room for a few minutes. When he returned he was carrying a piece of paper and which he showed to TS which was an invoice showing a transaction made during this month for an amount of £1m from Barclays bank which was transferred to HMCE (the inland revenue). GP claimed that not one penny from the £1m down payment went direct to the club and that it all went to the inland revenue to pay the recent tax bill. He said the bottom line was because of the finances we would have had to have sold a player (from the first team) the Spurs offer came in for Dean Parrett, stating again that neither himself nor John Gregory - who he said had had plans for him to make his first team debut as QPR's youngest ever player - had wanted him to go. GP denied there were any undisclosed payments and challenged anyone who claimed to have evidence of them, or of wrongdoing, to go to the police and/or the FA.

* After the meeting, TS spoke to Alex Winton asking him if he would clarify on a couple of points. Alex told her that he is not an agent; that he helped the family out as a family friend by helping with the negotiations with Spurs; that he received no money; and that so far as he were aware, Gianni Paladini or John Gregory had not wanted Dean to go to Spurs. QPR Official Site
John Gregory Speaks About Dean's Parrett Departure to Spurs
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QPR Official Site - WIN-WIN SITUATION

Gaffer John Gregory believes it would have been wrong to deny Dean Parrett the opportunity to join Spurs.
The 15 year-old midfield prodigy - who helped England Under-16s retain the Sky Sports Victory Shield last year - yesterday finalised a deal that will see him join the Tottenham Academy on a student registration, before he eventually joins full-time as a scholar in July 2008.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Gregory said: "It's a win-win situation for all parties.
"It's been quite a long process in many respects. Loads of clubs have been chasing him - Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea to name a few.
"We've allowed the parents and Dean himself to make up their own minds on the situation.
"For us to turn down the chance for Dean to sign for Tottenham would have been wrong. His Dad is a huge Spurs fan, so in a way it's a dream move for them.''
Gregory continued: "We've been compensated financially for it, we don't deny that, but at the end of the day everyone comes out of the situation winning.
"We've won, Spurs have got their player and Dean has got a tremendous future at one of the greatest clubs in the country.
"Spurs believe in youth - they get thrown in very early and allow them to prosper. In that respect, it's a wise choice by the family to go to Tottenham.''
Gregory refused to rule out the chance of Parrett returning to QPR in the future though, adding: "There's still a chance that we'll see him back here. There's a chance that he might come back here on loan at some stage as part of his development, part of his growing up. We've not turned our back on seeing Dean in a Blue and White shirt at some stage.
"There's possibly more chance of Dean making his Championship debut, before he makes his Premiership bow. There's nothing written in stone, but there's a chance he could return to Loftus Road one day.
"We wish him all the best.''