So my loan officially comes to an end, just wanted to say a massive thank you to everybody associated with @QPR The staff, the players and the fans have been top class with me all year! I’ve enjoyed every minute of this loan and I hope I showed that on the pitch! Thank you 🙌🏼⚽️ pic.twitter.com/cWA0GhMRtR
Inspired by Mr Mc’s thread, the usual polar views that emerge on emotive topics, and the latest meltdown over the former mayor’s media outing yesterday, I give you the Last 16 of the Damned. The lesser of two evils in each head to head going through knockout style to face their next opponent in the draw. There can only be one ‘winner’. Who’s yours?
Ken Livingstone v Benjamin Netanyahu Colonel Gadhafi v Sadam Hussain Putin v Assad Stalin v Hitler Blair v Kelvin MacKenzie Murdoch v Maxwell Harris v Saville South Yorkshire Police v The Ripper
Congratulations, you’ve been promoted to the job as Chairman of the club and it’s your first day.
With a recognition that it all can’t be done in one go, and that resources are very likely to be less abundant than they have been in the recent past, what in your opinion would be the order of priority of the following that the club should be focusing resources on?
• A new stadium • A squad to get promoted to, and stay competitive in, the PL • An effective scouting network • A new/updated training facility • A new first team manager • The youth and academy set up • A new CEO • Fans involvement in governance of the club
This club has just announced a record annual profit of £18.7m for 2013-14, the fourth consecutive financial year they have made money. The club's debt remains at £129m, which they say is an interest-free loan from the owner. Their league record for the past 7 years has been: Season League FA Cup League Cup 2007-08 12th (Premier League) Fourth round Third round 2008-09 18th - relegated (Premier League) Third round Third round 2009-10 1st - promoted (Championship) Fourth round Third round 2010-11 12th (Premier League) Third round Fourth round 2011-12 5th (Premier League) Fourth round Fourth round 2012-13 16th (Premier League) Third round Third round 2013-14 10th (Premier League) Third round Fourth round
Would you take this for us?
I think most people would say they’d settle for this for QPR. But if you wouldn't, why not?
ZIMBABWE international defender Dickson Choto has landed at English Championship side Queens Park Rangers and is being assessed by manager Harry Redknapp hoping to secure a contract with the ambitious London club. The 32-year-old defender, who has spent the last 10 years playing for Polish glamour club Legia Warsaw, flew into the British capital last Thursday and was quickly ushered into the QPR family.
Choto was at Bidvest Wits in the South African Premiership, with the hope of coming closer to home as he moves into the twilight of a very successful club career, but when an opportunity presented itself for a dance with the second-tier of English league football, he could not resist it.
Redknapp wants to create a team that features players who are committed to its cause after sharply criticising the egos of the heavily-paid stars, who didn't care about performance, he found when he arrived at the club during their time in the Premiership last season.
Choto's handlers, led by local Fifa-registered agent Kenny Mapeza, believe their experienced man fits that bill and could be a huge asset for Redknapp and his coaching staff if they can seal a deal for the big Zimbabwean defender.
The management team in charge of Choto believe he could provide Redknapp with the kind of defensive strength that he saw in Christopher Samba, the giant defender from Congo-Brazzaville, who was a big-name signing for the English manager from Russia during the January transfer window.
Samba, who also played for Blackburn Rovers in the English Premiership, was sold back to Russian club, Anzhi Makhachkala for £12 million, when QPR nose-dived back into the Championship at the end of the top-flight football season in May.
Choto, at 1.92cm, provides the same aerial strength like Samba, who stands at 1.94cm, and the Zimbabwean is a bit heavier, though, at 95kgs compared to the Congolese who is the more athletic of the duo at 83kgs.
The Zimbabwean defender is three years older than Samba.
Choto has been training with QPR since the weekend and his handlers believe that the coup was getting him to be accepted, for such an assessment, and they are bullish over their player's chances of landing a contract.