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Barbet makes it three for Warburton’s Rangers – Signing
at 23:49:55

Cheers Clive.I'm pleased with this signing. The only area that wasn't mentioned was his pace, because we do need more speed at the back. Just based on the comments though he sounds like a good foil for Leistner's brute strength and with his versatility we now look to have a pretty sound defence with options right across the back in the event of injury. Clearly defence was Warburton's priority, and rightly so with 70 goals conceded, but we do need some reinforcements further up the pitch - especially a goal -scorer (as opposed to a striker) so let's hope this is addressed with equal smoothness and efficiency
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Keeper Kelly becomes Warburton’s first addition – Signing
at 19:25:32

Oh and another thing ( my first thing is after Wallace report!) Bringing players down from Scotland hasn't proved a particularly successful strategy for Championship clubs in the past. Middlesboro comes to mind especially
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Rangers stalwart Wallace heads for Loftus Road - Signing
at 19:17:05

Cheers Clive, impressed with his sense of loyalty as much as anything, could easily have abandoned ship when Rangers were demoted to the basement tier. Bidwell was steady and unspectacular, I'll settle for the same. We'll need to keep Manning on stand-by though. More concerned by Kelly signing to be honest. Do we need him? And if he is 'comfortable playing out from the back' he better be prepared to run all the way to the opponents penalty box, but as we discovered very early last season, nobody else is!
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Warburton the latest to try and halt QPR's sad decline - Column
at 22:23:36

My biggest concern is that he has never managed in the prem so when he gets us promoted next season he won't know what to do
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Smith's late winner finishes QPR's season on a high - Report
at 23:48:46

Cheers Clive. Interesting fact that 38 of the 62 goals that we scored in all comps were scored by players who definitely, probably or hopefully (Lynch) won't be here next season. By this I mean loanees, out of contract and Freeman - it's a big hole to fill.
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The absolute state of the QPR nation – Preview
at 00:53:06

Brilliant, brilliant piece, Clive,what a way to sign off another season!. Stand out section for me was paragraph 5 - totally hit the nail on the head.
Question : If - as you rightly point out - we have been all over the shop in terms of continuity with recruitment as we bend to the whim of every new manager, then how can we accurately gauge what Ferdinand/Hoos are looking for in a manager? If all previous appointments have been made over their heads by the Board, then we have nothing with which to reference their selection criteria from the past. So with FFP biting even deeper next season and with no more parachute payments, then clearly the emphasis has to be on the academy - but that was also the case last season and it lasted for four games to the outsider looking in ( and never got off the ground even pre-season as observed by you guys on the inside).
For me. Ferdinand was an absolute legend as a player, and Hoos did an amazing job elsewhere, but how can we say this is THEIR preferred manager, when we have nothing to base their preferred model on?
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Penalty pain, Manning improvement, centre back selections - Knee Jerks
at 22:20:35

Thanks Antti
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Forest flop leaves QPR nursing unwanted record - Report
at 22:16:38

Cheers Clive. See my comments on April 25 at the bottom of the Derby report. I'm sure there is a way of copy and pasting but no good at that craic The only thing I would add re the Ainsworth debate is - do we want another ex-hero to be a sacrificial lamb and have his reputation tainted? Does he? .
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Ways to lose at football - Report
at 10:20:55

The most disappointing thing for me is that we have regressed in every aspect of the club since this time last year. I'm happy with year -on -year progression no matter how incremental that progress is and to be fair to Holloway he had achieved that despite the histrionics and erratic team selections. This season is so hard to analyse as it was your typical 'game of two halves'. Up until Christmas, bar our early season collapse, we were doing fine, exceeding expectations and then we had the total collapse afterwards, which is still ongoing right to the end.
The contributory factors to that post Christmas collapse have been well documented by Clive; fixture congestion (caused by a bloody cup run ffs) an unusually tough run of fixtures, player fatigue and rank bad luck. But the test of a manager's metal is to somehow arrest the bad run despite all these circumstances and McClaren failed miserably to achieve this. Dyche turned it around at Burnley despite a dire first half of the season, Benitez keeps a poor Newcastle side afloat and Howe refuses to allow Bournemouth get dragged into a relegation dog-fight. At our own level, Hull and Preston turned early season poor form around despite limited resources/lunatic owners.
So here we are, manageress ( the list of candidates soon to exceed our points tally) several points shy of last season, little progress on youth development and FFP still firmly dictating our future. Clive will pick over the carcass of the season far more informatively (and humorously ) then I would be able to - but in a nut-shell I'm far less optimistic about what to expect next year than I was 12 months ago.



























































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Ways to lose at football - Report
at 22:37:02

Cheers Clive. Officially safe therefore Eustace has fulfilled his remit. By garnishing 4 points from 15, as you say Clive, much more down to the incompetence of others. 48 points should not be enough with 2 games to go. At least we're not taking on Forest needing to win for the 2nd time in 3 years - that would be really tempting fate.
Just curious to know what is the selection criteria the players use to make an effort in. They clearly have a chat amongst themselves and decide in advance. No to Norwich and Blackburn yes to Milwall and Derby and YES YES to Swansea - weird
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QPR's crawl to finish line reaches Derby - Preview
at 23:50:06

@ stneotsbloke - a reference to the Leeds boss's spying palaver v Derby (and others) earlier this season I suspect
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Back to life, back to reality – Report
at 23:24:36

I get it Clive, when you are going weekly it's much more of a social event than just the game. But it galls me that players can deliberately underperform and there are no sanctions in place to prevent that. And of course it's not just QPR it happens at virtually every club at some point or another.
It shouldn't be up to the fans to impose sanctions ( like stopping season-ticket renewals) to prevent underperformance anyway, that should be up to the employers. But you can't drop them because (A) we don't have a big enough squad and (B) they get paid anyway so they would be happy enough to completely sit it out rather than go through the motions on the pitch.
The only way would be to dock players part or all of their wage if they underperformed. I know this is currently illegal, but in many other walks of life, remuneration is linked partially or completely to performance and I think for many mercenary players nowadays the only way to concentrate the mind is through the wage packet. The romantic notion that they are playing for the badge (despite the gross practice of kissing it at any available opportunity) is long gone.
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Back to life, back to reality – Report
at 23:28:55

Thanks Clive . So is it fair to say tat Eustace has fallen out with Cameron - A mute point I know given the short-term nature of both men's immediate QPR future, but the man can play CB. Anyhoo to enter the season ticket renewal debate - purely hypothetically in my case - but I would be much less inclined to renew after the performance against Swansea than any of the numerous defeats and inept performance since Christmas. Why? Because that performance PROVED they are capable of matching or bettering any team outside the top seven or eight ( and maybe some of those too), which, by extension PROVES they can't be arsed as opposed to not being good enough in the majority of these defeats. They are better than Rotherham, better than Stoke, better than Birmingham, better than Milwall, better than Wigan, MUCH better than Bolton, but they failed to win any of these matches. Why on earth would you pay to watch a team that completely disrespects their fan-base?
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Six keys to total turnaround - Knee Jerks
at 16:25:41

Cheers Antti. Manning was a decent left winger at Galway so is comfortable on that side. Think he did a pretty decent job in the centre of the park for Olli 2 years ago before we had the rat but definitely think left side is his best position, Not blessed with central defenders or money so with Lynch gone (please!) Bidwell as a left-sided CB is another possible option. if we assume that Freeman will be sold to balance the books and we have no money to spend then maybe 3 (Furs/Toni/Bids) 1(Hall) 4(BOS/Luongo/Scowen/Manning) 1 (Eze) 1 (Smith/Oteh)
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QPR back from the dead with random Swansea trouncing – Report
at 11:40:11

Rather than being a mystery I think the last 8 days are a perfect microcosm of life as a QPR fan - Pathetic, mundane and exhilarating in equal measures. Cheers Clive as always
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QPR make their point at Millwall - Report
at 22:37:43

Cheers Jordan -an important point and a clean sheet for Lumley. They've been scarce since Xmas
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Spot the difference, QPR annihilated at Norwich - Report
at 22:18:14

Hi Clive,
I don't ever remember such an outpouring of raw fury from you, despite some of the dire situations we have been in the past. We are in trouble.
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Runners and riders - Column
at 22:14:39

I don't think Holloway is in any position to be 'spitting blood' to be honest. He presided over 3 (bar Brentford last-gasp draw) 6 match losing streaks. He failed miserably to arrest our away form and he behaviour post-match made Sherwood normal. What he did a little bit was bring on the kids, although extremely erratically, and certainly not enough to justify his rant against McClaren that he 'stole his kids'.
I have huge time for what he achieved the first time around and 2nd time he kept us up while trimming the wage bill significantly. I believe McClaren would have achieved the same. goal but I accept the performances v Rotherham and Bolton were unacceptable.
I agree ( and have said many times) that he abandoned his remit after four games, but firmly believe we were at least partly responsible for that by our hysterical response to the opening four games of the season. Whoever comes in must be allowed to garner 50 points per season for at least 2 consecutive years and then take stock
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McClaren suffers long term pain after short term gain – Column
at 22:26:42

I think it is very telling that the loan players have come out strongly in support of McClaren, while the full-time squad including all the youngsters have been deafening in their silence
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McClaren suffers long term pain after short term gain – Column
at 14:17:13

It made no sense for a team stuck in a transfer embargo in Jan to loan out all the kids. It made no sense recalling Manning and not playing him. Is McClaren responsible for all these decisions?
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