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|Changing tack? – Preview|
With regard to whether we have money or not, I'd suggest that we have a little more latitude this season. We have the same parachute payment as last season, but do not have the wages of Caulker, Ned, Robinson and Smithies to name but four. I did expect us to use this season to get ahead of FFP as next season will potentially be the toughest yet, but in Hoos we trust.
I don't envisage us being able to loan players of the caliber of Hemed and Wells next season which is why it is imperative that we bring on our own; if loaning some of them out is the best way to do this while maintaining our position in this league, then so be it.
|Coming home to roost – Column|
Excellent analysis of the situation Clive, thanks.
"Does this fine, if successfully levied, mean that QPR will now breach the current FFP rules they’ve worked so hard to comply with?"
I'm absolutely certain that any FFP fines are excluded from future computations. I can't immediately recall where I read that but I'm sure it was a reputable source; I'll dig around and try to find it again.
|Close but no cigar for QPR despite leading twice at Boro - Report|
"That dramatic change in striker styles caught Boro cold and bore immediate dividends for the visitors when Mackie scored the most Jamie Mackie goal you’ll ever see within five minutes of the restart."
Ha ha, spot on; it would only have been more Mackie if he'd shinned it wide.
To almost hold such a strong team with a make shift defence speaks volumes for our determination and team spirit, whatever limitation people see in Ollie, he is rubbing off on the team.
|Ollie on transfers, cup exits, Gary Penrice and Bruce Forsyth - Interview|
Excellent interview Clive. Good questions rather than the usual bland nonsense we see elsewhere, but then I'd expect nothing else from you.
I'm particularly interested by the Morrison answers as I really struggled to see how Morrison fitted in with Ollie's template for a QPR player. I can accept that his answer of believing that he could change him was at the heart of it and that he'd pack in football if he lost confidence in his ability to do so, but were you convinced he gave you the whole picture?
|Washington brace sends QPR flying out the traps – Report|
We looked at the team sheet down the pub before the match in, let's call it, amazement, but Ollie got it spot on. It was great to see Scowen, Freeman and Luongo build on their performances against Bournemouth and Ollie have the courage to leave out the target man.
I'm sure we all know that performances will be up and down this season, but that was a massively encouraging display and hopefully a glimpse into what the future has in store for us.
|Gordon Jago: A Soccer Pioneer – Column|
Gregory liked to interfere, and to be fair to him, it was his club.
Their relationship took a down turn in April 1974. Jago had been approached by Sir Alf Ramsey to coach the England U-23 on a summer tour. Gregory blocked it and insisting that Jago went on a jolly with the Ranger’s team to Jamaica which was a reward for their excellent season. After Jago turned England down, Gregory told him that he should stay back in England in case the opportunity arose to sign new players, only to go away himself taking his cheque book with him. He quit, but was persuaded to stay on. From that point on, Jago felt that every decision he made was being questioned and before long he couldn’t take the interference any longer and walked.
|Brentford pile on the misery as QPR lose six straight – Report|
I've got Bidwell down as culpable for their penalty. Lynch made a solid block/tackle and was off balance as the ball rolled towards Bidwell, who promptly did his finest Cinderella impression and ran off leaving Lynch stranded. That said, Lynch has been a massive disappointment to me this season. When he came on pre-season against Watford he looked like a rock and won everything, but I don't think they attacked him on the ground. I hope not to see either of them play for us again, but the chances are they will both start on Saturday.
|Ngbakoto sparks QPR comeback - Report|
Yesterday was the most fantastic day. I really enjoyed the pre-match drinks, the club excelled with the match programme, having an article regarded by Dave as good enough to be re-printed in the free issue of AKUTR's was incredibly flattering, my mate Beth proudly wearing her 1967 rosette succinctly symbolised what the day was all about, the return to Loftus Road of Neil Warnock, the richly deserved acclamation of the class of 66/67, the comeback victory, even the journey home ws enjoyable; seriously, who could ask for more? Occasionally, just occasionally it is all worthwhile.
|Mark Lazarus 50 years on – Interview|
Nice interview Clive, thank you.
It must be very hard for players of his era to watch the modern game. The money, the lack of contact, the ball, the quality of the pitches, the histrionics, it is hardly the same sport at all.
|My winter with Ollie - Column|
Excellent Lewis, many thanks. Living the dream.
There was surely never any doubt the Ollie was a pork pie man though, was there?
|More comebacks than… History|
Gramps (RIP), author of "QPR The Old Days", was friends with Lazarus and did a Q&A with him a few years ago. This is Lazarus' recollection of the infamous short story:
There are a few games that stand out in your memory bank and there was lot that was spoken about and written about that incident. It was against Carlisle in the fifth round of the League Cup and I split my shorts. My shirt was covering my embarrassment and I had to take my torn shorts off by the dugout. I threw my shorts to Alec Farmer (trainer) and he threw me a new pair. Before I could put them on the ball came my way. It was instinct. I was on the field of play and was not about to let the ball go to put on a pair of shorts so I just ran down the line with no pants on. I had a good game that day and laid on both goals for Rodney. I was tearing Carlisle apart at the time and, as was the case in those days I got a cheer every time I got hold of the ball but on this occasion there was a cheer and roars of laughter. That’s the be all and end all of it.
The whole article is here for anyone interested:
|A fork in the road – Preview|
I remember that Spurs game very well. I was listening on the radio as I was driving out to Maastricht. The commentators laughed at Sherringham's shabby attempt to con the ref and were then stunned when it was given. I doubt any of us realised quite how significant that season was going to be at that time.
|The last thing Hasselbaink needs now – Preview|
While I totally understand your reasons for saying it, I think this match is exactly what Hasselbaink needs. It is a great chance to prepare properly, set the team up correctly, decide on an appropriate game plan, send the players out fully motivated, prove that he can adjust tactics on the fly and make game changing substitutions in a match where few expect us to win.
It is a great opportunity, I just wish that I could see him being able to take it.
|QPR's cup wagon rolls on - Report|
By some bizarre coincidence, that song popped into my mind on Monday - I even Googled the lyrics!
I wouldn't get too excited by the next round. Sunderland may not be the most daunting opposition, but we will be facing 7 matches in 22 days - the poor little loves will never cope.
|If you can keep your head… - Signing|
I share your concerns for Robinson. His debut was one of the highlights of last season, I was really looking forwards to watching him this season.
As for Onuoha, it is time for him to move on. I think he would benefit from a new challenge without the burden of captaincy and in a team that doesn't constantly push him out of his best position.
All three signings look solid.
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