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QPR's annual Ewood Park defeat spoils Beale's big day - Report
at 13:56:27

That was very much Warbs' approach to this issue, but he became very frustrated with it, particularly after games like Norwich away where we got a nonsense penalty given against us in favour of a team that had been screaming the house down all night. Our reward for not doing that? Screwed over again.
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QPR's annual Ewood Park defeat spoils Beale's big day - Report
at 12:29:20

I don't disagree with that at all mate, but we suffer things like this because of it.

A Championship referee who we get quite often knows a mate of mine, he asked him about a specific opposition goalkeeper in one of our games that he'd refereed who had really, really taken the pis with the time wasting in the second half and nothing had been done. His response was 'to be honest it was annoying me as well, but QPR didn't say anything about it so I left it'.

As I say in the report, I'm not talking about Matt Mills pursuing the referee around screaming at him about everything, but we don't ask for anything, we don't complain about anything. On Saturday the referee went for his back pocket, then realised who it was, and had second thoughts. That's not fair on us at all. And we just accept it. Opponents, and referees, take the pis out of us for it.
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QPR's annual Ewood Park defeat spoils Beale's big day - Report
at 09:58:16

Come on now, we lost 1-0 to a crap side without having a shot on target, nobody gets more than a 6 in those circumstances. Standards.
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Season Preview 22/23 – Strugglers
at 09:51:18

For avoidance of doubt...

1 - Boro
2 - Norwich
3 - Sheff U
4 - Watford
5 - Luton
6 - West Brom (I actually don't believe this, I chickened out when I saw how high lots of others had them)
7 - Burnley
8 - Millwall
9 - Coventry
10 - Swansea (again, I'm not sure I believe this myself)
11 - Stoke
12 - Hull (no clue really)
13 - Bristol City
14 - QPR
15 - Preston
16 - Sunderland
17 - Blackbyrn
18 - Hudds
19 - Cardiff
20 - Blackpool
21 - Wigan
22 - Reading
23 - Rotherham
24 - Birmingham
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Blinking into the sunlight - Column
at 18:29:00

Stef looked better than he had done second half of last season, though could scarcely have got worse. Definitely deeper, simpler job. One lovely through ball most of the length of the pitch to get Thomas through.

Dozzell, at least attempting forceful forward runs which I always felt was his biggest issue last season - pass and admire. Masterson looked uncomfortable.
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Clarke-Salter becomes first arrival of the Beale era - Signing
at 05:56:52

I don’t think he can mate. Paal or Cox will arrive shortly to do that.
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End of Term Report 21/22 – Attack
at 17:38:42

Thanks for the kind words Roy. I tend to do the assessment of the manager when they leave (that used to be once a season anyway :-D) so here's the Warbs bit...

https://www.fansnetwork.co.uk/football/queensparkrangers/news/57765/not-in-a-dis
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End of Term Report 21/22 – Defence
at 11:05:15

Urgh it's always the one I tag on at the end in a rush that catches me out.
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Runners and riders – Column
at 08:13:56

Wegerle - you sure know how to improve a guy's Monday morning.
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Coming full squared circle - Report
at 15:19:17

Well, we'll see.
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However, the radio still works, and it's clear as a bell - Preview
at 14:33:32

I'm very torn. Clearly, from what Dave has heard and reported, from what we've heard and reported, and the way the season has collapsed, the position is pretty untenable. Relationships fractured. So, it's very difficult to carry on in this circumstances. We're not just going to come back in July and be able to start again with the same people as if all is right in the world. So they've probably reached the only conclusion they could.

However... As I've said above, the job is not attractive, the budget is small, the challenge of building a competitive team next year will be very difficult, because even though we don't have a choice but to go with some of the kids I'm not convinced they're good enough, and the fan expectation will be 'go again' for another promotion push - could get very toxic very quickly. All that in mind, are you going to be able to attract a better manager than Warbs? I don't think so.

So, very torn. It's ok to say 'I don't know' once in a while right?
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Standing on the platform, watching you go – Report
at 12:39:04

NewYork - that’s exactly what we said, they’d have been booed off by 200 ppl and his position would have been untenable. At least this way he got the send off he deserved. Everything about why he should stay and why he has to go weee here because you could just see this run bleeding into next season.
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So, this is goodbye – Preview
at 16:29:02

Great posts Tactical, PastCaring. Thanks.
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Mad stats, mental fragility & medical issues add up to midtable for Stoke - Interview
at 22:40:34

You would though, you're right. :-D
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It's that time again - Report
at 18:36:14

I shall add it in, though it's outside of the timeframe.
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Out of the darkness cometh light - Report
at 23:11:28

Last January we’d won 4 games in the whole first half of the season. We were going to get relegated. We needed to do something urgently. You’re saying “not a word, not a dickey” and it’s categorically not true. Go back and read, or listen to the podcast week before Watford away when Adomah scored, I said “if you’ve got to loan Charlie Austin and Stefan Johansen in the last week of January that’s not a club for whom the plan has worked”.
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Out of the darkness cometh light - Report
at 22:22:29

It is not an "obsession" with owning players at all. It is a simple matter of fact and maths.

So much of what's going on at QPR at the moment can be summed up with one word - accounts. Look at the accounts. Look at the accounts. This is why people who think Bielsa is coming here, Farke is desperate for this job, loads of better managers than Warbs absolutely falling over themselves to come here, are wrong. It's why it's so difficult for us to get up this league. It's why we've been pushing pis up hill for the last eight years. We had money, we had an opportunity, we overspent, we wasted it, now we're fcked.

The accounts show it clearly. We lose money to the point of breaching FFP every week, every month, every season. The current owners, who "lack ambition" and "need to back the manager", fund the club to the tune of £1.8m a month. If we continue to lose that amount every month over three seasons we breach FFP again. We're already paying a fine for the previous breach. A further breach would be a transfer embargo, an enforced business plan, a points deduction, what assets we have now would have to be forcibly offloaded in a fire sale. The only reason that hasn't happened is we sold Smithies, Freeman, Luongo, and most of all Eze.

So the "obsession" with owning players is simply this. We have to sell players. Players plural. Dunne, Willock, Chair, Dieng, Dickie... this club, at this stadium, with the rules of this league, losing this amount of money, has to sell players regularly for good money, north of £8m. You can't sell a player you've got on loan.

Loan players can help short term problems. If we can't afford strikers (which we can't) then you can loan somebody like Hugill or Wells who you could never possibly afford. McCallum, decent idea, with Wallace aging, and Nico obviously not good enough. But the general point remains - every position in the team, every minute of action, given to a loan player is dead time and dead money. You're committing money we don't have to a wage and a loan fee on a player we cannot hope to own, and all the while he's taking a place up from a player we do own and therefore could feasibly sell.

Hendrick has been crap. Absolute crap. Even if he he'd been brilliant, he's a player we don't own, who has absolutely zero value to us in the market. He's taking up a place ahead of players we do own, and therefore might be able to sell if they perform. Hendrick might perform, he might not (so far not), but either way he's going home at the end of the season and we're making zero money off that.

We have to, have to, have players we are developing, that we can sell, for money, to reinvest. Like we did with Freeman whose sale allowed us to do bits in Warburton's first summer, and Eze whose sale allowed us to put this team together. Players you own kicking their heels while players you've got on loan play is only a good idea if the loan players get you promoted to the Prem, at which point the game changes completely. But Jeff Hendrick aint getting you promoted, as he's so very clearly and obviously shown.

It's not an obsession. It's the accounts. It's just simple maths.
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Sad, sad situation - Preview
at 17:31:39

Ah, that's the issue with writing the preview in chunks across the week :-D
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Better but still beaten, QPR continue to unravel - Report
at 22:31:50

Walsh must be gutted. Big chance missed for him last few weeks.
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Show and tell - Preview
at 06:58:36

Well I agree with you on the centre backs not going forwards and being brave any more. The disallowed Dykes goal in this game came off Dickie surging forward and crossing, which he just doesn't do any more. Dykes should have scored last minute at Blackpool from the same source.

But I disagree about the keepers. How many times have you seen Westwood or Marshall play that low trajectory ball out to the wing backs wide on halfway? Cuts out the back three entirely, gets us out and on the attack. Dieng is perfect at it, these two can't play it at all. Contributes to us getting trapped, contributes to the wing backs not being as high up the pitch. Not their fault, they just can't do it, and never could. Nor the managers' fault, he's had to source emergency keepers in a unique situation.
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