Tag: Queens Park Rangers

Queens Park Rangers And A Four Year Plan In Ninety Minutes

Mat Hodgson could probably fit a quart in a pint pot as a party trick, which is just as well. The director of “The Four-Year Plan” had enough material from the reign of motor-racing tycoon Flavio Briatore, and others, at west London club Queens Park Rangers for either (a) “an entire conference” (Fawlty Towers, 1979) or (b) six one hour episodes of a documentary series. “At least it wasn’t called the “five-year plan”, a friend noted, unaware of the Nazi connotations of the actual title. But only a warped sense of perspective would lead you to draw any parallels between 1930s Germany and 2007 Shepherd’s Bush; a sense of perspective such as Briatore’s, in fact. Hodgson must have known straightaway that Briatore would be the film’s star. Whether he every conceivable emotional Italian stereotype from QPR’s directors’ box, or was a disembodied, unheard presence on the end of a mobile phone, Briatore dominated the first hour of the film. And it was surely no co-incidence that his presence, on or off camera, was in inverse proportion to QPR’s on-field success, though this may have been down to clever editing. Early shots of the directors’ box focused on both the front row and Briatore’s seat in row two. Later shots, from a not-noticeably different camera position, focused entirely on the front row. So when later shots of directors’ box celebrations...

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Queens Park Rangers Shuffle Their Pack

As things turned out, Heidar Helguson’s late equalizer in Milton Keynes on Saturday afternoon wasn’t quite enough to keep Neil Warnock in his job. Rangers – without a win of any description in the FA Cup for a decade – may well remain in the competition for now, but Warnock won’t be at Loftus Road for the replay. The man that took the club into the Premier League departed yesterday, barely halfway through their first season back in the top flight in a decade and a half. With the club having slipped to seventeenth place in the league table after an encouraging start, his departure isn’t the biggest surprise possible, but there is still something faintly peculiar about a manager getting replaced having not had a full season in a higher division after having taken them to promotion. There is, however, no room for sentimentality in modern football. It is, perhaps, the money that the club’s new owner Tony Fernandes threw at it after having taken control of it in August that proved to be the defining catalyst for Warnock’s departure from the club. Under its previous, combustible ownership, Queens Park Rangers looked set to be spending this season fighting battles both on and off the pitch, but the departure of Bernie Eccleston, Flavio Briatore et al as the new season began gave new life to a club which had...

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The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: Queens Park Rangers

It’s possible that there has never been an atmosphere quite as odd at what was purported to be a promotion party as that at Loftus Road before Queens Park Rangers’ final match in last year’s Championship against Leeds United last season. Rangers were already, theoretically at least, comfortably promoted according to that morning’s league table, but it wasn’t until news came through about an hour before kick-off that the club was not to be deducted points on account of the Alejandro Faurlin affair that the party could really get started. The supporters of the club had been a decade and a half without Premier League football and their team had been, by common assent, the best in the division all season. At times, the team had played some thrilling football and their promotion had taken the feeling of being little more than a coronation from before last Christmas. In short, they deserved it. Over the course of the summer, though, cracks which have been evident since Ecclestone and Briatore first took control of the club have rapidly become more and more apparent from the outside, and this summer has seen the contempt of many of the clubs supporters descend into a state of something approaching a complete breakdown, with many holding the owners of the club for a level of its mismanagement that even the prospect of a first...

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Prices Go Through The Roof At Loftus Road, And The Supporters Follow

On the last day of the season and front of a capacity crowd at Loftus Road, Queens Park Rangers played their last Championship match of the season against Leeds United. The match was covered by the cameras of the BBC, who had already, for the last episiode of “The Football League Show” of the season, been hanging around the main entrance to the ground on South Africa Road (one of the more confusing aspects of the club’s idiosyncratic ground) as the FA’s decision that the club were not to be deducted any points over the Faurlin affair was announced, a decision made just in time to leave those that had assembled there in paryoxyms of delight at the club’s return to the Premier League after an absence of fifteen years. Some of them may this evening be wondering what they got so worked up about, after the announcement made earlier today of the club’s tickets prices for its first season back at what is, for better or for worse, football’s top table. Individual tickets for Loftus Road will cost  beween £47 and £72, whilst season ticket prices have been raised by a jaw-dropping 40%, even though the club will play four less home matches next season than it did this time around. There have been understandable howls of outrage from supporters of the club over an announcement, which threatens...

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Procrastinating Over The QPR Affair Has Done The FA No Favours

By the end of this week, we will know what – if any – sanction has been levelled against Queens Park Rangers with regard to the Alejandro Faurlin affair. The club itself (and by this we mean the senior management and/or the owners of the club) will get whatever it deserves, should it be found to be guilty. This, however, is not  the place to discuss what sanctions may or may not be levelled against the club just yet. It’s a subject that we can return to at a more appropriate time. It is also worth remembering that, although many different people have made claims stating that they can look into a crystal ball and predict exactly what will happen at the end of this week, no-one knows at present and those that run our game can be somewhat flighty in their decisions. Queens Park Rangers could be deducted fifteen points. They could merely receive a fine. All stops between these two extremities are possible, if not likely. Certain sections of media have already pronounced the club guilty of the charges brought by the FA and, while it is fair to say that there is a certain degree of presumption going on here, not many people or organisations that are charged by the FA are completely exonerated of said charges. These particular rules, however, have not been tested before...

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