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Monday, July 17, 2006

Five Years Ago...Relegated;...in Administration...16 Players released...Team Rebuilding Began

Five Years Ago, this month...

The just-relegated to the (old) Third Division club was in Administration and listening to various offers (a process that ultimately lasted a year, and ended up with the notorious ABC Loan). The Wimbledon Deal was dead. And team rebuilding was starting: Kenny Jackett came in as Assistant Manager.
QPR Released 16 Players

Ian Baraclough
Bertie Brayley
Paul Bruce
Alvin Bubb
Lee Harper
Aley Higgins
Chris Kiwomya
Danny Maddix
Terry McFlynn
Ludek Miklosko
Steve Morrow
Michel Ngonge
Karl Ready
Matthew Rose
Keith Rowland
Tony Scully

And Peter Crouch was sold to Portsmouth and Jerome Darlington to Wimbledon.

Incoming: Chris Day, Steve Palmer, Dave McEwen, Terrel Forbes, Mohammed Barr.

BBC- Troubled QPR have released 16 out-of-contract players in order to cut the wage bill following the club's relegation to Division Two.
Chris Kiwomya, Danny Maddix, Ludek Miklosko and Steve Morrow lead the names of those who are not being offered new terms by the Loftus Road club.
And Michel Ngonge, Lee Harper, Ian Baraclough, Karl Ready, Matthew Rose, Keith Rowland, Bertie Brayley, Paul Bruce, Alvin Bubb, Alex Higgins, Terry McFlynn and Tony Scully have also been released.
Rangers are in administration with debts of around £11m, and chief executive David Davies explained that a reduced playing staff was necessary following relegation.
We can't afford to carry on with the number of players we had
Chief executive David Davies "We've had to make a lot of hard choices and the simple fact is we had to cut the wage bill substantially," said Davies.
"It's disappointing for staff and fans alike to see some of our favourite players leave, but it's about time we started dealing with reality.
"We're in Division Two, we can't afford to carry on with the number of players we had.
"However, should the club find new owners in the summer, a number of players have been told the club would like to renegotiate with them at the earliest possible stage."
Midfielder George Kulscar recently had his contract with the club terminated by mutual consent.

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