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Monday, February 19, 2007

QPR Deny Managerial Change Reports: "[A]bsolutely no intention of replacing John Gregory"

After making the statement on the Official Site, Gianni Paladini also spoke on SKy

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Queens Park Rangers supremo Gianni Paladini has moved to quash speculation that John Gregory is to be replaced as manager.

The R's recent form has been poor with just three wins in 16 games - which has seen them sink down the Championship table and they currently sit a point off the relegation zone and just three off the bottom of the table.

Speculation has been rife that Gregory would be sacked, and former Milton Keynes Dons boss Joe Kinnear was tipped to take charge.

But Paladini has been quick to deny that there are any moves to replace Gregory.

"I believe Mr Kinnear, who I have never met in my life, has got a heart condition so the last thing I suggest to him is get involved with a club like QPR - he will be dead before he even starts," quipped Paladini on Sky Sports News.

"We will not forget that when John Gregory came to the club we were bottom, the results have not been what we want but still we are better off then before he came in.

"I have known John for a long time and I don't need to tell John anything, like I have done with the other managers I would tell him to his face - but we believe John can turn things around and can have a long future as manager and I think he can turn it around this season.

"If you look at the table, Hull, Barnsley, Southend and Leeds - they should be more concerned than us - and we will turn this around, we have a good squad which for me is the best we have had for a long time." SKYSPORTS

In light of recent speculation in the national Press, Chairman Gianni Paladini has issued the following statement regarding the managerial position at QPR:
"We have absolutely no intention of replacing John Gregory as manager of this football club. He and the players have our 100% backing as we head into a crucial period of fixtures between now and the end of the season.
"I know this will be looked upon as the dreaded vote of confidence from a Chairman to his Manager, but I feel it is necessary to inform the fans who will have been reading inaccurate reports suggesting I am looking to replace John.
"We haven't spoken to anyone about the managerial position at QPR, contrary to Press speculation. Stories such as these are not helpful for the Club but I know the fans will continue to give great support to the team, as they have done all season.
Our focus is fully on the job in hand, which is to stay in The Championship and then build for what we hope will be a more successful campaign next season, with John Gregory at the helm." QPR

Paladini's denials are reported by the BBC and Sporting Life

BBC "QPR give backing to boss Gregory" - QPR give backing to boss Gregory


Daily Mail - QPR Back Manager - QPR Back Manager

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