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Saturday, September 22, 2007

QPR Snippets from Venables, Shittu, Mancienne, Shimmin, Kanuyka and Holloway

The Sun - Terry Venables on Managers & Chairmen:
"...But the dynamic between manager and owner is so important.
I was very lucky at QPR to have a fantastic chairman called Jim Gregory. When things were going well he stayed in the background taking satisfaction from the fact that his project was going well.
Then, in the tricky times, he was right there beside me supporting me. It is why we stayed friends until the day he died. The Sun

DANNY SHITTU is ready to push boss John Gregory a step closer to the sack.
Under-fire QPR manager Gregory could be out if he fails to deliver a win against Watford today.
Rangers have collected just two points and Gregory has failed to impress new owners Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore.
But Watford’s Shittu — who enjoyed four great years at Loftus Road — is not worried if his side put an end to Gregory’s 12-month spell in charge.
The defender declared: “I am not in this business to do anyone any favours.
“Rangers are having a tough time and the manager is in a difficult situation — but I am still a professional.
“If I score I will still be saluting the Rangers fans afterwards. I had some great times at QPR.” The Sun

Mirror - Q& A we put the questions to Michael Mancienne
"...Q Last time you lost your temper on the field?
It was against Russia when I was playing for England's Under-19s
Q Last time you had a really good laugh?
It was at the QPR Player of the Year awards do - it was a really funny night...
Q Last promising young player you saw?
Scott Sinclair (Chelsea). He has got pace & determination, so he will do really well...
Q Your targets for the rest of the season?
To play regular first-team football in the Premier League Mirror

R's physio Paul Hunter has praised the attitude of defender Pat Kanyuka, who is currently sidelined with a thigh injury.
The 20 year-old tore his main thigh muscle off the bone during a pre-season training session and has since undergone an operation.
Hunter said: "Pat has done really well since his operation at the start of June.
"He has now started running and is already at a decent level. It's a big injury in any sport, especially in football, but his work-rate has been second to none and I cannot speak more highly of his attitude."
Hunter added: "He went to Lilleshall (a PFA sponsored rehab specialist unit) for a week, where they work you hard every day from 9am-5pm and I received a call from them saying how well he was doing.
"It was good for him to go there to get a change of environment, as much as anything else. When you are sidelined for a lengthy period of time, it can get very monotonous if you're going to the same gym, day after day."
Kanyuka is determined to bounce back from his latest injury and Hunter is backing him to do so, commenting: "Pat is really determined to get back to full fitness and push hard for a place in the first team.
"In two weeks' time he will have a review to check the strength in his thigh. That will give us a good indication of how long it will be before he returns. At this stage, it is too early to give a date, but if he carries on putting in the effort that he has so far, he'll be back in no time." QPR

Swindon Advertiser re Dominic Shimmin Trial at Swindon
"...QPR triallist Dominic Shimmin is another defender [Paul] Sturrock will have to make a decision on as he looks to maintain their solid look.
He said: "I have to make a deliberation over the next day on what I see in training. Once I see that I will make a decision on whether we need someone in with some experience.
"If I felt it is the other way, we will go with what we have got.
"I have got to make a decision on Dominic. I have to discuss it with John (Blackley). I thought he was very competent. Very much like Jerel in style and looks but we have to decide do we need more of a cover type of centre back with leadership qualities?

"He has a good future but two Jerels in one team could conflict each other." This is Swindon

Ian HOLLOWAY on his life- The Mirror
"...Holloway fears his managerial ambitions have been handicapped by his Bristolian accent, but it has not trimmed his determination to establish Plymouth. He is convinced his best chance of becoming a Premiership boss will be to lead Argyle there himself, and he says: "I'm still alive and kicking as a manager after 11 years, and this is a job that goes in cycles and fads like any other. Appointing a foreign manager is flavour of the month and, for many of us, there's no ladder to climb.
"The only way for an English club manager to test himself in the Premiership is by winning promotion there himself because, for whatever reason, we're not being head-hunted....
"I didn't play in the Premiership until I was 29, when I used to pick up a piano, carry it on stage and let Ray Wilkins play it at QPR.
"I know I'm a better manager now than when I started, but I'm nowhere near as good as I'm going to be by the time I'm finished. We all need a challenge, and I feel I'm on an exciting journey with Plymouth." The Mirror

Ian Holloway has called for the pitch at Home Park to be dug up and replaced with a new one.....
Holloway said: "Our pitch is shot away. It needs to be firmer. When you get any rain on it it's absolutely hopeless.
"It won't last much longer. We need to rip off 12 inches of soil, get it out, compact it all down with the right drainage and put a brand new surface down."
Argyle spent £40,000 in the close season on a rain protection cover for the pitch but Holloway clearly believes that is not a long-term solution to the problem....
The Pilgrims played some flowing football when they beat Queens Park Rangers 2-0 on a superb playing surface at Loftus Road on Tuesday...Plymouth Herald

Watford's Marlon King Coumnn, The FA
"...We are playing QPR tomorrow - that's another hard game. Because they are near the bottom of the league, people think we will walk over them. It won't be like that and we will have to be professional. They need the points just as much as we do. It's a sell-out but we will be well supported as ever.
I've not been up to much this week - just travelling mainly. After the Southampton game on Sunday, we travelled to Cardiff on Tuesday and came back on Thursday. We trained today then play QPR tomorrow. FA

The Times - Aidy Boothroyd warns against Watford complacency
Aidy Boothroyd, the Watford manager, has warned against complacency as he prepares to take his table-topping side to struggling Queens Park Rangers.
Watford moved three points clear at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship with a 2-1 win at Cardiff City in midweek, their fifth victory in six league games so far this season.
QPR are second from bottom with only pointless Sheffield Wednesday beneath them and have yet to score a goal or earn a point at Loftus Road where they also crashed out of the Carling Cup to Leyton Orient.
In contrast, Watford have won two games on their travels although their sole defeat of the season happened away from Vicarage Road at Leicester.
A Watford win would appear to be clearly favoured but Boothroyd insists the Hertfordshire team face a difficult fixture. "These games are always the tough ones, the toughest ones really," he said. "I think that as a group of players we've got some very good footballers here now, a very good squad, we're strong.
"But when you're strong it's about finding the 'inner winner' to consistently perform at a high level no matter who he is playing against, to make sure he wins because that's what it is all about.
"If we can consistently win and the players can rise to each occasion to win then that's the mark of a successful team. QPR on Saturday will be a very, very difficult game, they'll be fighting and because it's a local derby anything can happen..." The Times

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