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Thursday, September 06, 2007

What Briatore Expects From - and Offers To - QPR

Potential new QPR owner Flavio Briatore has pledged to make January transfer funds available to boss John Gregory but has pleaded for fans to be patient as he bids to turn the club's fortunes around.
Renault Formula One team boss Briatore, in conjunction with motorsport magnate Bernie Ecclestone, has had a takeover bid in the region of £14million recommended by the current chairman Gianni Paladini and the QPR board.
Earlier in the week Briatore revealed his four-year promotion plan, but despite promising full financial backing he knows there is a long way to go before he can realise his Premier League ambition.
"They (QPR) are a club with a fantastic history but as well they have had fantastic trouble in the last three years," he told the club's official website.
"We want to make sure the fans understand that something is not just going to happen overnight because the situation we found was not fantastic and the club was already in deep trouble, but we have saved it.
"It's not only players that we need to address but also organisation and everything that has built up at QPR.
"We arrived at the last second and it was impossible to buy players because everything closed on the Friday.
"But now we will save up until January but in the meantime we need to motivate everyone at the club from the coach to Gianni (Paladini) to everybody because we know that finance is needed to support the team. That is our duty and we expect everyone else to fulfil theirs." Sporting Life

Briatore's comments can be heard on the QPR Official Site (for subscribers to World)

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