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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ex-QPR Snippets: Joe Gallen Promoted...Leighton James Dropped by BBC Wales...Almost QPR Manager, Guidolin Axed....Scott Sinclair Birthday

Joe Gallen has reportedly been promoted (again) to be Millwall's Assistant Manager.

South London Press/Toby Porter - Mighty Joe Gallen
MILLWALL’S new assistant boss is Joe Gallen.
The former QPR youth coach has stepped into the job just five months after joining the Lions in the same role.
Millwall manager Kenny Jackett, who worked with Gallen at Loftus Road, has also revealed veteran defender Richard Shaw is to fill Gallen’s previous job of reserve-team boss. Further details in today's South London Press. South London Press

Guardian/Matt Scott - BBC Wales drops Swansea-leaning James
The BBC's last broadcast of an FA Cup semi-final before handing over the rights to Setanta and ITV has been overshadowed by a BBC Wales pundit's outspoken comments putting down Cardiff City.

The Welsh side take on their Championship rivals Barnsley in the second semi-final in 12 days' time but the build-up to what is Cardiff's biggest game in the competition since they won it in 1927 is being dominated by a parochial dispute that has become an embarrassment to the BBC. Leighton James, who won 54 caps for Wales, has been axed "for the foreseeable future" from his regular slot with the BBC's Wales on Saturday programme after writing in his column with the South Wales Evening Post: "To see Cardiff in the final would be hard to take for Swansea fans. So, to be brutally honest, I think I'm behind Barnsley on this one."

The 55-year-old James spent three years with Swansea in the 80s and was referring to the attraction of supporting Simon Davey, Barnsley's Swansea-born manager who also spent three years at the Vetch Field. James is a colourful character who is currently serving a drink-driving ban and he later repeated the opinion on the commercial Real Radio station. The controversial comments were deemed to have undermined his credibility when commenting on Cardiff, leading to him being dropped yesterday.

"By mutual agreement, Leighton James will not be participating in any BBC Wales programmes for the foreseeable future," said a BBC spokeswoman. James could not be contacted yesterday. Guardian

Almost QPR manager, Guidolin has been sacked by Palermo after just a few months (for the fourth time!) - Palermo Sacking
- Guidolin Accepts Sacking Graciously

Short-term QPR loan, Chelsea's Scott Sinclair, turns 19
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