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Sunday, May 29, 2011

QPR and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week


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This was not a particularly good week for QPR Fans. In fact, to paraphrase Judith Viorst great book, it was a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week."

For quite a few QPR fans, the euphoria from winning promotion is already starting to deflate - before the Third Championship Promotion spot is even resolved and the month of May is still with us.

Even before this week, QPR fans had started to return to earth. First came the announcement that there would be no victory parade, for reasons which remain rather unclear - especially given the victory parades up and down the country by other clubs - just winning promotion, forget winning the Championship.

Added to this, there have been a slew of reports in various newspapers that Neil Warnock's job was endangered, with various other managers linked. The club has denied it. First Mittal and Bhatia expressed their full confidence in Warnock. Later Briatore and Ecclestone did likewise. Of course QPR have earned a certain reputation with their managerial changes over the last few years. And there's always the sneaking suspicion on the part of at least one fan that someone was pushing these stories.

To add insult to injury, Neil Warnock despite winning the Championship was deprived of the (fully-deserved) honour of being Awarded the Manager of the Year Award. Something he himself was very disappointed about.

Rumours of ticket price increases became confirmed this week, with large, large season ticket price increases - and even larger individual ticket price increases. To add insult injury was the way the club announced it and spun it.

And then two other big items also came out at the same time. The FA report on QPR and QPR FC Chairman Gianni Paladini was released along with a club statement in response

Meanwhile after several days of promising to make a bid, the proposed Mittal takeover of QPR was apparently quashed by Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore. Vice Chairman Amit Bhatia resigned and QPR Chairman Irshan Saksena was axed. Club Statement. Amit Bhatia issued a statement. And that was followed by a joint statement by Briatore and Ecclestone.

Meanwhile at this time of club "Crisis" the Club Phones were strangely experiencing difficulty.

Looking to next season, (Schedule released, June 17), a couple more pre-season games were announced, including Plymouth (Away). There are rumours about the new Shirt, but nothing has yet been released.

Finally as the club continues to be linked to numerous players, one player, Mikele Leigertwood has officially left, joining Reading on a permanent deal.

Onwards and Upwards!

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