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Typical Start to the Season

Fireworks, explosions, flags, WAGS, models, billionaire owners and their billionaire mates, wheeling out the legends before the game – we’re getting used to the spectacle that comes with Mr Briatore at Loftus Road by now.  Did it match what I saw on the pitch? Not really.

Good, steady start
After what was a quite tentative, slow paced opening, which Rangers totally dominated, ‘big Ben Burgess’ opened the scoring for the very poor Blackpool side on 37 mins.  Up to that point the R’s had bossed the game and looked the far superior side.  Nice passing, injections of pace but ultimately poor finishing was the main story of the opening period.  Blackpool didn’t offer anything going forward apart from their goal.  Typical Holloway side – all huff but no puff.

The need for a goalscorer
This is so obvious it’s unreal. It smacks me in the face every week.  Surely the board / management can see it too??  Vine missed a great chance, Helguson looks lazy and lethargic, Agyemang is not a finisher and Taraabt is awesome, but a typical number 10, rather than a number 9. Please, please, please address this problem. We look a great side up until someone needs to put the ball where it hurts – then we look weak. We wont get as many chances against better opposition in this league so we need a ruthless, deadly and clinical goalscorer.  I seriously cannot believe we haven’t addressed this after going on about it so much last term and all of the summer (or was that just me?).

Ramage
Slowly winning me over after the terrible start he made in a hooped shirt last term. Seems to care more than most and that goes a long way.  Both full backs (Ramage and Borrowdale) had solid /decent games in my opinion.  I think Ramage is solid but basic.  His goal was a pure fluke but so what, let him enjoy it!  It just goes to show how much of a state we’re in when our goal threat comes from a marouading right back who scores from a cross-come-shot. Oh dear.

Peter Ramage

Predictions for the campaign ahead
Without the 20+ man we need – 10th. With a goalscorer I truely beleive we’ll make the play-offs with an off-chance of making the top 3.  Our midfield and defence is more than good enough to mount a charge. We need to spend big on securing enough goals to get us in the Premiership  – over to you Mr Briatore / Mittal / Ecclestone.

You can view highlights from the 1-1 draw, courtesy of the BBC, by clicking here. Count how many chances Blackpool have.  Quick mention for Aldershot Town who started the season by winning 3-1 against Darlington – well done Wads!

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Man City Starting XI Lottery

Right, so Manchester City are signing everyone.

I’ve heard numerous conversations on the train, in the office and down the pub where people are trying to pick the City starting eleven.  When you look at their squad it’s almost impossible to pick the strongest team.

The Tevez Poster in Manchester

So here’s the challenge. From the list of players below pick the starting eleven that will feature against Blackburn Rovers on August 15th.  Strikers are ridiculous, what formation would you play? It’s bloody hard!  Let me know your eleven from the names below (I’ve removed the ‘kids’)…

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Rangers Need a Goalscorer

I know from the outside people will look at QPR and see Agyemang, Helguson, Vine and now Pellicori as our striking options but I still think we’re pretty shy in the goalscorer department.  All the above are good footballers but someone tell me who is going to get the 20+ goals required to propel us into the top 2 – or even the play offs?  I didn’t disagree with the sale of Blackstock to Forest. Dexter scored goals but I never felt he had the quality we need to go onto another level.  Yes, he tried hard and had a decent average but I still feel that he lacked the goalscoring nouse and quality needed to make a challenge in this league.

Pellocori

The signing of Pellicori is based on a successful pre-season and I’m fine with that. However, I can’t help but wonder whether he’ll be another Di Carmine – lets give him a chance.  Ever since last season ended I thought that finding a left back and a goalscorer should have been our main transfer priorities.  My opinion is that we still need to buy a proven goalscorer.  £3.5m on a midfielder is great, and shows our intention, but I would have preferred an investment in the likes of Cox, Beckford or even Phillips.  We need goals. All successful teams have a 20+ man and we don’t.  This is my main worry for the 2009/2010 season.

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Things You Never Thought You’d See #1

Michael Owen sign for United. Wow.

Owen to United WOW

And no, this is not a Photoshop job.

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Jim Magilton / Toying With Our Loyalty

We’re gonna do this, we’re gonna do that – but what do they do? They hire Jim Magilton.

Now, I’m the type of fan that will give Jim time to prove what he can do – but will the other Rangers fans do the same? I very much doubt it.  On the positive side, Jim Magilton plays football the right way and I always admired him as a player – so here’s hoping this translates onto the pitch at Loftus Road.  However, you can’t escape the fact Jim was sacked as the manager of divisional rivals Ipswich Town and their fans don’t seem too bothered to see the back of him (despite worshipping him as a player).  Has the appointment inspired me to renew my season ticket? No, not really.

Our Owners

Toying with our loyalty
The noise eminating from the Loftus Road boadroom certainly doesn’t match the decisions they are making.  We we’re all sucked into the hype at the end of last season when new owners Flavio Briatore, Bernie Ecclestone, Lakshmi Mittal and Amit Bhatia marched onto the pitch alongside QPR greats Sir Les Ferdinand, Paul Parker, Stan Bowles and Rodney Marsh.  Pyroclastics, cheerleaders and a huge unvieling of the new club crest joined them on the pitch – whipping the crowd into a frenzy – promising Champions League football in four years. Wow! (well, to be honest I thought it was all a bit of a let down personally – I mean, where was Zidane?).

Anyway, one season later where have we gone? How far have we come? Not far at all. One minute we’re being promised Premiership football, high profile players and managers and the next we get season tickets hiked, Iain Dowie, Samuel Di Carmine and Gary Borrowdale. What the fuck are they doing with our club? We’re not a toy – so stop toying with my years and years of loyalty. All I ask is that you listen to the fans, stop telling outrageous porkies and deliver on achieveable promises.  We’re not stupid. Loyalty does not equal stupidity.  Treat us honestly and fairly and we’ll repay you with a buzzing Loftus Road – uniting under the same cause – promotion.

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The World of Football…

Original Ronaldo puts defender on his arse without touching ball – class.

It must be in the blood. Daniele Maldini, son of Paolo, owns Clarence Seedorf with an inch perfect slide tackle (as Milan celebrated their Champions League triumph in 2007).

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So What Are People Saying About QPR?

In my job I have tools available to me that can track the levels of buzz/chatter on the web – especially looking at social media (blogs, social networks, forums and video/image sharing sites).  Using these tools, I was interested to see what the general feeling was about QPR amongst football fans. I decided to dig around, pull a few charts and see how the ‘buzz’ surrounding QPR has changed over the last month – looking at managers, owners and whether people associated ‘relegation’ or ‘promotion’ with my team.  The results are interesting…(I think)

This first chart shows the levels of buzz/chatter surrounding the various managers we’ve been linked to in recent weeks. It’s interesting (but unsuprising) to see that recent buzz has focused on Blackwell, Boothroyd and Magilton (who’s hanging about like a bad smell).  Buzz surrounding Jim Magilton has remained pretty consistent over the last couple of weeks – especially when it ’emerged’ that Magilton and Calderwood were favourites for the job around May 14th.

Potential Managers

Rather dissapointingly, the buzz surrounding Curbishley has tailed off (he would be my choice anyway) and Gigi Di Canio is non-existent in comparison.  The most interesting thing about the chart above is that Blackwell was associated with QPR way back in April/start of May  – not sure why – and then this buzz went quiet during the busy play-off period with Sheffield United.

The next chart shows the share of this buzz. It looks like Jim Magilton is a consistent force.  Interesting to see Boothroyd, Calderwood and Blackwell sharing an equal(ish) share – 20%.  Niether would be my choice – but they seem to be the focus of the chatter online.

Managers Pie

How are the owners of QPR fairing in this debate? They are the ones responsible for our managerial appointment.  They are the ones making the decisions.  It seems as though Falvio is domiting the buzz relating to Rangers in this time. Interesting to see that both Gianni Paladini and Amit Bhatia are not being mentioned – yet they are the guys ‘on the gound’ making the decisions and interviewing potential managers.

The Big Guns

Many Rangers fans would expect that our club is mainly associated with promotion, NOT relegation. However, it’s interesting to see that 40% of the social media discussion – in relation to ‘QPR’ – surrounds the word/term ‘relegation’. I’m quite suprised by that to be honest. Are you?

Promotion or Relegation

I would be interested to see whether any of this suprises you? So, please feel free to comment/interpret this information. Who is to blame for dragging our clubs name consistently in/out of the mire – constantly being associated with what I consider ‘tier 2’ managers? Who do you think should be appointed? Interesting times lie ahead, that’s for sure.

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