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Hartless Appointment

My club is VERY quickly turning into a laughing-stock.  Yet another scandal means that we are the joke of English football. No longer are Manchester City and Newcastle United the brunt of all jokes – we are.

I started writing this post when Paul Hart was appointed and by now he’s moved on! I don’t blame the club for this one actually. You could see after 2 games that he wanted ‘effective football’ and the fans didn’t like what they saw – I’ve never seen the R’s booed off the pitch after a victory before but a combination of bizarre substitutions and tactical suicide meat Paul Hart was fighting an uphill battle.


Magilton had us playing some fantasic football but lost the dressing room. Once it’s gone, you can’t get it back.  So, who next? Would any respectable manager take the ‘challenge’? I would personally like to see a proven manager, with a reputation for passing football. Alan Curbishly fits that bill but I can’t see him working with our owners – afterall, that’s what saw him leave West Ham. My money would be on a return for Gigi Di Canio in the summer.

The drama continues…

RR

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Magilton’s Vision – Slowly But Surely

As mentioned in previous posts, I have never doubted Magilton’s ability to get us playing football the right way. My main concern was with personnel, especially in the goalscoring department.  The introduction of Jay Simpson from Arsenal has added an extra dimension, that’s for sure.  Rather surprisingly, Simpson is a real battler – working hard, chasing down lost causes and competing for headers when he is clearly four feet nothing.  He looks sharp, holds the ball up well and his link up play is excellent. His finishing needs more refining but he’s more than good enough for the Championship.

watson

Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a vast imporvement in the way we play.  The squad is settling nicely and Magilton is finding out his strongest eleven – using a 4-4-2 system (gone are the days of 4-5-1 under Paulo Sousa).  The introduction of Ben Watson (on loan from Wigan) has balanced the side brilliantly. He’s a talented player who can score goals, tackle, has a full range of passing and compliments the excellent Martin Rowlands brilliantly.  Buzsaky, Watson, Rowlands and Routledge is the preferred choice and I totally agree.  There’s a great balance of pace (Routledge), passing (Watson and Rowlands) and finising/delivery (Buzsaky).

Borrowdale has done brilliantly at left back and fair play to him – Paulo Sousa didn’t give him a sniff when he was here. Initially, I was sceptical but he’s proved me wrong by being solid all season so far.  I love Matt Connolly. He’d be in my starting eleven, that’s for sure – but at the expense of who? That’s a tough one.  Both Stewart and Gorkss have done nothing wrong but I can’t help thinking that our defence would be all the stronger with Connolly’s inclusion.  Liegertwood has been playing right back recently – a position first explored for him under Gareth Ainsworth.  I think it’s his best position. Full backs are massively underrated in football. They’re the ones who start the move, have more time than any other player on the pitch and provide additional ‘poke’ with great overlapping.  I know he probably doesn’t want to play there all the time…but tough Mikele!

So, Magilton’s steering things in the right direction – well done sir. Long may it continue. Off to Newcastle tonight. Lets keep our run going. I have a sneaky feeling about tonight y’know…

C’mon you R’s!

RR

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!

RR

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.

RR

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.

RR