July 29, 2011
Multiple sources are reporting tonight that Air Asia tycoon and Formula 1 Team Lotus owner Tony Fernandes is poised to buy a majority share of Queens Park Rangers.
Supporters have been bracing for news of an ownership change since Thursday, when the club's official website and twitter feed carried a story announcing that the club were in discussions with a "new party" regarding an ownership takeover. Majority Shareholder Bernie Eccelstone had previously offered his 62% holding in the team for £100m pounds but an earlier deal, believed to have involved former Vice-Chairman Amit Bhatia and minority Shareholder Lakshmi Mittal, fell through.
Fernandes previously failed in a bid to purchase West Ham in 2010.
July 27, 2011
Queens Park Rangers fell 1 - 0 to Cesena in their first real test of the pre-season tonight, squaring off against the Serie A side in San Marino, Italy.
The match featured many quality scoring opportunities for both squads as well as a few defensive miscues and breakdowns. It was a good workout for the club, facing the kind of skill level they saw last year in the Championship, and perhaps will face against the lower Premier League clubs like Wigan this year.
Despite the outcome, the R's played well and if they perform as they did last night they should be in good shape this season.
Danny Gabbidon shuts down a Cesena attack
July 26, 2011
DJ Campbell is flying to meet Hoops boss Neil Warnock in Italy this week, hopefully to finalize a move to Queens Park Rangers, according to reports in the Mirror and Sun tonight.
The club agreed on a transfer fee of £1.25 million pounds earlier this month but the deal stalled over Campbell's wage demands. Further complicated by the financial restraints put on Warnock by QPR ownership, the London native's move back to the Premiership appeared over before it began.
However, with suitors dropping down to only West Ham and QPR, it seems a deal is set to be struck that will bring the playmaker to Loftus Road.
DJ Campbell may be QPR bound.
July 23, 2011
Fantastic news Saturday as Queens Park Rangers announced Moroccan star Adel Taarabt will not leave the club after all.
Taarabt had been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the French Ligue 1, and had also previously stated his ambition to play for the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.
QPR's Adel Taarabt is staying.
The club released an official statement indicating they did not intend to sell the player and that keeping him represents the board's desire to "build for the future in the Premier League..."
"Taarabt is fully committed to the Club and is looking forward to proving his undoubted star quality for QPR in the Barclay's Premier League." according to the club's statement.
July 19, 2011
We live in hard times. Austerity is the watchword these days - governments ask us to give more while services get cut; employers are tightening the belt, demanding longer hours and paying smaller wages; ordinary goods cost more than they used to. It seems every day there is another reminder of the fragile economy or how tight the pocketbook has become.
Neil Warnock is feeling the pinch too, acknowledging this week that he has virtually no funds available for the transfer market. Despite earning promotion to the top flight, it appears that outside of a £1.25 million bid for DJ Campbell, he's been given the word from the ownership to do more with less.
July 18, 2011
It's good to know Neil Warnock does not believe in the mercy rule.
Queens Park Rangers put on a shooting clinic at Tavistock AFC today, walloping the amateur outfit to the tune of thirteen unanswered goals.
July 16, 2011
The Hoops put in a bit of light work Friday night, cruising to a 1-0 friendly win over Harrow Borough.
The match gave Neil Warnock a chance to run out several squad players for an extended time and the results, albeit the competition, were satisfactory. Radek Cerny made a few fine saves during Boro's feisty start to the game, and looks set to be a quality back-up for Paddy Kenny should he be called on this year.
July 14, 2011
Queens Park Rangers agreed a three year deal with former Cardiff City and England national team striker Jay Bothroyd and it's good to see manager Neil Warnock adding a quality finisher to the ranks.
Financial terms were not released (he was asking £65,000-per-week at one point) but snapping him up on a free transfer probably eased the budgetary obstacles to his signing. Provided he can continue the quality he demonstrated last year this should be a valuable signing for the club.
July 12, 2011
Queens Park Rangers are set to sign England International and former Cardiff City Striker Jay Bothroyd to a two year deal, according to a report by Skynews.com today.
Bothroyd was spotted in London for a medical this week and Hoops boss Neil Warnock has mentioned him as a target this summer. The 28 year-old scored twenty goals for Cardiff City last season, but the recent arrival of Rob Earnshaw - and his hefty wage bill - appear to have made him expendable. Bothroyd opted not to renew with the Bluebirds after they failed to win promotion last term.
Blackpool striker DJ Campbell has been excused from the team’s training camp in Portugal, as it appears he is set to depart the club in the next week or two.
Various newspaper reports have linked the 29-year-old to QPR, Aston Villa and perhaps Fulham. His very affordable £1.25 million contract release clause should expedite a return to the Premier League and QPR have been in on him since the Seasiders were relegated in May.
Brian Mahon is a writer and football fan who has been a QPR supporter for many years. Thus heartbreak and wandering in the wilderness of English football are all he's ever known - until now. Recognizing his most valuable contribution to a football pitch was staying off it, he is focused on armchair managing, heckling at the television and writing about the beautiful game. You can follow him on twitter at @BrianTMahon