Ian Dowie appointed QPR first team coach

Ian Dowie has been appointed as QPR first-team coach today. Dowie’s appointment follows last week’s departure of Luigi de Canio by mutual consent.

Dowie spent three years with the club as a player and had stints as caretaker boss and assistant manager.

Ian Dowie, 43, was sacked as Coventry manager in February. He has also managed Charlton, Crystal Palace, Oldham and Coventry. Today he signed a two-year contract with one of the richest clubs in England.

Wealthy businessmen Lakshmi Mittal, Formula One head Bernie Ecclestone and Renault team managing director Flavio Briatore have made their intentions clear, they want QPR to rival Chelsea & Man Utd – the sooner the better.

So it was quite a shock to hear Dowie had been appointed as QPR manager. I thought Mittal, Ecclestone & Briatore would be looking for a manager who Premier League or international experience. Yes I know Dowie has taken teams from the Championship into the Premiership. But he has not cut the mustard in the Premiership in the way other available managers such as Glen Hoddle, Sam Allardyce nad Steve McLaren have.

Maybe Dowie has two years to get QPR into the Premiership & then he will pass the baton on to a big name manager. Whatever the plan I can’t help but feel deflated at the news of Dowie’s appointment; and I’m not even a QPR fan!

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Who will be QPR’s next manager?

Luigi De Canio has left QPR by mutual consent after just six months as QPR manager.

De Canio was the third QPR manager this season, when he took over in November from caretaker boss, Mick Harford, who in turn succeeded John Gregory.

When De Canio took over, QPR were at the wrong end of the table. But it is obvious that De Canio’s mid-table finish (QPR ended 14th in the Coca-Cola Championship) is not good enough for the future plans of co-owners Bernie Eccleston, Flavio Briatore and big money investor Lakshmi Mittal.

Luigi De Canio’s record as QPR manager:
Played – 35
Won – 12
Drawn – 11
Lost – 12

I believe QPR will be looking for automatic promotion to the Premiership next season and will need a manager with English football management experience. I also believe they will be looking for a mixture of youth and experienced big names to confirm their ambitions.

Luis Figo switching from Inter Milan stripes to West London hoops has already been rumoured, as has the ex-Chelsea & Watford manager Luca Vialli. But available English managers such as Sam Allardyce and Steve McLaren will surely be perfect for the job.

What is obvious to anyone is that Eccleston, Briatore and Mittal are not going to be content ploughing money into QPR while they remain outside the Premier League.

I will be putting a football bet on QPR for automatic promotion next season.

De Canio Leaves QPR By Mutual Consent

Queens Park Rangers coach Luigi De Canio, left the club last night by ‘mutual consent’.

The club who have recently been linked with Zidane becoming manager dismissed those reports to say that they are looking for an English manager to steer the club into the top flight.

Sam Allardyce seems to be favourite to take the job, having being spotted at Loftus Road on several occasions recently. Steve McClaren, Steve Cotterill and Iain Dowie have also been linked with the job.

Luigi De Canio seemed stunned by the decision although agreeing it was made by mutual consent, said; ‘We were speaking about many things. We did not agree about everything and there were some small problems. It is a shame. I came here when QPR were bottom of the table and there was the fear of relegation in the air. I feel I did a good job at QPR.’

Luis Figo denies QPR talks

Luis Figo denies QPR talksInter Milan’s Luis Figo has denied he is in talks with QPR owner Flavio Briatore, attempting to quash rumours suggesting the 35-year-old former Portugal international is set to join Queens Park Rangers in the summer, in what would be a massive signing for the west London club.

Loftus Road has seen its fair share of football genuises in the past. If I were the owner I would not only be talking to Luis Figo but already paving the way for him to wear the no. 10 shirt to follow in the footsteps of QPR legends from the past Stan Bowles and Rodney Marsh

But the former Barcelona and Real Madrid star insisted:

“It is a surprise for me, so I don’t know what to say about it.”

But then went on to say, “It’s nothing real at the moment!”

QPR are possibly the richest club in the UK, let alone west London. Next year I expect there to be some big name signings, and even though it may be a curtain call for Figo, wouldn’t it be great to see him involved in some championship football uk.

Andy Cole scores hat-trick for Burnley

Andy ColeFormer Manchester United, Newcastle and England striker, Andy Cole still has an appetiite for scoring goals. Last night he scored a hat-trick for Burnley against Queens Park Rangers.

Cole has now scored four goals in two games while on loan from Premiership Sunderland and was the difference between the two Championship teams yesterday. QPR fans gave Cole a standing ovation as he left the pitch and several called BBC Radio Five Live to compliment Cole’s classy performance.

QPR went into a two goal lead before Andy Cole helped Burnley win the match 4-2.

He told Radio Lancashire:

“It felt as good as it did on Saturday when I got my first [against Colchester]. It’s the same as when I was a kid – nothing changes.”

The three points helps Burnley climbed to seventh in the Coca-Cola League Championship table, one place and one point behind Ipswich Town and the play-off places.