Date:Thursday March 9 2006
This week's 'Who Are Yer?' takes us to Loftus Road to question Barry, Hud and HertsHoops from the QPR forum www.qpr.org...
1. What do you make of the departure of Ian Holloway?
Mixed feelings. For many of my fellow supporters, the love affair with Olly was already well and truly over. Many fans' patience seemed to be worn thin by a fairly unattractive playing style and a sense of the club/team not really moving forward any more after a promotion season followed by a decent first showing back in the second flight. My personal feeling was that no manager can work wonders at QPR with the current lack of resources and stability. I liked Holloway and think the manner of his departure was very shoddy, not reflecting at all well on the Chairman.
2. And what about the appointment of Gary Waddock?
So far, he's had an encouraging start. There's some evidence of a style of play that's a bit nicer to watch. But is that just because of the sense of security afforded by the club's mid-table position. Can the players just relax a bit more without worrying about relegation or any serious push for the playoffs. Or is it indeed a case a Waddock's influence and nous? I honestly can't tell. He would be a popular choice were he given the job on a permanent basis, given his status as a well-liked ex-player for the club. Ditto for his current assistant, Alan McDonald. But if the Chairman brings in someone else at the end of the season I would not be shocked. Paladini often referred to Holloway in glowing terms - but that did not prevent rumours about new managers coming in from Argentina, Israel or in the form of John Gregory.
3. What are your views on Gianni Paladini?
A lot of it's covered above. Nothing I've seen makes me like him or think he can be trusted. But this is nothing new. The club usually seems to be in the hands of one suspect regime or another.
4. What do you make of your season as a whole?
A strange one - ongoing chaos behind the scenes; a sense that the euphoria of promotion has finally faded away almost completely; a stop-start feel to it, caused by far too many mid-week games; the messy departure of Holloway. I can't honestly say I've enjoyed this season or seen many great games.
5. Who are your danger men?
Cook, for me, is the best player on the pitch right now. Others may not agree. Nygaard will cause problems for Sheff Wed if he's fit. Ainsworth continues to work his nuts off. I don't think any of the others are really 'danger men' as such.
6. How big a blow is the loss of Martin Rowlands through injury?
Pretty big. The combination of Rowly and Cook on the right and left respectively represents, I think, one of the better pairs of wide players in this division. That said, the Waddock 'era' has started OK without Rowlands in the side.
7. If you could take one Wednesday player to Loftus Road who would it be and why?
This sounds terrible, but not many names stand out. The youngster Brunt looked decent last time we saw him, I seem to recall.
8. If you could send one QPR player to Wednesday who would it be and why?
Santos. Bless him, he works hard and does do a few things quite well. But I just can't bear to see him win the ball then either punt it into the street or pass it to the opposition.
9. Have you got any good young players we should keep an eye out for?
Baidoo seems to have promise, but I worry that he is still pretty easily brushed off the ball by bigger, uglier, older, more savvy players. Stefan Bailey has looked OK, from what I've seen.
10. What's your most memorable QPR Vs Wednesday match?
Are you kidding? Don't you remember seeing 7000 of us celebrate promotion at your place the season before last?
11. Do you think the Owls will stay up?
I would think so. Crewe, Brighton and Millwall are surely all worse off than Sheff Wed. Then again Millwall will have been boosted by the victory over Luton at the weekend so I wouldn't say your safe just yet, and you definately won't be after Saturday!
12. What do you think the score will be?
I reckon it will be a draw, 1-1 with Gallen scoring for us.
Thanks a lot to Barry, Hertshoops and Hud from the QPR message forum www.qpr.org for helping out with this week's 'Who Are Yer?' Good luck for the rest of the season, but I can't really say good luck for Saturday - we're desperate for points!
Date:Thursday March 9 2006
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