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Monday, October 01, 2007

Goodbye and Thank You, John Gregory

Following the 5-1 thrashing at West Brom on Sunday John Gregory has been sacked as manager of QPR. Gregory last week, received the dreaded 'vote of confidence' from the new owners and here he is, out of a job a week later. Poor results, bizarre team selections and the fact that we are sitting at the bottom of the table was probably enough to ensure the board had lost faith with their Manager - but it seems that the 5-1 thrasing at the Hawthorns yesterday was the straw that broke the camel's back.

This may not be as much of a surprise to many, but personally, I am sad to see one of my boyhood heroes leave the Club. But, I am also realistic enough to know that there is no room for sentiment in football. Results this season have been poor and the league table doesn't lie. But with new, ambitious owners on board, it was becoming more and more obvious that things just can not go on the way things are.

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JG has been with us for just over a year now and his vast experience saw him save Rangers from what was almost certain relegation. I have been upset with the way some fans have turned on him so quickly, they must have extremely short memories that's all I can say. Yes, we are currently bottom of the Championship, but would NOT even be in this division if not for JG. Personally, I would like to have seen John get a bit more time. However, it is not to be and we must move on now.

I would like to thank John Gregory for everything he has done for Queens Park Rangers Football Club both as a player and a manager!!

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Good Luck for the future, JG!


  • At 11:42 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    it most be official now qpr are the most unlucky side ever we can buy the best strikers in the world he will break his leg in training and never be seen again.or we sell one becouse he cant score to save his life and then he scores a hatrick against us and becomes the season highest scorer

  • At 1:36 pm, Blogger bobo said…

    Cheers Lofty, well said. Fans in all sports have become insane. I've seen two year olds with longer memories than so called "supporters" that end up booing their former heroes.

    I think it is a testament to a manager when the first thing you think of when they are gone is how much they have done for the club. I hope JG does not have to wait a long time for another opportunity because he definitely deserves another chance somewhere else.

  • At 8:02 pm, Blogger Charlie Naseweis said…

    At least John Gregory has partly repaired his managerial reputation in his short time with us. Before he joined he was 'damaged goods' following a terrible spell at Derby & all the bung allegations.

    I've no doubt that he'll be snapped up again by another club - but the question will be if he wants to continue in management, or instead take the retirement option?

    I was in the camp that wanted him to be given more time, but that was never going to happen once Bernie & Flavio took over - he was a dead man walking.

    Good luck JG, thanks for the all the good memories from last season.

  • At 7:43 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well said Lofty. Whilst JG did a great job last year, I've been disappointed with him this season because of his team selections, which at times have been baffling. Never an excuse for fans to get on his back though.
    All very sad. But let's hope that the new owners will bring along a talented new manager, who can do the business.

    South Coast Ranger


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