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  • Tue, 19 Jan 2021 08:00:50 +0000: QPR's Manisha Tailor: 'I am here to work in football and offer change' | Donald McRae - QPR | The Guardian

    The only South Asian Indian woman in the English professional game talks about her career and how it has helped her traumatised twin brother to speak again

    “There were many times where I would go to games and of course it would be perceived that I was the physio or any role where I couldn’t possibly be the lead coach,” Manisha Tailor says as she remembers arriving at opposition grounds with her Queens Park Rangers boys’ academy teams. Tailor is now the lead foundation phase coach at QPR and she says that “being a South Asian Indian woman, and the only person of South Asian heritage, male or female, in this kind of full-time coaching role at any of the 92 clubs in English professional football is a testament to QPR”.

    Yet, when she first began working as the head coach of the under-nine boys, the opposition automatically assumed she was the QPR physio. “Myself and my colleague had conversations about it,” Tailor says with a smile and a shrug. “We’d say: ‘How many times has this happened? Is it three in a row? We laugh about it but you have to be in a position to influence change. You need to be in a position where you have the qualifications – but you also need an opportunity to coach on a level playing field. I was given that at QPR but I know that there are other South Asian people, male and female, who have the qualifications to do my role. So why are so few people of colour, who have pro licences, getting opportunities to become head coaches?”

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    This whole journey with my brother has given me a moral purpose – reconnecting with football helped me connect with him

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  • Thu, 14 Jan 2021 08:00:33 +0000: Championship at halfway: miracles at Swansea and a Rooney-led revival - QPR | The Guardian

    Norwich are top but have not hit full tilt and Neil Warnock is targeting a remarkable ninth promotion with Middlesbrough

    Things could soon get snug at the summit but, for now, leaders Norwich have a four-point advantage over Swansea, where Steve Cooper continues to work minor miracles. For Daniel Farke the good news is that in 11 of the past 12 seasons, the team top at Christmas have clinched promotion. The bad news? For their rivals, it is that they are not yet at full tilt. Norwich have the same manager and almost an identical team to the one that secured this crown two years ago – the Tottenham loanee Oliver Skipp has slotted into midfield – but it is largely a tried and trusted formula; Tim Krul in goal, Max Aarons marauding into the box, Emi Buendía pulling off preposterous passes, and Teemu Pukki putting the ball in the net.

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  • Mon, 11 Jan 2021 17:13:39 +0000: Crystal Palace confirm Eberechi Eze went to QPR without their say-so - QPR | The Guardian
    • QPR sorry for letting their former player attend game
    • Palace winger’s conduct being looked at by FA

    Crystal Palace say they had no knowledge of Eberechi Eze’s visit to watch his former club Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup on Saturday. Palace outlined their concern at the winger’s apparent failure to abide by Covid protocols and said they would speak to him and deal with the matter internally.

    Their comments came after QPR’s manager Mark Warburton admitted his club made a mistake in allowing Eze to attend the game against Fulham.

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  • Thu, 31 Dec 2020 20:42:14 +0000: Tommy Docherty obituary - QPR | The Guardian
    Former Scotland and Manchester United manager known for his ebullient humour and his peripatetic career

    Tommy Docherty, who has died aged 92, often liked to say that he had “had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus”– a joke that referred not to his successful playing career as a hard-tackling, intelligent international right-half, but to his peripatetic existence as a manager. Beginning with six years at Chelsea in the 1960s, which started brightly but ended in chaos, he had more than a dozen spells in management, including at Aston Villa, Queens Park Rangers, Derby County, Porto, Wolverhampton Wanderers and his own national side, Scotland. His most celebrated period came at Manchester United in the mid-70s.

    Although he was one of the highest profile football managers of his generation and remained highly marketable well into the 80s, Docherty’s returns were actually rather slight, amounting over three decades to a Second Division title and FA Cup win with Manchester United and a League Cup victory with Chelsea. He took all the ups and downs with his trademark ebullient humour, and was ever willing to tell a story against himself. In 1967, after the Chelsea directors had called him to the boardroom and told him he was being released, he disappeared momentarily before returning with several bottles of champagne, with which he cheerfully toasted those who had just dismissed him. His enemies would say of him that you always knew he was lying because his lips moved – but he would make jokes about that as well.

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  • Thu, 31 Dec 2020 18:45:51 +0000: A life in pictures: Tommy Docherty - QPR | The Guardian

    The former Manchester United and Scotland manager has died following a long illness

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