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QPR Director To Manage Brazil

By London_Duncan Last edited 130 months ago
QPR Director To Manage Brazil
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A surprising headline, to be sure, but we shouldn’t be that shocked. After all, he was first considered for the job six years ago. Then he was said to be unhappy with administrators overseeing team affairs, but now Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri, Dunga to his friends, captain of Brazil’s 1994 world cup winning side and member of the Queens Park Rangers board since Gianni Paladini’s arrival as majority shareholder in 2004, has succumbed to the lure of trying to match Franz Beckenbauer’s feat of both captaining and managing a world cup winning side.

Dunga’s glamorous CV raised the profile of Rangers, but viewers of ITV’s recent Soccer Aid series may have seen more of him than fans attending Loftus Road. The QPR Report blog tracks his time at the club, beginning two years ago when the Evening Standard named Dunga as one of five equal benefactors who put money into the club. He did not accompany the others to a game shortly after the investment, but the then chairman Bill Power told the paper:

Dunga is definitely coming to watch some games…He doesn't speak much English, but they said he was courteous, polite and charming… He knew all about QPR and has shown a real desire to be involved. I am thrilled to welcome a former player of the very highest calibre to Loftus Road.

Bill certainly saw him twelve months later when he flew over from Japan to join Paladini in voting to remove Power from his position. In May of this year Dunga gave a bouyant interview to QPR’s official website, but last night he resigned from his position at the club to take up his new post with the Seleção.

Meanwhile recently confirmed QPR boss Gary Waddock is overseeing his first pre-season campaign. The club’s preparations have been hampered somewhat, the latest setback coming in Sorrento, Italy, where Waddock felt compelled to field a team of reserves, triallists and coaches when it became clear that Sorrento would be playing on a plastic pitch not unlike the one that once graced Loftus Road itself. The local side comfortably ran out 5-1 winners, but there was a silver lining to the evening as young Polish striker Adam Czerkas looked lively and scored with a fine shot on the turn to start his season-long loan in impressive fashion.

Picture via Scott Davies1's Flickr stream.

Last Updated 26 July 2006

Pablo

Im a QPR fan and have been through the whole stinking pile of crap that has surrounded our club since Gianni Paladini and his team set upone our club...

Their first doing was to put in some much needed money with Bill Power as chairman bringing them in.

Next Paladini brought in Dunga who, it was said, would help to bring us a number of young up and coming Brazillian playeres with his contacts - but in the end he (and the rest of the board) seemed to think that it would be too dificult for them to get a work permit in England, and in reality any good player from that region of South America would rather play in Italy or Spain...

So anyway, Dunga made his 2nd (i think) visit to Loftus Road, flying in from his home in Japan, to vote Bill Power off the board and remove Mark Devlin as CEO of the club.

Since then other things have happened, everyone from the photographer to the manager have been removed for one reason or another, even the announcer on match days found out his days were numbered when he read on the official QPR website that there was a competition for the fans to be the next announcer!

Slip shod is the term that comes to mind.

And now we have the pre-season, Dunga has left after all his hard work (not sure that he actually did anything), a few first team players have been left in England while the rest have gone to Italy for the pre-season tour...and in our first game they find out JUST before kick off that the team play on a plastic pitch...well thats just ridiculous as Gianni Paladini, himself an Italian, said after our Ibiza Cup success last season that he didnt want us playing on plastic pitches to help avoid injuries...so what they mean is this place wasnt even inspected prior to kick off?!

What a joke!

Our old goal keeper and now goal keeping coach even came on as a striker - and it wasnt a cheap trip to go on, had i have gone i think id be pretty pissed off!

Oh well, at least it is in the lovely setting of Sorrento which will take the edge off for the travelling Hoops.

So spare us a thought when we are doing terribly next season (but we WONT go down!).

U Rssssss!

Duncan

Pablo,

Thanks indeed for those articulate and passionate comments. Gary Waddock seems a good bloke (met him at the Stoke post-match press conference in March) though obviously he's not quite as good copy as Ian Holloway! You're third favourites to go down with many bookmakers, which I feel is harsh. Do you think Gary has what it takes to do a good job for the club?

Pablo

Hi Duncan,

Gary does seem like a good egg...he was in charge of the youth set up before stepping up to the first team and the youth team seemed to do pretty well bringing through some good youngsters such as Shabazz Baidoo, Stefan Bailey, Pat Kanyuka and more recently Ray Jones - so he will at least have a good relationship with some of these players who are now making inroads to the first team.

He also has a good number two with Alan MacDonald so hopefuly the two of them will do enough to keep us up. It wont be easy and it certainly wont be pretty, but i DO honestly think that we have enough about us to do the business and stay in the division.

Last season was a little harsh to judge us on - we lost pretty much the entire board, massive problems off the pitch with "the gun incident" (just a note - Dave Morris, one of the Directors and alleged ring leader, was aquitted along with the other 6 defendants...) and then finally with Holloway being put on gardening leave (about two months after Paladini re-negotiated his contract from a rolling year-on-year contract to a three year contract..!).

So we did crap last season, but we wont be SO bad this season, especially if Nick Ward (young Oz player in FIFAs' top 15 under 21 year olds...no Thea Walcott in THAT list!) and Adam Czerkas (young Polish striker) can link up nicely and score a few, we might even steal a position as vertigo inducing as 15th!!

Watch this space..!

U Rssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!

Duncan

Pablo,

Thanks for the heads up on the youngsters coming through. We hope to catch the Rs in action early on this season (at home to Leeds on Tuesday August 8th looks a disctinct possibility) and will be keeping an eye out for their progress.

And we are, indeed, very aware of the recent judgements. I guess we even have to say "alleged gun incident" before closing discussion on that subject!

Pablo

Good stuff Duncan, its the QPR way to spread the word of our humble little club!

If youre going to a game, get yourself/selves to "The Green" on Shepherds Bush Green, always full of Rs and a decent enough little pub.

And most importantly, enjoy the game (just dont expect a win, the last four games ive been at against Leeds have been miserable!).

U Rssssssss!

Duncan

Duly noted, Pablo!