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Warnock: Town Have the Nucleus of a Good Side
Warnock: Town Have the Nucleus of a Good Side
Wednesday, 23rd Feb 2011 10:34

QPR boss Neil Warnock says Paul Jewell has the nucleus of a very good side at Town and will be looking to follow his successful lead next season. The former Sheffield United manager believes that Jewell has a great opportunity to bring the good times back to Portman Road.

Warnock says ex-boss Roy Keane was a touch unlucky that a number of tight games didn’t go his way: “I think they were a bit unfortunate. Roy had a number of opportunities to get decent results and couldn’t quite get a run going.

“It’s like when I came here, the initial part, you do well and keep them up, now you’ve got to stay up,” Warnock said of the Blues’ turnaround in form since Jewell took over last month.

The 62-year-old says the new Town manager will be searching for players ahead of his first full season in charge with many of the building blocks already in place at Portman Road: “They’ve got some decent players. I’m sure Paul is like me, he’s already looking around at where he can get players in to do what we’ve done – to get up the top end of the table.

“He’s got the nucleus of a very good side, the club’s very stable, there are good people behind him, Marcus is a good person to work for.

“And the fans down there, bloody hell, they’re second to none, aren’t they? It’s a great opportunity for everybody down there.”

But Warnock felt his side deserved Tuesday’s 2-0 victory: “I thought we were better than them. I thought we deserved it in the end.

“Sometimes you’ve got to hang in there for the first 10 or 15 minutes and we’re going to get teams like that at home and away. But in the second half I thought we were super.”

Jewell dismissed suggestions that his side tired after the break: “We looked a little bit ragged and we came under the cosh, they’re a big strong team that rely on long throws and corners.

“At 0-0, it was a good result for us, but we were still looking to win the game. I don’t think tiredness was a factor, I don’t think the players can blame tiredness. We’ve had a lot of games in a short space of time, but so have QPR.”

The Town boss was pleased with the opening period - although he thought QPR keeper Paddy Kenny should have been tested more - but he feels his side need to keep that sort of performance going for the entire game: “I thought for 45 minutes we were by far the better team but we just didn’t take advantage when we were on top.

"QPR threw bodies forward at corners and throw-ins and to get done by a corner was disappointing.

"We’ve got to do it for 95 minutes, whatever it takes. We’ve been on a smashing run, so I’m not going to lambast the players, but I just said to them in there, if we want to be a serious team we've got to do it for 90-odd minutes."

Meanwhile, Town's reserves are in action at Playford Road against Southend this afternoon (KO 2pm).

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bracknell_blue added 10:51 - Feb 23
Blimey! Colin being nice about us. Talsk sense though, and implies he knows ME.
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BlueBoots added 10:52 - Feb 23
“And the fans down there, bloody hell, they’re second to none, aren’t they?

Good old Warnock - he seems to love us as much as some of our fans hate him! :^D
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poringlandblue added 11:07 - Feb 23
is he taking he p-ss,its good if he was impressed by the away support but sorry you can hear the birds sing at pr for long periods of time, we fans need to address that.surely a few ticket incentives and kids for a £1 games will get some bums on seats hopefully to be entertained and want to come back.
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Worcester added 11:07 - Feb 23
I've never hated him. In the heat of a battle he can say some inflammatory things but so can anyone. It is high praise indeed for ITFC, as he usually talks straight from the hip and can be scathing. I wonder if he is after PJ's Job?
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tom_the_blue added 11:20 - Feb 23
I really really like Warnock, I know lots of people hate him and I can understand why, but I think he is great. He is really passionate, tells it exactly how he sees it and is a really bad loser- which is great as nobody should be happy with a loss. He is a very good manager as well, perhaps the polar opposite to Jewell, but equally great.
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cornishnick added 11:43 - Feb 23
He's good value Warnock. Easy to knock because he's so passionate about his club on the touchline, but his record isn't half bad. When he's not losing his rag on the pitch, comes across as a thoroughly decent bloke.
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Kropotkin123 added 12:10 - Feb 23
"its good if he was impressed by the away support but sorry you can hear the birds sing at pr for long periods of time, we fans need to address that."

True, but there has always been a great atmosphere for games involving Warnock at PR. There was a huge, and vocal, rivalry between his sheff utd team and our team. Always loud... shame we don't do that against every club, tbh
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nickforeveritfc added 12:13 - Feb 23
It's nice to see a manager realising that we do have potential at portman road, and how loyal our fans have been, however just like poringlandblue said we need more noise at portman road i think it gets the players going and builds up a great atmospher for all supporters. I wish we could get an atmosphere like when Arsenal came here every game!!
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Mr_Evans added 12:36 - Feb 23
I Like Warnock! Many fans don't like him but he has always praised Ipswich - I would have been very happy to see him as manager of our club.

As with the result - after recent performances I'm not worried about the defeat, QPR are a difficult team to break down but we kept them at bay for long periods of the game.

PJ obviously needs a RB, CD & CF.. anybody with any ideas?
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BlueMoolay added 12:38 - Feb 23
To get a bit more atmosphere, we need more/better songs to sing. Come on song starters....lets get some more decent songs to sing and hopefully everyone will join in. Lets go round the stands too...always interesting.....South Stand, giss a song, South Stand South Stand giss a song...Sssssshhhhh...!!!!
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svendust added 12:49 - Feb 23
The reason Warnock thinks we have good fans is because we're always up for it when we play one of his teams because we hate him so much. When it comes to playing at home against Scunthorpe on a cold Tuesday night PR turns into a library
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simonsays added 13:06 - Feb 23
Don't poke your nose into things that don't concern you Warnock.
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pazelle added 13:27 - Feb 23
yes neil i agree ipswich have a superb nucleus priskin wickham norris leadbitter bullard martin civelli mcauley delaney smith fulop peters edwards just need a leftback who isnt fat
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DiamondGezzer added 13:47 - Feb 23
He didn't mention the tea lady, obviously knows little about football !

Praise indeed Mr. Warnock.
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kerryblue added 13:55 - Feb 23
Does anyone really care what the bitter old Warnock says?He got the three points.Hard luck Town wheres the two players we were signing two weeks ago Mr Clegg?
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Lightningboy added 14:13 - Feb 23
Will be good to see Warnock sticking it up a few sides next season in the prem.
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ThatMuhrenCross added 14:24 - Feb 23
How many times is that man going to try and butter up Ipswich Town? He's had a habit of it down the years - Harry Redknapp is another. It's as if those two are after the managerial job at Portman Road, as if its the holy grail of football.
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BaaBaaBlue added 14:26 - Feb 23
Warnocks Niece lives in Sudbury... fact ...perhaps he would like the job at PR
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Nazemariner added 14:32 - Feb 23
F*$k off Nigel. Taking the p*%s out of our support. I'd like to see Nigel and Curbishley have a race across the A14.....Blindfolded!
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Garv added 15:28 - Feb 23
All light hearted banter, the man we love to hate!
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TractorTrog added 16:08 - Feb 23
By Jove didnt we play well!!!
results aside we are a team to be reconed with away at a very tough ground spirited performance blatting there goal 8 times we were a tad unlucky not to score at least one.....

I think Warnock knows a good thing when he sees one and has predicted the future for us come next season QPR will be away in the prem and we will be top of this leauge....one more thing can we all collectivly wish that when Leadbittir hits a stonker it will go in its on the cards his been soooooo close Come On You Blue Bouys!!!!!
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jas0999 added 16:59 - Feb 23
I suspect these comments are tonge in cheek. No way does he mean: 'And the fans down there, bloody hell, they’re second to none, aren’t they?'.

Bottom line is his team are much better than ours! And he knows it.He probably also knows we have 21 players out of contract in the summer - so unless Clegg sorts this out we will not have 'the nucleus of a good side' - we will need a new one!!!!
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brogansnose added 17:25 - Feb 23
I believe that the comments he made were genuine, after all he is from South Yorkshire where they dont exactly call a spade a shovel. Lets not forget that he claimed that he was offered the job ahead of Keane. Personnally ive got a lot of time for the bloke despite when he managed the blades and we were up against them and he has nearly always succeeded in 'doing a job' on us.

Apparently he has got a farm in Devon or Cornwall now, Tractor boy Neil, cant see it myself.
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RegencyBlue added 19:27 - Feb 23
Warnock! Patronising Ba***rd!!!
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Fatcatevans added 22:04 - Feb 23
I think Colins great - He tells it like it is. He's forgotten more about football than most people on here will ever know. he can't win - if he has a go at us people dislike him and if he compliments us he's a patronising bastard - Grow up lads
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