Bump....from 8 Years ago...Gianni and his "Boys" had been saying, no, no, no. The training ground was never closed. Mark Bircham said otherwise
From October 31, 2008 Fascinating QPR net has another of its great Q&As with ex-players. This time with Marc Bircham.
Talks about joining QPR and leaving PR; playoff final; promotion; Holloway, Waddock, Gregory as managers; Holloway's "Gardening" Leave. Former Chairman Paladini, the new owners; our future.
Claims "we got locked out of the training ground because the bill hadn’t been paid" - Something that has been stated before by others - and which at the time was categorically denied by the club (and some of its "defenders" as being untrue .
Great read that. You have to take some of what he says with a tiny grain of salt, just because he is a bloke with opinions and an ego like everyone else. But overall, I thought his answers were remarkably honest and open. Good stuff Birch. Top man!
But an inside perspective of QPR back when Holloway was manager and then Paladini was "running" the club - and not that of one of the "ITK" groupies
"...MB: Yeh it does affect you cos it filters down, that started us being a bit of a joke team in the media really, there was a story about us every week and it was never anything to do with what was going on on the pitch. There were always rumours of administration and that didn’t help and then Olly got the sack. At the time we had loads of injuries but we were still in about eleventh place and they sacked him. I think the only reason we stayed up that years was because we ran out of games.
Waddo came in and that was a bit of a disaster to be honest. He’s done really well at Aldershot and perhaps if he was allowed to do things his way it would have been different but he was a bit of a puppet really.
We had that pre-season in Italy the following summer and they left me behind as well as people like Lomas, Doherty and Evatt, I think we had a better team at home than the one that went. It set it all up for the season to go badly, then we got locked out of the training ground because the bill hadn’t been paid, it was just a shambles really. ...
...: Yeh but I’m a man of principles and I wouldn’t buckle to that. They wanted me and Kev to do a press conference welcoming the decision and welcoming Gary Waddock in and I wouldn’t do it because I didn’t believe in it. I thought the way Olly was treated was terrible especially after everything he did for the club. If they wanted rid of him they should have given him the decency of sacking him not putting him on gardening leave. They were just trying to save money and I thought he deserved more than that. I’m not one of those players to kiss up the Chairman, I didn’t believe it was right and I stuck to my morals and that probably was the downfall of my time with Paladini really. I wouldn’t change it though, I’m a loyal person if someone’s good to me I’m loyal to them.
...: It was weird, Gary Waddock was a central midfielder like me of course and I’ve known him since I was about ten. He was being dictated to but he didn’t want to admit that because it would have undermined him. The players coming in weren’t good enough and all the lads knew we’d be battling relegation which is how it turned out. I did feel let down by Waddo to be honest, I’d like have a chat with him one day because I would like to think he regrets the way he handled me. ..
....Ultimately it was down to my relationship with Gianni to be honest, I don’t think he liked that me and Kev cared so much for the club and we didn’t like what he was doing to it, plus I believe he hated the fact we had a better relationship with the fans than he did ETC
Bump Three Years: Even Before we had "The Four Year Plan," we had Gianni (and 'His Boys') - "..We had that pre-season in Italy the following summer and they left me behind as well as people like Lomas, Doherty and Evatt, I think we had a better team at home than the one that went. It set it all up for the season to go badly, then we got locked out of the training ground because the bill hadn’t been paid, it was just a shambles really."