Rangers duo rule out Portman Road raids

JIM Magilton and assistant John Gorman have both ruled out the prospect of raiding Portman Road to improve the strength of the Queens Park Rangers squad.

Elvin King

JIM Magilton and assistant John Gorman have both ruled out the prospect of raiding Portman Road to improve the strength of the Queens Park Rangers squad.

Magilton, who was dismissed by Ipswich Town in April, is now boss at Loftus Road and he insisted: “I already know they're good players in the squad I have inherited.

“I've a group of lads here that I believe are more than capable. I'm confident about that.”

And Gorman, who worked with Magilton at Ipswich for four months from the end of December, says there is no need to delve quickly into the transfer market, explaining: “Everyone rushes around at this time of year. But I just look at the squad we have and think 'why panic?'

“Our first priority is to work with players that are already here and there are some really good players. Then, when the dust settles, perhaps we can have a better look at things.

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“We've got quality players coming back from injury. Things are going well for Martin Rowlands and Akos Buzsaky, plus we've got Heidar Helguson as well. “It's going to be like having new signings when those players are fully fit. It'll be a real boost for us.

“So we'll have a look at the players here and then, further down the line or if perhaps someone leaves, we'll see what we need.”

The jest going the rounds Suffolk-way is that Magilton will not face his former club as he will have joined the long list of QPR failures by the time they come visiting on December 28. 'Give him four months' they cry.

The West London outfit have had seven managers in three-and-a-half years and five since Flavio Briatore took over in October 2007.

The Briatore-led board favoured a continental-style approach following their takeover but coaches such as Paulo Sousa and Luigi De Canio had limited influence during their brief spells at the helm. But Magilton has been given overall responsibility for several areas of the club, including identifying transfer targets.

“Ultimately, managers are judged by results on the pitch,” said Magilton. “But I'll look at every aspect of the club; scouting, youth development - all of it.. I believe in bringing young players through. We tried to do it at Ipswich and I'll do the same here whenever possible.

“In terms of young players, if any youngster is good enough he will definitely get a chance while I'm manager. That's for sure.”