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Paulo planning a trip abroad

PUBLISHED: 12:57 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:30 24 August 2010

By Ben Kosky PAULO Sousa wants to take QPR on their first overseas trip for three years as part of their build-up to next season. Rangers have not played outside the UK since their shambolic jaunt to Italy in the summer of 2006, when the quality both of p

By Ben Kosky

PAULO Sousa wants to take QPR on their first overseas trip for three years as part of their build-up to next season.

Rangers have not played outside the UK since their shambolic jaunt to Italy in the summer of 2006, when the quality both of playing surfaces and opposition was labelled sub-standard.

A year earlier, the Rs' Ibiza Cup victory was tainted by crowd trouble in the final against Coventry and, since the Italian fiasco, John Gregory and Iain Dowie both preferred to conduct their pre-season programme at home.

But Sousa told the Times: "I want to have one part here and one part abroad.

"We have to have a good pitch for training and we want to keep the union of the team and know each other better.

"Of course, this depends on the decisions of the board because sometimes it costs money. I think you need to play the right games against the right teams in pre-season, but not so many.

"For a coach in this league, the pre-season is very important because we are playing so many games in the season that we don't have as much time to train.

"We have six weeks in pre-season to make our ideas clear and if we start the season well, like Wolverhampton did this year, everyone will have the confidence to continue these ideas."

Sousa's plans for next season have also been boosted by news that the club intend to install a new pitch at Loftus Road following their last home game of the campaign, against Plymouth Argyle on April 25.


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