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PUBLISHED: 10:58 21 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:49 24 August 2010

By Steve Hoad Lucky me.Managerial crisis, one night in Watford and QPR lose 3-1. Patrick Agyemang celebrates his opener with the gusto of a man recently diagnosed with a terminal and painful disease, and that s five points from seven games - stark contr

By Steve Hoad

Lucky me.Managerial crisis, one night in Watford and QPR lose 3-1.

Patrick Agyemang celebrates his opener with the gusto of a man recently diagnosed with a terminal and painful disease, and that's five points from seven games - stark contrast to the 16 points from the previous seven. Something's amiss.

Next day and things worsen. We learn that Akos Buzsaky spent half the night roaming aimlessly around the Watford ground on a chilly December night dressed only in his kit. There are pictures of a forlorn Akos being comforted by assistant manager John Gorman.

Wednesday breaks with allegations of managerial head butting in the dressing room, an internal enquiry, the suspension of the Jim Magilton, and inevitable speculation about his future. The tired press rolls and reminds us of 'crashgate' and QPR's chequered managerial history. It' column inches!

But regrettably it's the same old column inches, such as 'might this lead to the exit of Flavio Briatore and co., will it mean for the collapse of the wet London outfit?' You know the stuff. It's almost as though they relish it. And the evening press announces Jim's imminent departure.

So here we are again, manager-less and captain-less. No leadership on the field or off it. That's of course if there was leadership previously. The collapse of Rangers' form has been put down to the absence of one man, Gavin Mahon. Yes, the one slated by the fans last season. Can any organisation profess to be managed responsibly if its success hinges on just one person?

The recent form of the team will have inevitably intensified the pressure on Magilton, but if his reaction to that pressure resulted in the conduct alleged, you must question his suitability for any managerial post, particularly in the high pressure cauldron of football, and especially QPR with its 'hyper ambitious' backers.

The assistant manager, John Gorman, has withdrawn his labour, which seems strange if the accusations are true, or an act of solidarity if not - and he should be in a position to know.

But such situations are rarely all one-sided. It's suggested that Agyemang's 'celebration' was a reaction at not being a first team regular. Is there a hint of some exaggerated prima donna egos being bruised as efforts are made to deflate them to realistic proportions?

Thursday dawns and Jim has pledged to prove his innocence. A common quest at QPR lately, it seems. Perhaps he simply stumbled on a wet towel.

Jim always comes across well with the press and is polite, supportive, whilst forthright. What, however, if he is a Jekyll and Hyde character in the dressing room?

And, of course, the rejuvenated conspiracy theories abound, peddled by the usual suspects.

Happy Christmas to all QPR fans.


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