Boss will prune squad to 22
PUBLISHED: 12:29 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:14 24 August 2010
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By Ben Kosky QPR boss Luigi de Canio has revealed he wants to begin next season with a squad of 22. Rangers have been represented by a total of 36 players during the current campaign – not including substitute goalkeepers – and De Canio wants to rely on a
By Ben Kosky
QPR boss Luigi de Canio has revealed he wants to begin next season with a squad of 22.
Rangers have been represented by a total of 36 players during the current campaign - not including substitute goalkeepers - and De Canio wants to rely on a much smaller pool of options next year.
The Rs boss has rightly dismissed foolish suggestions that his side might yet nail a play-off place this season - and admits he is not greatly concerned about their final league placing.
"Recently in mid-season a lot of faces changed and so the most important thing is to gel a team and get everyone thinking with the same mentality," De Canio told the Times.
"The objective is to do as well as possible. The final position doesn't have huge importance, but obviously the higher we place ourselves, the more faith we'll have in our own ability.
"Faith in their ability and skills is the most important quality that I want this team to have. Even when they were 1-0 down to Scunthorpe they didn't lose faith.
"I think in this Championship, 22 players with a very well-spread ability in every position is the ideal if you want to succeed. That is what I want next season.
"Most, if not all of the players who are here now have a few more years on their contracts, but for anyone in their last year we'll decide what happens towards the end of the season."
Club captain Gareth Ainsworth has already signed a new one-year deal, but his predecessor Adam Bolder - currently in his second month on loan at Sheffield Wednesday - is unlikely to be offered another contract.
On-loan striker Danny Nardiello should make a permanent switch back to Barnsley, while De Canio will also have to make decisions on goalkeepers Jake Cole and Matt Pickens.
The Rangers boss also plans to supplement his squad by bringing through more graduates from the youth set-up to follow in the footsteps of forward Angelo Balanta.
Balanta has made six appearances for the Rs under De Canio and the manager stressed: "I am working hard with the board and the owners to have an ever-improving structure so that we can bring young players through the system and maybe breaking into the squad.
"I believe this is very important. We'll do whatever is necessary and do it gradually, one step at a time, not a revolution.
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