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Sousa suits Flavio just fine

PUBLISHED: 12:35 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:24 24 August 2010

By Ben Kosky FORMER Portugal midfielder Paulo Sousa has been offered the chance to coach QPR by the club s increasingly desperate co-owner Flavio Briatore. Briatore has failed to persuade several candidates to replace Iain Dowie since terminating his five

By Ben Kosky

FORMER Portugal midfielder Paulo Sousa has been offered the chance to coach QPR by the club's increasingly desperate co-owner Flavio Briatore.

Briatore has failed to persuade several candidates to replace Iain Dowie since terminating his five-month reign on a whim almost four weeks ago.

But, despite initially talking up the chances of caretaker boss Gareth Ainsworth, Briatore's alarm and indignation at two successive league defeats has prompted him to look elsewhere.

And Sousa, 38, who won more than 50 caps for his country and played in Serie A for Juventus, Inter Milan and Parma, fits Briatore's big-name bill perfectly - yet he has no coaching experience at club level.

He represented both Benfica and Sporting during a 13-year playing career and is currently working as an assistant to Portugal's national team boss Carlos Queiroz.

TEENAGE striker Angelo Balanta made his Wycombe Wanderers debut on Saturday against Bradford after joining the League Two high-flyers on a two-month loan deal.

QPR have an option to recall Balanta after the first month, but have refused permission for him to play in the FA Cup.

However, fellow Rs forward Romone Rose is eligible for FA Cup duty at Histon, having joined the Conference side on a month's loan - and could feature in their televised second round tie against former winners Leeds United on Sunday November 30.


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