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QPR owners admit clipping Warnock media wings

QPR owners Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone admit they've clipped the wings of manager Neil Warnock over talking to the media.

In a statement, they reiterated the board's support for manager Warnock, although Ecclestone and Briatore confirmed that they have spoken to the former Sheffield United boss about toning down his comments to the media.

"Neil Warnock is our coach and we are working closely with him in a professional and confidential manner to try to achieve our aims and objectives," the statement said.

"The coach's job is to coach the squad and identify players he believes will improve the squad. As a board, we deal with all the negotiations and we have been successful in completing deals for Bothroyd and Dyer so far.

"We are aware of some issues that have been raised in the press by the coach, but we have discussed these with him internally and he has agreed to be more reserved in terms of what he discusses in the future.

"We are fully committed to strengthening our status as a Premier League club next season and in due course, build for the future.

"Now we are in the Premier League, we intend to stay here. We believe this club can achieve great things and we are looking forward to the Barclays Premier League season.

"We are very encouraged by the 10,000 plus season tickets we have sold to date and we look forward to welcoming our fans back to Loftus Road on the first day of the season against Bolton Wanderers on August 13th."

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