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Why Selling Jamie Mackie Would Spell The End

JAMIE Mackie has been linked with the exit door - a move that would be the final nail in the QPR coffin.

A centre forward that rebuilt his career from the ashes after Milton Keynes Dons made his release an early item on their ill-wanted Football League agenda.

Hard work and graft hauled Mackie from non-league oblivion to Premier League mainstay, and his meteoric rise through the leagues and his rapid improvement at QPR has seen him become indispensible.

He is one of the last bastions of an era where QPR supporters could take great pride in, and feel affiliated with, their set of playing staff.

In the summer Mackie was linked with a move away from Loftus Road, fervently denied by chiefs in W12, with chairman Tony Fernandes tweeting in July: 'For all QPR fans we have no no no intention to sell him. He's a QPR man.'

Fast forward a few months, QPR have a new manager who himself has been quoted as wishing he had 11 Jamie Mackies. Harry Redknapp courted interest today by saying he had no firm bids for the front-man, despite reported interest from Fulham or Norwich City.

The reported 3m fee is pale in comparison to how he is valued by QPR supporters. 3m will mean very little against the backdrop of the losses made via the inevitable relegation that would ensue as a result of his sale.

It is not just his personality or the way he plays the game - which is highly commendable and deserving of a place alone - it is what his presence represents. A never-say-die, relentless desire for not just three points, but every tackle, every ball that trickles ominously towards the touchline, every last drop of action - that is what Mackie represents.

Selling Mackie now, would more of less condemn Rangers to relegation. Not only because of losing that infectious ethic, but the above symbolic nature of his departure would be rather waving the white flag while that fleeting opportunity still remains.

This in effect is a plea to all at Queens Park Rangers. Hopefully by now we have established that talent alone is not enough - we have a squad brimming with talented players that have not done what is necessary to haul us out of the mess.

Mackie represents more than a fiesty, plucky forward that has the adulation of the supporters. He is that flicker of hope that remains on the field - extinguish it and for me we embrace the Championship three months early.




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Writer: Boxer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 28 2013

Time: 6:31PM

Your Comments

Absolute rubbish. Mackie is the reason we are down the bottom. People like you saying this stuff is the problem. All he does is run straight, even with the ball. He is embarrassing. By far one of the worst players ever to play in the Premier League. Running around like a headless chicken does not make you a player. I seriously cannot believe this article and the sooner he goes the better. All my family and alot of friends watch QPR every game, and for so long he has been so bad we all just laugh, as he time and time again runs straight into defenders. You need to watch him properly.
danegz
I have just read this article again and I honesly cannot believe what I am reading. 3m and then go and buy Mo Farah for 2m because he is a better runner than Mackie. It doesn't matter at all about talent. Barca must be full of the best runners ever.
danegz
danegz, Of course, you are the font of all knowledge. No doubt you saw Mark Hughes as the mastermind who would lead QPR to the promised land of the Champions League! Grow up and learn something. Mackie does have his limitations. However, for all his faults, he, unlike the majority of Hughes' signings is a player who get his ass out of bed and is prepared to put a shift in of the football field. We all know that we need quality players, however, I would put honest players who make the effort ahead of any of Hughes/Joorabchian's show-ponies, on massive wages, every day of the week.
qpr4me
danegz - this was the mistake that was made in the summer. We thought we were 'tood good' for the likes of Derry, Hill, Mackie. But our little upturn in form has been predominantly down to organisation and grit as opposed to the so called 'classier players' who have let the club down. I am frankly dismayed that people can tear into the players that care most. If we all took your viewpoint dangez, it would truly be the the end.
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