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Tuesday, July 25, 2000
Francis: No place for Gallen and Kiwomya at QPR

Gerry Francis, the Queens Park Rangers manager, has run out of patience with contract rebels Kevin Gallen and Chris Kiwomya.

The pair, available for transfer this summer under the Bosman ruling, have refused to sign new contracts with the First Division club.

Gallen is discussing a move to Huddersfield and Kiwomya has been linked with Manchester City.

Francis has not involved either player in pre-season friendlies and said on Tuesday: 'No player is bigger than their club. If players don't want to play for QPR then I don't want them here anyway.

'They're good players but life will go on without them. When I was last here I lost Andy Sinton and Darren Peacock but went out and bought Trevor Sinclair. We might not be able to spend £3 million on players but there are plenty of good possibilities out there.'

Gallen said: 'I don't think I'll be a QPR player much longer. My agent is talking to Huddersfield and there are a couple of other clubs interested as well.'

Wimbledon manager Terry Burton has made former Republic of Ireland striker Jon Goodman the club's fitness coach.

Goodman, 29, joined the club from Millwall in 1994 and was part of the playing staff at Selhurst Park until the end of last season when he was forced to retire by a knee injury.

He is already working with the first team squad on a part-time basis and will take up permanent duties in January when he completes a sports science course.

Burton said: 'It was sad that Jon had to retire but it is great to still have him around. As soon as he has finished his studies he will be installed officially but he is already with us most of the time.'

Brentford coach Brian Sparrow has rejoined Crystal Palace after two years away from Selhurst Park.

Sparrow, who will become Palace's first team coach, had already coached under Palace manager Steve Coppell at youth and first team level.

He left the First Division club for Brentford when former Palace owner Ron Noades bought the west London club in 1998.

Sparrow, 38, said: 'I have been away from the club for a couple of years but have kept in touch with Steve and I'm looking forward to working with him again.'

Fulham Steve Finnan has turned his back on the chance to play in the Premiership because he likes new manager Jean Tigana so much.

The Republic of Ireland defender was on the verge of a £2m move to Leicester earlier this summer but the arrival of Tigana has persuaded him to stay at Craven Cottage.

Finnan, 24, said: 'I signed a new contract last season and I'm happy at Fulham. I've enjoyed pre-season and the lads are all in great shape at the moment.'

Former Fulham manager Kevin Keegan brought Finnan to Craven Cottage from Notts County for £600,000 in 1998. He made his Republic of Ireland debut against Greece in April.

Millwall midfielder Ricky Newman has joined Second Division rivals Reading on a Bosman free transfer.

The 29-year-old, Guildford-born Newman, who spent two months on loan at the Madejski Stadium last season, has agreed terms with Reading manager Alan Pardew, a former Crystal Palace team-mate.

Millwall joint-manager Alan McLeary said: 'Ricky knew the situation here.

'He wanted the opportunity to play first team football and he'll get that at Reading.

'They have fancied him all summer but they had to get rid of a few players before they could sign him.'

Millwall have taken Sporting Lisbon's Pedro Jordao, a 24-year-old striker, on trial and he will be given a run-out in Wednesday's friendly against Leyton Orient.


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