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Neil Warnock says people poisoned QPR owner Tony Ferdnandes against him

Warnock blasts enemies for turning QPR chief Fernandes against him

Sure: Neil Warnock is sure people poisoned Tony Fernandes against him

Sure: Neil Warnock is sure people poisoned Tony Fernandes against him

Former QPR manager Neil Warnock has accused his enemies of 'slowly poisoning' club owner Tony Fernandes against him and bringing about his recent sacking.

Warnock lost his job at Loftus Road on January 8 after a poor run of form which left the Rs just a point off the Barclays Premier League bottom three.

But he believes a major factor in his dismissal was the influence of some of his critics inside and outside the club.

'Even the owner Tony, I know the influence he'll have had from certain people over the past few weeks,' the veteran manager told BBC Sport.

Boss: Ferdandes sacked Warnock in January

Boss: Ferdandes sacked Warnock in January

'It would have been difficult to resist because people get on the phone and tweet and it's almost like slowly poisoning somebody from outside the club and, no doubt, from within the club as well.

'It's a dangerous precedent. If you let players talk to the chairman but, you know, you can't stop tweeting.'

Warnock has also spoken about way QPR handled the sacking.

'I received a text saying the owners had been talking long into the night and Phil Beard, the new chief executive, asked if he could come and see me. So I told him to come to our house and I think when I saw him I felt sorry for him and said 'don't worry it's nothing to do with you, this'.

'I think you get used to a certain way of doing things but he [Fernandes] is so far away, all over the world. I'm not a communicator by tweet I'm afraid so I was always going to be the last to know.'

Bolton players must earn new contracts

Bolton stars forced to play for their futures as contract talks are blocked

Challenge: Coyle

Challenge: Coyle”s players will have to earn new deals

Owen Coyle has told his team to prove they are worth offering new contracts to – 11 Trotters stars” deals expire in the summer and the club will not offer them new terms unless they show their value during the remainder of the season.

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Free: will several players leave on free transfers in the summer

Bolton owner Eddie Davies does not want to hand out new contracts if the side cannot demonstrate their Premier League ability.

Coyle acknowledged his club are playing with fire, but was confident the method would benefit Bolton in the long-term.

He explained: “We recognise we are in a dangerous place just now. But if we do that and come through we’ll be well set up for a fantastic platform for the future of the club.”

London 2012: Shanaze Reid adding pounds for BMX

Big could be beautiful! Reade ready to eat her way to Olympic BMX glory

Going for gold: Shanaze Reade

Going for gold: Shanaze Reade

Shanaze Reade, the BMX rider who is one of Britain”s best bets for gold in next summer”s Olympics, is experimenting to see whether piling on the pounds may help her achieve success at London 2012.

The 23-year-old finds it easy putting on or losing weight and is looking to find her ideal weight for the London track.

The start hill is 8m high and Reade and her coach have been working with a nutritionist to see whether weighing an extra couple of pounds could prove decisive.

Reade said: “We already have sports scientists looking at how much the bike weighs but now we are looking athow much I should weigh too for this particular track.

“The Olympic start hill is eight metres high and we are seeing whether my weight should change.

“Ihave a nutritionist, and I can put on or lose weight quite easily, so we are trying strategies in training to see what will be optimum weight.

“Because of how high the start hill is, the weight coming down the hill could be crucial.”

Reade triumphed in the BMX SupercrossWorld Cup round in London in August, which doubled up as a test event for the Olympics, and she believed the design of the track will be an advantage for her.

She added: “All the top riders were there and I won it so it was perfect forme to see where I am at. A lot has been made about how big the track isand how big the jumps are, but I like big because I can open up.”

Leading light: Reade (front) has been in fine form ahead of the Olympics

Leading light: Reade (front) has been in fine form ahead of the Olympics

Oneperson who won”t be watching Reade compete next summer is her mum Joanna. BMX can be a dangerous sport – Reade herself crashed out of the Beijing Olympics in spectacular fashion – and she says her mother is more likely to be walking around the Olympic Park while the race is taking place.

Reade said: “I”ll get two tickets formy family but they don”t generally watch – they get a bit scared. My mum will probably just walk around listening to commentary – she just wants to know I am safe and well, she will not be too bothered about theresult.”

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Euro 2012: Polish special forces in training

Better safe than sorry! Polish special forces in spectacular show of strength ahead of Euros

Poland is investing heavily in security for next year”s European soccer championship despite downgrading the number of visitors it expects.

Commandos have been simulating a multiple hostage situation in case criminals target the world”s second largest football tournament, which is being co-hosted with Ukraine next June.

The government now expects some 800,000 football fans to visit their four host cities – Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan and Wroclaw.

Armed and dangerous: Troopers storm a train as Poland

Armed and dangerous: Troopers storm a train as Poland”s Elite Special Forces Unit prepare for Euro 2012 with a week-long dedicated training programme

“We got above 100 million zlotys (20m) from the state budget this year that we are spending entirely on Euro 2012 security,” Polish police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski said. “This money goes first and foremost for 600 new vans. Secondly, we are also buying helmets, epaulets, pads, shields, everything that a policeman is equipped with. Let”s just hope they won”t have to be used.”

The Polish police and special forces have also held a week-long training session to better coordinate their procedures.

Colonel Piotr Gastal, head of Poland”s top special forces unit GROM, said: “We are training for the things that our unit was set up to do, business as usual, but there are more preparations ahead of Euro 2012 as there is a need for more operators.

Hijack: The routines were to prepare against hostage situations on public transport

Hijack: The routines were to prepare against hostage situations on public transport

Hijack: The routines were to prepare against hostage situations on public transport

“The Polish police holds the main responsibility for security during Euro 2012, but in case of a multiple hostage situation our unit can enter as the police are not trained or equipped enough to handle that.”

Ready for anything: The machinery involved was formidable

Ready for anything: The machinery involved was formidable

GROM has rehearsed releasing 20 or more hostages from public transport and public buildings, such as hotels and train stations.

“We are not aware of any additional, specific risks in Poland, but the sole fact of organising such an event like the Euros may be a target and we have to be prepared for various situations,” Gastal added.

Poland scaled down the number of fans it expects to visit during Euro 2012 after last week”s finals draw meant more popular teams such as Germany and England will play in Ukraine.

“Still, I hope for some several hundred million zlotys of additional revenue from fans” spending during the games,” said Marcin Herra, head of the PL2012 company dedicated to coordinating the tournament.

Extreme lengths: Divers from the special unit also practised in the Baltic Sea

Extreme lengths: Divers from the special unit also practised in the Baltic Sea

Poland also pegged a large-scale building programme to Euro 2012 and is upgrading its antiquated road infrastructure for the tournament, largely thanks to European Union”s aid funds.

“These investments is worth above 96 billion zlotys (19.1m),” Mikolaj Piotrowski said. “This speeding up in infrastructure may add a premium of some 20 billion zlotys by 2020 to the Polish Gross Domestic Product, a premium we would not have if it wasn”t for the Euros.”