In my Youth Report for last Season, I pointed out the problems that Joe Gallen had had in getting his U18 team to be CHAMPIONS. In it I said, “This highlights what a good Manager and Coach he is.” On 28th June, he was called to a meeting and then ‘Laid Off’. Well, at least Joe has one thing in common with Fabio Capello (ex – Real Madrid), they both finished as Champions and lost their jobs !!!
Joe came to us in the 1998 – 99 Season and winning the League last Season, he had been successful at most levels. Next Season would have been his tenth at the Club but as usual at Youth level, a lot of very hard work goes unnoticed. I have personally known Joe as a friend for most of his nine or so years at QPR as have many other fans who follow the Youth teams on Saturday and Sunday mornings. When asked, he always gave honest opinions of players to parents and fans alike and in a polite way. He never ever knocked QPR as a Club, even when Kevin was struggling a little. If the Youth Team were finding it tough in a game, he was still positive with his Coaching. The players respected him and listened.
When asked about his own position when changes were being made last Season with Gregory, Hill and Dunbar coming in and with two or three leaving, Joe was never quite sure but got on with his job and ended up winning the League ! Wasn’t it GREAT to see Joe and the boys on the pitch with the Trophy before the Stoke home game. Because Joe was unsure about his own future last Season, I personally was not surprised that he has gone. What does surprise me is the atrocious timing of his departure. We are just back in training for fucks sake ! Why wait so long to sort it out ?
I wish Joe Gallen the very best of luck for the future. He is a sad loss to QPR FC, another Club is going to get a very good Coach. I wish Steve Brown all the best but he’s got a tough act to follow. Anything less than top will be a failure !!!
Good luck Joe