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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 June, 2004, 12:23 GMT 13:23 UK
QPR chief stands down
Big changes have been made at Loftus Road
Nick Blackburn has resigned as Queens Park Rangers chairman.

His future has been in doubt since the recent resignation of chief executive David Davies.

Blackburn was former Rangers owner Chris Wright's deputy before taking over as chairman when Wright quit the club in 2001.

Davies, Blackburn and company chairman Ross Jones are leaving as part of a shake-up at Loftus Road following disagreements at board level.

Blackburn told the club's website: "I will always be proud that I was chairman of the football club when it achieved promotion.

"And I particularly enjoyed my close personal and professional relationship with manager Ian Holloway."

Blackburn was effectively at the helm through all of the club's worst times and, while we don't doubt his professed commitment to QPR, we will not miss him
Justin Pieris
QPR supporters' trust

QPR director Bill Power will replace Blackburn, with fellow director Kevin McGrath appointed acting plc chairman.

Justin Pieris of the QPR supporters' trust, QPR 1st, welcomed news of Blackburn's departure.

Blackburn angered fans by considering a merger with Wimbledon and was also associated with the club's slide into administration.

Pieris said: "Nick Blackburn was our last link with the years of waste that followed QPR's relegation from the Premiership.

"As Chris Wright's deputy, he was effectively at the helm through all of the club's worst times and, while we don't doubt his professed commitment to QPR, we will not miss him.

"His attempt to broker the merger of Wimbledon FC and Rangers was probably the single act that cost him most trust amongst supporters.

"He never regained that trust, deservedly so."






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