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DOWNES JOINS BACKROOM STAFF

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09:15 1st November 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Redknapp boosts coaching team with addition of boyhood R’s fan …

HARRY Redknapp has boosted his backroom team with the addition of highly-rated coach and lifelong QPR supporter Wally Downes.

The 52 year-old, who was most recently part of Sam Allardyce’s staff at West Ham United, has agreed a short-term deal at Loftus Road and is set to be in the Rangers dugout for the first time this weekend when Derby County travel to W12 in the Sky Bet Championship.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Downes revealed his delight at joining his boyhood club, commenting: “It’s a great time to be coming to the Rangers.

“We’ve made an excellent start to the season and are having a real go at trying to get back in the Premier League, which is what I’m sure all the fans, staff and players want.

“I was born only five minutes away from QPR. I was a fan growing up and was at Loftus Road most weeks, so it’s special for me to be here now. 

“Harry [Redknapp], Kevin [Bond] and Joe [Jordan] have worked tremendously well together for a long period of time. Hopefully I can come in, be a different pair of eyes and add something fresh on the training ground.

“We’re in a very good position and hopefully we can push on between now and the end of the season.”

Born and bred in Hammersmith, Downes has previously coached at Crystal Palace, Brentford, Reading, Southampton and, latterly, West Ham.

He was largely credited for helping the Royals win promotion to the top flight in 2006 with a record 106 points. In that Championship-winning season Reading, managed by Steve Coppell, conceded just 32 goals.

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