MARC Bircham has been named as the Head Coach of QPR’s Elite Development Squad.
Bircham, formerly Youth Development Assistant Manager, will now oversee the Reserves and Under 21s under the guidance of Glyn Hodges.
“I am really pleased to take on this role,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “With the new EPPP system which has been brought in, it is an important part of the club’s development.
“Having been so heavily involved with the youth set-up I always keep a close eye on how the lads are progressing, so it is great for me to continue working with them.
“Mark Hughes and his coaching staff are renowned for their professionalism so it is brilliant to learn from them.
“Our job with the Under 21s is to mirror what the first team are doing in terms of the training regime and the fitness regime.
“It means that it won’t be a culture shock for any of the lads who are considered good enough to make the step up to the first team.
“That’s what the development group is all about – it’s a stepping stone towards the first team.”
As a QPR fan himself, Bircham understands better than most just how much it means to the R’s faithful to see a player come through the ranks.
“I think it’s like that at most football clubs,” added Bircham. “You always want to see local lads come through and that’s what we will be working hard to achieve.”