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12:45 21st August 2012

by @OfficialQPR

Stuart Webber, Hans Gillhaus and Steve Hitchen join QPR ...

QUEENS Park Rangers Football Club is delighted to announce the appointments of Chief Scouts Stuart Webber, Hans Gillhaus and Steve Hitchen.

Having previously worked with Wrexham, Webber joined Liverpool’s academy in 2009 as a Senior National Scout before progressing to become their Director of Recruitment in 2011 where he remained until taking up his post with QPR.

Webber, who will be based in England, told “The attraction for me was the opportunity to work at first team level. 

“Mike Rigg contacted me and I respect him greatly for the work he has done previously at Manchester City as well as what he is doing at QPR.

“When he unveiled the club’s plans, this was a no-brainer. It’s a great club and everyone seems to be pulling in the same direction so it was a very easy decision.

“We are going to be a tight-knit group and will be looking to recruit players from all over. We will be looking at players right across the board from the top-end all the way through.”

Gillhaus spent more than five years with PSV Eindhoven before joining Chelsea where he remained for six years as a senior scout. 

Last year Gillhaus, who represented Holland during his playing days and is based in his homeland, was Sporting Director at Belgian side S.V. Zulte Waregem.

“This is perfect because there is something we can do here that is really possible,” he said. “I am here because of the ambition that is being shown by QPR.”

Hitchen, who will be based in France, has been with Liverpool for the past two years after enjoying five years at Tottenham.

Now he is looking forward to his new role with QPR. 

“Mike Rigg played a big part in my decision to come here,” said Hitchen. “I know how he works. He has got great focus and knows exactly where the club should be going.

“When he first called I must confess a little bit of football snobbery kicked in. I wasn’t sure it was the right move but when he explained the direction of the scouting system here, it really appealed.”

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