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NEIL WARNOCK RETURNS IN FIRST TEAM ADVISORY ROLE

  • Neil Warnock joins QPR Head Coach Chris Ramsey's backroom staff
  • Former QPR manager Warnock returns to Loftus Road in advisory role
  • 66-year-old starts part-time role on Sunday

FORMER QPR manager Neil Warnock has returned to the club in a First Team advisory role.


Chris Ramsey has added the 66 year-old to his staff in a part-time position, which will see him offer advice and expertise to the First Team coaching set-up, working under the guidance of Director of Football, Les Ferdinand.


Ramsey said: “Neil has a passion for this club and for football in general, and he's got too much to offer for us to waste an opportunity to tap into his knowledge.


“Adding someone to the backroom team has been on my mind for some time and I know Neil well, having spoken to him at length during his time at Crystal Palace when we were in talks about me going to join him as part of his staff.


“To get him in at this stage of the season, when the games come thick and fast, is perfect timing for us and a fantastic opportunity for us to take advantage of his unparalleled Championship experience.”


Ferdinand told www.qpr.co.uk Warnock’s presence will not compromise Ramsey’s position, and is confident the pair will dovetail effectively, with their principles of the game very much aligned.


“Chris has the final say on team selection, as he has done since the moment he took the job,” said Ferdinand, “he is a very astute person and he’s not above listening to anyone – it was his idea to speak to Neil in the first place.


“They both share identical philosophies about the game and the way it should be played. I remember Neil’s side that got promoted in 2010/11 played with an almost identical formation as the one Chris is utilising at the moment, so I’m sure they’ll be bouncing ideas off each other for the betterment of the team.”


Warnock, who oversaw 84 fixtures in all competitions in his time in charge of the R’s between March 2010 and January 2012 and guided QPR to promotion in 2010/11, expressed his delight at returning to Loftus Road, commenting: “It’s an honour to be back here as part of Chris’s managerial team and at this stage of my career, it’s a perfect role for me to come into.


“Full-time management doesn’t interest me anymore, but if I can help Chris and QPR by acting as a sounding board, then that’s great.


“I’ve often been quoted as saying there’s a gap in the structure of a football club for someone to come in to be a sounding board and offer advice and I’m delighted Chris has shown his faith in me in this role.”


He added: “I’m really looking forward to working with him, he is someone I’ve always admired as a coach.


“When I look at the solid start to the season QPR have made, coupled with the squad we’ve got at our disposal, I think there’s a real opportunity to climb the table and push on.”


Warnock will officially start his new role tomorrow (Sunday).


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