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  • Perry Suckling appointed QPR's Academy Manager
  • Director of Football Les Ferdinand delighted with appointment

QPR can confirm Perry Suckling has been named the club’s Academy Manager.

Suckling will report into Director of Football Les Ferdinand, and will oversee all aspects of the academy, ensuring coaching is of a suitably high standard across all age ranges, from Under 6s through to Under 21s.

Ferdinand admits he is delighted with the appointment of the former Tottenham academy goalkeeping coach, telling www.qpr.co.uk: “Perry has all the credentials we need. He’s diligent and will be one of the first people to arrive every morning and the last to leave.

“What is important, perhaps the most important part of what we’re trying to achieve at the club, is that we have a clear philosophy in place. We know what we want to do, how we want to do it, and we are recruiting people who understand and buy into our approach.

“If you don’t have that in place, you’ll end up having an under 12s coach doing things their way, perhaps an under 14s coach who does things differently, and so on. That can’t work because you’ll never have any cohesion across the age groups.

“I worked closely with Perry at Tottenham for many years, so I know what he is about. 


DELIGHTED: Les Ferdinand pleased with Perry Suckling's appointment as Academy Manager

“Alex Carroll (QPR’s Head of Academy Business and Operations) will take on a lot of the administrative duties of the role, enabling Perry to be able to spend time on the training pitches. There is no point in having a coach of the calibre of Perry, and then keeping him in the office.

“People might look at him and think he’s only capable of being a goalkeeper coach, but that’s not the case. I have seen Perry take outfield sessions, and I know he is the right man to help us implement our philosophy. He knows what we are looking to do here.

“The end aim of our philosophy is to develop players through our academy who go on to play in our first team. To have that, these players need to go through a certain level and standard of coaching. They need to be guided.

“We are bringing a structure in at QPR which we know works. Tottenham are benefitting from that this season, that work is coming to fruition with the academy lads who are now playing regularly for their first team.

“There is a way that works, and that’s what is being put in place at QPR.

“I’m excited by this appointment. I know where we are heading towards, and we need the right people in place to make sure it pays off. It’s a slow process but it’s important you piece the jig-saw together.”

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