- QPR appoint Paul Crichton as new goalkeeping coach
- Former Blackpool coach replaces Kevin Hitchcock
PAUL Crichton has been appointed QPR’s new Goalkeeping Coach.
The 46 year-old moves to Loftus Road having held a similar position at Blackpool last season, and replaces Kevin Hitchcock, who left the club at the end of his contract earlier this summer.
Head Coach, Chris Ramsey, is delighted with the arrival of the former Brighton & Hove Albion, Norwich City, Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town coach.
He told www.qpr.co.uk: “Paul has been with us the last few weeks and he’s really impressed everyone.
“His experience in such a role will stand him in good stead for the job here and we’re delighted he’s joined us.
“I’m sure Rob (Green), Joe (Lumley) and the other young keepers we’ve got here will benefit hugely from his coaching methods and techniques.”
Crichton enjoyed a nomadic career as a player, featuring for more than 20 clubs between 1986 and 2011, but now he’s ready for a new chapter in his coaching career at QPR.
He told www.qpr.co.uk: “I've really enjoyed the short time I've been here, so I'm delighted to accept the role on a full-time basis.
“This is a great football club, with great staff.
“I know Rob (Green) well from my playing days – we had three years at Norwich together – and working with him and the younger keepers is something I’m really looking forward to.”
He added: “I learnt a lot through my playing career and the experiences I've gained have made me the coach I am today.
“Hopefully I can enjoy a successful time here – I'd be delighted if I was here for a very long time as part of this management team.”
QPR Director of Football, Les Ferdinand, added: “This is a key appointment for us following Kevin’s departure last month.
“We’ve taken our time to get the right man in and we’re delighted Paul has agreed to join us.
“He brings a wealth of experience to the role and I’m sure he will flourish working as part of our backroom team at QPR.”
See also ...