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Mark Warburton adds Neil Banfield to backroom team

MARK Warburton has confirmed his backroom team with the appointment of Neil Banfield as first-team coach, while John Eustace has been named assistant manager.

Banfield joins from Glasgow Rangers, where he had been working as a scout after being brought to Ibrox six months ago by ‘Gers boss Steven Gerrard.

Prior to that, Banfield spent more than 20 years at Arsenal. He joined the Gunners in 1997 as an academy coach and was promoted to the first-team staff in 2012 by Arsene Wenger. He left the Emirates last summer following Wenger’s exit.

Warburton told www.qpr.co.uk: “Neil is an outstanding coach.

“He has vital experience which is going to benefit everyone at the club, not just at first-team level but with the academy too.

“Chris Ramsey oversees the academy and he has a wealth of experience as well so to have two individuals with that knowledge and talent will be great for QPR.”

Eustace had been in charge of first-team affairs on a caretaker basis following Steve McClaren’s departure in April, and after confirming Eustace would become his assistant Warburton added: “I know John from my time at Watford.

“I know the qualities he had as a player on the pitch but also the qualities he had off the pitch and what he brought to the dressing room.

“There is no doubt about his qualities as a character and his desire for the game. He has a passion to learn and when you speak to John that comes across very clearly.

“He will be a very important member of the team.”

Further announcements will be made in due course.

Neil has vital experience which is going to benefit everyone at the club.

Mark Warburton