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McClaren delighted with backroom set-up

STEVE McClaren says he is “delighted” with his backroom set-up after making two appointments in the shape of John Eustace and Matt Gardiner, while also confirming Chris Ramsey will continue to operate between academy and first team level.

“I am delighted with my backroom team,” McClaren told www.qpr.co.uk.

“You are always looking for people to complement what you bring, as well as cover your weaknesses.

“I was looking for an on-field coach which John Eustace is, and an off-field coach to help with the organisational side, which is where Matt Gardiner’s expertise lies.

“Chris Ramsey will also be helping me. He is the head of coaching and has done a great job with the academy.

“Towards the end of last season he worked with the first team and I want him to continue operating between the academy and first-team level.”

McClaren has confirmed there will be no further additions to his backroom staff and says each member of his team will fulfil vital roles.

“John knows my philosophy, and he transferred that very quickly to Kidderminster,” he said of the former Harriers manager.

“We will do the same here at QPR. I won’t need to show him or teach him what needs doing in that respect because he already knows.

“I also wanted someone to come in who could organise everything behind the scenes and take charge of the logistics of the team.

“Matt worked closely with John over the past two years and was highly recommended by him.

“After interviewing him it quickly became apparent that he was perfect for the role I was looking to fill.

“He played and managed at non-league level so he understands the game, but he has also worked for big businesses heading up teams, so he has all the attributes I need for what is a very critical role.

“It is an innovate approach to bring someone in from that background but I am delighted because the logistics behind the running of a team can be a nightmare so it is important to have someone in who has that skill set and expertise, while also having a great understanding and experience within the game as well.”

McClaren also believes Ramsey’s link between the academy and first team will be crucial.

“When I first went into management at Middlesbrough I had Steve Round who worked with what was then the reserve team, as well as the first team. He would recommend players to us – young academy players, reserve players and so on.

“That development coach within a club who wants to develop players is so, so important and in Chris we have the perfect man for the role.

“He is so experienced in that field. We have seen that already with the youngsters he has brought through here, and at Tottenham previously.

“He understands my job, he understands QPR, he is such a hard worker and he’s going to be invaluable to us in providing us with information and helping us coaching on the field.”

He understands my job, he understands QPR, he is such a hard worker and he’s going to be invaluable.

Steve McClaren on Chris Ramsey
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