GARY Penrice has returned to QPR as the club’s Recruitment Consultant.
Penrice spent four years at Loftus Road as a player between 1991 and 1995, and was part of Ian Holloway’s backroom team during his first stint as R’s boss.
In 2007, Penrice was named Chief Scout at Plymouth when Holloway joined the Pilgrims, and the pair also teamed up at Leicester City, with Penrice taking on the role of Head of Recruitment.
More recently, Penrice spent three years at Stoke City as their European Scout before following Tony Pulis to West Brom, where he was named Chief Scout.
Following his return to QPR, Penrice told www.qpr.co.uk: “This is an opportunity I am looking forward to at a club that is special to me.
“Moving forward, we will be looking to take on the best people we possibly can and hopefully that will ensure that any signings we do make are of the right standard for us.
“Recruitment is about bringing players in that fit the way you want to play, and players that match what you are looking for in terms of their character and standards.
“Planning and not making signings under pressure is the key to success – along with doing a lot of homework beforehand.
“Your planning between windows needs to be intense, and you’ve got to have a lot of balls in the air at the same time. You can’t rely on that one signing – it just doesn’t work.
“Recruitment is one of the factors which makes a good football club.”
R’s boss Ian Holloway added: “I am delighted to have Gary here, and I am delighted for the club.
“It shows me that we want to move in the right direction, because if you are going to do that you need your scouting network to be as ahead of the game as possible.
“A lot of clubs are playing catch-up as far as that’s concerned. In my opinion, we are not one of those because we’ve got someone on board who knows European football inside-out.
“He will help us get this club’s long-term future as good as it’s ever been, if not better. I know that’s a huge statement but that is my belief.
“Gary and I have worked together for a long time and he has never given me a wrong personality or a bad character. In recent years, I don’t think we have always had the right characters at QPR, so Gary’s arrival is a huge, huge step for the club.”