With the appointment of former England manager Steve McClaren to the Queens Park Rangers hot seat as he replaced former gaffer Ian Holloway earlier this summer, McClaren acted quickly to appoint former Kidderminster Harriers manager John Eustace as his assistant gaffer.
Having been busy beavering away in the background on things at Loftus Road, McClaren has now confirmed his full backroom team ahead of the coming 2018/19 season.
✅ John Eustace
✅ Matt Gardiner
✅ Chris Ramsey
Steve McClaren's backroom set-up is complete at #QPR – much to his delight.
— QPR FC (@QPRFC) June 19, 2018
Eustace has obviously come in as number 2, Matt Gardiner takes up the coaching position, Gavin Ward is in place as goalkeeping coach and McClaren has confirmed that Chris Ramsey will continue to operate as a bridge between our Academy and first team setup.
Speaking to the Official Site as confirmation came through, McClaren explained.
“I am delighted with my backroom team. 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 confirmed that no further additions would be made to the staff and he has already identified key roles for each of the above to fulfil for him.
With his staff announced QPR fans seem to have taken a lift from it and they are expecting things to work well in the months ahead.
Excellent news 3 good keepers maintain their coaching relationship that’s a real bonus ????????????????????????
— Andy Revelle (@Loftloyal1882) June 19, 2018
We will 100% I feel a good season coming #QPR
— Gary Marsh ????⚪️????⚪️ (@superhoopsaQPR) June 19, 2018
What a huge difference, excepting the current setup and building a team behind the scenes to encompass that, a breath of fresh air!!!
— Alan Knight (@californiahoop) June 19, 2018
Once experienced coach, 2 young upcoming coaches and one the best in the country at integrating his own youth players into a 1st team environment.
Very happy with that. ????????
— Jeff (@JabHookNQPR) June 19, 2018
I'm pretty sure some numuts will kick off. Anyway, like you mate. I am VERY happy with that. Very happy that Ramsey is still here. I know NOTHING as I am an idiot; HOWEVER, people with ACTUAL coaching knowledge rate him (as do players).
— Mr Jones (@WhoIsJonesy) June 19, 2018
If they are given time by the board and supporters
— Ross Norville (@rosserthe) June 19, 2018
Good to hear, and a breath of fresh air. This seasons looking like it’s got some potential ????⚪️????⚪️
— Steve ???????????????????????????? (@sjthomas_) June 19, 2018
Good luck Steve for the new season
— Nick Hercock (@hercock_nick) June 19, 2018