Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Fernandes hails new Rangers recruit

Tony Fernandes

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has hailed the appointment of new technical director Mike Rigg as one of the most important since he took over at Loftus Road.

The 43-year-old has held a similar role at Manchester City since June 2008, but has opted to leave the position in order to link up with QPR and work once more with boss Mark Hughes, who he worked alongside at City, Blackburn and with the Welsh national team. His main role will be to oversee player acquisition at all ages.

Fernandes told the club's official website: "He is, along with Mark (Hughes), the most important appointment I will make as chairman of QPR. I said when I arrived that I wanted to focus on the youth set-up and I believe the appointment of Mike is very key."

He added: "We want players with QPR in their blood - I believe you can't have a proper club unless you have the right infrastructure in place, which starts at the youth levels. To be a successful side we need to have a mix of players we have brought in with players who have come through the ranks.

"That is why we all believe it is so critical that we produce players in the youth teams and in the reserve team that Mark can use in the future."

Rigg earlier revealed he wanted to be part of the project being undertaken by Hughes and Fernandes as they look to establish QPR in the Barclays Premier League.

"I am very pleased to be here," he said.

"When I sat down with the owners and Mark recently they sold the project at Queens Park Rangers to me - I see where they want to take the club and it is something I want to be a part of.

"I have worked with Mark in a number of different roles so I have a very good understanding of what he wants and what he needs. Player acquisition is a big part of football and it is where an enormous amount of investment is made. That's where we must get it right."

With Fernandes hiring key backroom staff and supplying his manager with funds he will be keen for the club to remain in the top flight with the Rs currently three points above the bottom three in 16th place.

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