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QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink raids former club Burton Albion for coaching addition

Gavin Ward has been reunited with his old Brewers manager at Loftus Road

Man at the top: QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has raided his former club Burton for goalkeeping coach Gavin Ward.

The Hoops boss put together a winning team at the Pirelli Stadium and was keen to be reunited with Ward at Loftus Road.

Ward lists the likes of Bolton Wanderers, Stoke City, Cardiff City, Leicester City and Tranmere Rovers on his playing CV.

Hasselbaink told QPR’s official website: “I am very pleased. I know Gavin and he is going to bring a lot to the team, and the club.

“His enthusiasm and drive is very important, as well as his skill at being able to make goalkeepers better, from a younger age through to senior. He is a great addition to the family.”

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Putting his stamp on the Hoops: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Ward added: “I am so pleased that the manager has asked me to join him at QPR, and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work here. As soon as he asked me to come, it was a case of ‘Of course.’

“I have done my apprenticeship in coaching, if you like, starting out in non-league, with Shrewsbury, then Nottingham Forest, and at Burton.

“It has been a good learning curve along the way, and now I can’t wait to get started.”

It follows yesterday’s news of Chris Ramsey’s return to the R’s as the club’s new technical director.

The 53-year-old was sacked by the club in November and was replaced by Hasselbaink at the west London club.

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