QPR have appointed Perry Suckling as their new head of academy as Les Ferdinand looks to find the right formula to youth development.
The former Tottenham goalkeeping coach is the third head of academy in the space of three seasons as QPR try and put in place the structure they want.
Mike Rigg was in charge during Mark Hughes' ill-fated reign and left in December 2012.
He was replaced by Richard Allen, formerly of Tottenham, but Rangers' academy is struggling to bring in first team regulars with Marcus Bean remaining the last academy graduate to make more than 50 appearances.
And Ferdinand believes that Suckling has all the credentials to succeed at Loftus Road.
The director of football said: “Perry has all the credentials we need. He’s diligent and will be one of the first people to arrive every morning and the last to leave.
“What is important, perhaps the most important part of what we’re trying to achieve at the club, is that we have a clear philosophy in place. We know what we want to do, how we want to do it, and we are recruiting people who understand and buy into our approach.
“If you don’t have that in place, you’ll end up having an under 12s coach doing things their way, perhaps an under 14s coach who does things differently, and so on. That can’t work because you’ll never have any cohesion across the age groups.
“I worked closely with Perry at Tottenham for many years, so I know what he is about."
Ferdinand freely admitted that QPR are looking to emulate Tottenham, who have seen their academy products shine in the Premier League after being given the chance by Tim Sherwood and, latterly, Mauricio Pochettino.
“We are bringing a structure in at QPR which we know works. Tottenham are benefitting from that this season, that work is coming to fruition with the academy lads who are now playing regularly for their first team.
“There is a way that works, and that’s what is being put in place at QPR.
“I’m excited by this appointment. I know where we are heading towards, and we need the right people in place to make sure it pays off. It’s a slow process but it’s important you piece the jig-saw together.”