English Championship side Queens Park Rangers who have Nigeria’s Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun in their team has appointed Neil Critchley as the new manager of the club.
Former team manager Michael Beale who was responsible for the acquisition of Nigeria International left the club last month to take over as the coach of the Scottish club Glasgow Rangers.
A highly-respected coach, Critchley demonstrated an early love of the tactical side of the game following retirement as a player at the age of 24, becoming academy director with boyhood club Crewe in 2007 before joining Liverpool’s set-up in 2013.
His success at Anfield at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-23 levels led to his first foray into management.
The 44-year-old is now looking forward to life in W12.
“I am very excited and can’t wait to get started,” Critchley said.
“It is a huge honour for me and I would like to thank the owners, Les Ferdinand and Lee Hoos for entrusting me to lead the club.
“I would also like to thank Paul Hall and his staff for the hard work they have put in during the interim period.
“Now I am looking forward to getting to work with the players and staff.
I already know some of the players from working with them previously and I am aware of a number of them, having followed their careers from afar.
“There have been some good foundations laid here and now it is my job to work as hard as I can to build on that.
“We want to move the club forward and ensure we are competing at the top end of the Championship table”, he said.