Fernandes - Rigg is vital
QPR chairman believes new technical director is an important acquisition
Last Updated: April 24, 2012 9:34pm
Tony Fernandez: Rigg will be vital
Tony Fernandes thinks the appointment of Mike Rigg is one of the most important of his time at Loftus Road.
Rangers' new technical director has joined the club from Manchester City, and will link up with manager Mark Hughes, who he worked alongside at Eastlands, Blackburn and the Walsh national side.
Rigg will be in charge of signing players at all levels, and Fernandes feels it will support his desire to bring through local young players.
"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," the chairman told the club's official website.
"He is, along with Mark (Hughes), the most important appointment I will make as chairman of QPR.
"We want players with QPR in their blood - To be a successful side we need to have a mix of players we have brought in, together with players who have come through the ranks.
"To be a successful side we need to have a mix of players we have brought in, together with players who have come through the ranks.
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"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."
Meanwhile, Joey Barton has hailed the performance of the side in beating Tottenham 1-0 last Saturday.
And the midfielder believes the win could prove vital in the Hoops' battle for survival.
He said: "We dug in, put in the hard yards and for the last quarter of an hour or so - when we were down to 10 men - worked tirelessly to get a massive three points.
"We've been magnificent at home recently and that's all credit to the lads. Not just the lads that played on Saturday, but all those in the camp because it takes real resolve and resilience to go and play the top sides."