'No need to spend big yet'

NEW assistant manager John Gorman insists QPR do not need to rush into the transfer market ahead of the new season. Rangers protracted appointment of a manager has left them playing catch-up...

NEW assistant manager John Gorman insists QPR do not need to rush into the transfer market ahead of the new season.

Rangers' protracted appointment of a manager has left them playing catch-up in the search for players.

New boss Jim Magilton and Gorman, who has been installed as his assistant, took the reins after most clubs have their summer signings in the bag - or at least close to it.

But Gorman said: "It is a disadvantage in one sense, although in another sense it can be an advantage.


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"Everyone rushes around at this time of year and I just look at the squad we have and think 'why panic?'

"Our first priority is to work with the players that are already here - and there are some really good players. Then, when the dust settles, perhaps we can have a better look at things and add one or two."

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The new management team are primarily focused on the return of Akos Buzsaky and Martin Rowlands from long-term injuries.

Both players were badly missed last season, along with Rowan Vine who returned from a broken leg towards the end of the campaign.

It is also hoped that striker Heidar Helguson, whose fitness was a concern last season, can now be nursed back to his best.

Former coach Paulo Sousa felt the return of key players would be more important for Rangers than the arrival of new ones, and Gorman clearly feels the same way.

"You've got quality players coming back from injury," said the Scot. "Things are going well for Rowlands and Buzsaky, plus you've got Heidar Helguson too.

"It's going to be like having new signings when those players are fully fit. It'll be a real boost for us.

"So we'll have a look at the players here and then, further down the line or if perhaps someone leaves, we'll see what we need."

Gorman, 59, brings a wealth of experience to Loftus Road.

Best known for being Glenn Hoddle's right-hand man when he was England manager in the late 1990s, Gorman has also worked as assistant boss at Tottenham under Hoddle.

He has had the top job plenty of times too, having managed Swindon, Northampton and Wycombe as well as having a spell as chief scout at Southampton.

And he is unperturbed by the previous troubles at Rangers, where Magilton is the seventh manager to occupy the Loftus Road hot-seat in just three-and-a-half years.

"Every club has its up and downs," said Gorman.

"The people who run this club have given me and Jim their full backing and I'm hopeful we'll do well and be here a long time.

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