Dowie wants senior men in reserve
PUBLISHED: 13:05 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010
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By Ben Kosky MANAGER Iain Dowie wants his experienced players to fill a vital role by bringing through the youngsters in QPR s reserve side this season. Rangers included the likes of Patrick Agyemang, Adam Bolder and player-coach Gareth Ainsworth - as wel
By Ben Kosky
MANAGER Iain Dowie wants his experienced players to fill a vital role by bringing through the youngsters in QPR's reserve side this season.
Rangers included the likes of Patrick Agyemang, Adam Bolder and player-coach Gareth Ainsworth - as well as the returning Akos Buzsaky - in their opening reserve match against Charlton last week.
And Dowie has made it clear that he wants to retain that kind of mix throughout the season - a shift in thinking from previous boss Luigi de Canio, who regarded the reserve side purely as an extension of the youth team.
"I played centre-half in the reserves when I was here before and I switched to play there because I think vocally you can move people around better," Dowie explained.
"I think it's very important that the senior pros do play - not all the time - but for young kids to play alongside people like Adam Bolder is a magnificent experience and they learn a lot from players who can mould their game.
"That's a key element, making sure that players improve. We've got a very good group of senior pros here and when they do come into the reserves they do it properly.
"We've got a lot of young players in the first-team squad, lads like [Emmanuel] Ledesma, [Daniel] Parejo and [Samuel] Di Carmine. In the same way, they need to be around people who understand this league."
Dowie has earmarked some of his younger crop for loan spells at lower league or non-league clubs as and when opportunities arise, but is also keen to retain a strong reserve team under Ainsworth's guidance.
"The likes of Danny Maguire, Romone Rose and Joe Ostler could maybe do with a bit of match experience, but we don't want to leave ourselves light in the reserves - that's important too," the Rs boss added.