Marc Bircham leaves Queens Park Rangers coaching role as Matt Gardiner joins

Marc Bircham
Marc Bircham has served QPR as a player and coach

New Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren has appointed Matt Gardiner as assistant coach following the departure of Marc Bircham.

First-team coach Bircham, 40, returned in 2016 under Ian Holloway, having previously spent five years as a coach.

Bircham, who also played more than 150 games for the R's during five years as a player, moves on with McClaren keen to bring in his own backroom staff.

Gardiner, 44, has left his role as head of coaching at Kidderminster Harriers.

Gardiner, who spent two seasons with the National League North side, told the QPR website: "This is a fantastic opportunity for me and one I am really excited about.

"I like to coach and develop young players, so QPR seems the perfect fit for me when you look at their ethos and approach."

McClaren, who replaced Holloway, also recently appointed John Eustace - who worked with Gardiner at Kidderminster - as his assistant.

Bircham added; "Steve McClaren has come in and wants to bring his own people in, which is absolutely the right thing for a manager to do.

"I firmly believe we have left the club in a better position than we found it. I genuinely wish him and his staff well for the future."