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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Harford appoints new Assistant Manager.

Today Mick Harford and QPR welcomed a new member to the coaching staff as Tony Coton was named as the man that would be Rangers' number two behind Harford.


Coton is largely remembered for his time at Manchester City in the early 90's. He was bought by Howard Kendall for just under a million pounds and was the most expensive goalkeeper bought by a British club at that time. During his time at City he won the clubs Player of the Year award on two occasions and also won an England B cap in 1992.


Having moved to City's fierce rivals Manchester United in 1996 for £500,000 it was in 1997 that Coton moved on to become a goalkeeping coach and quickly established himself as one of the best in the business in that department. After 11 successful years at Old Trafford it was advised that Coton stepped down from his role due to on-going knee troubles which stopped his participation in training sessions.

Both Harford and Coton are no strangers to each other having played together in the early 80's at Birmingham City. The pair have reamined close friends which each other over the years and share similar views on the game.

Coton is quoted on the Official QPR website "Mick and I are very good friends. We have kept in touch over the years - we normally speak two or three times a week - and we have the same philosophies on how the game should be played.
He called me and said he needed a hand, and wanted someone he can trust who he gets on well with.
This was a big decision for me because I live up in Bolton with my family. But we go back a long way and I am delighted to be here to help."

I hope you join us all at Lofty Heights in welcoming Tony to Loftus Road and wish him an enjoyable stay at the club.

On a side note, it was announced yesterday that the R's home fixture against Plymouth that was scheduled for the 9th January has now been rearranged for Tuesday 9th March, kick off at 8pm.



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