Mark Warburton has been joined by former Rangers target John Eustace at QPR.
The midfielder was famously close to signing for Rangers while he tried to gain fitness in 2016 during Warburton’s time as boss, but a deal was never completed despite a lengthy spell training with the Ibrox club.
Warburton has taken the manager’s job at Queen’s Park Rangers following the departure of Steve McLaren. Eustace had been in charge as caretaker, and will now be assistant manager under Warburton.
QPR have been forced to let Alex Baptiste, Jake Bidwell, Jordan Cousins, Joel Lynch and Pawel Wszolek go on free transfers, but the new manager refuses to panic.
Warburton said: “I’ve had experience of clubs in a similar situation, at Brentford for example, where I’ve had to build, play young players, use the academy, and use your connections in the game, and hopefully introduce a style of play which the fans will enjoy,” he said.
“The club has had well-documented problems in recent seasons. The job of the board and the owners is to make sure the club is on a sound financial footing.
“I asked the right questions, I know exactly what we can and can’t do, what we have to do in terms of the season ahead and how we can build a squad. The clarity is there for me. Now we have to go and do a job.
“Our job is to be the best we can be. There will be 24 teams talking about being the fittest, the strongest, but it’s about action rather than words. We’ll take it one game at a time in what is a tough division.
“I’ve been here a matter of days but I understand the financial situation and we understand what we need to do as a club to give it that firm foundation.
“Some tough decisions have had to be made and will have to be made going forward. But it’s all for the good of the club, for the long-term health and welfare of QPR.”