QPR lining up Penrice for chief scout role

QPR are looking to bring Gary Penrice back to the club as chief scout.

Penrice, who spent four years as a player at Loftus Road, currently scouts for West Brom and has had similar roles at a number of other clubs, including Everton and Wigan.

He was assistant manager for part of Ian Holloway’s first spell as Rangers boss and was previously his right-hand man at Bristol Rovers.

Penrice and Holloway have been friends since childhood, were team-mates at Rovers and QPR and also worked together at Plymouth.

Rangers director of football Les Ferdinand, who also played alongside Penrice, has been keen to install a chief scout as part of a planned behind-the-scenes overhaul.

Penrice, 52, played for Watford and spent a season at Aston Villa before being reunited with Holloway and Gerry Francis at QPR in 1991.

Francis, then Rangers boss and currently first-team coach at West Brom, had managed the pair at Bristol Rovers.

Penrice made 95 appearances for the R’s, scoring 21 goals, before returning to Watford in 1995.