Ferdinand admits 'we're copying Spurs' as coach Suckling heads to QPR

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Perry Suckling is one of a number of staff who have switched to Loftus Road in recent times, something Les Ferdinand freely admits he hopes will help QPR.

Spurs coach Perry Suckling is the latest man to make the move across London to take on a roll at Queens Park Rangers.

Suckling, who was Tottenham's academy goalkeeping coach, is now in charge of the R's academy, with director of football Les Ferdinand, himself an arrival from White Hart Lane in the last year, saying on the club's website: "I worked closely with Perry at Tottenham for many years, so I know what he is about."

“We are bringing a structure in at QPR which we know works. Tottenham are benefitting from that this season, that work is coming to fruition with the academy lads who are now playing regularly for their first team."

Tottenham's academy staff has been much-changed in recent seasons, as various teams have sought to utilise the personnel that Spurs used to produce a succession of international footballers.

Steven Caulker, Andros Townsend, Ryan Mason, Jake Livermore, Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb and Massimo Luongo are just some of the footballers that have come through the North Londoner's academy to make their international debut, and no Premier League academy has produced as many new England caps as Spurs have in recent times.

Alex Inglethorpe has been recruited by Liverpool, Tim Sherwood was made Tottenham manager and assisted by the likes of Chris Ramsey and Ferdinand, with Ramsey now QPR boss and Sherwood impressing at Aston Villa. Add in the fact that Kevin Bond is the R's assistant manager and that Harry Redknapp, Glenn Hoddle and Joe Jordan have had roles at Loftus Road this season, and it's clear to see just how much the Hoops are looking to emulate the good success Spurs have had with their young players coming through.

Whether they'll be successful or not, only time will tell.

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