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Former Pirates Coach Joins English Side

Former Orlando Pirates Goalkeeper Coach Andrew Sparkes has joined English Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

Sparkes, 39, worked at the Buccaneers in 2018/19 as part of Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s coaching staff before joining Southampton in the Premier League.

He left Southampton in the beginning of 2023/24 and worked as assistant at Reading before joining QPR on a short-term deal in January.

The UEFA A Licence holder re-joined QPR as Head of Goalkeeping and will lead on the development and monitoring of the club’s goalkeepers and goalkeeper coaching staff across the first team, development squad, youth team and Women’s team.

“I’m delighted to join QPR on a full-time basis as Head of Goalkeeping,” he told the club.

“I really enjoyed my time at the club during the last part of the ’23/24 season and it was great to play a part in the team’s turnaround to have a positive finish to the campaign.”

Speaking about his new position, Sparkes said: “It’s a really exciting role for me, working across the whole club to ensure alignment from the Academy into the first team, working with all the goalkeepers and goalkeeper coaches to create a pathway for our talented goalkeepers to thrive within the football club.”

QPR CEO Christian Nourry added: “The creation of this role is an important step in achieving methodological alignment across our goalkeeping department, for both the women’s and men’s teams.

“I am delighted that Andrew will continue to work with us going forward. He is a highly-respected professional in this area who wants to further hone his ideas to ensure that we become hyper-productive in the goalkeeping part of the football club.”

Sparkes started his coaching career at Swansea in Wales, before joining Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls on a six-year spell.

Image credit: QPR, Andrew Sparkes

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