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Jim wants Walters and Norris at QPR

PUBLISHED: 14:39 04 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:55 06 July 2010

JIM Magilton starts works as the new QPR boss today and will look to make Jon Walters and David Norris his first two signings.

The former Ipswich Town manager, who was sacked after failing to take the Blues to the play-offs during his three years in charge, became the fifth manager appointed by co-owner and chairman Flavio Briatore.

JIM Magilton starts works as the new QPR boss today and will look to make Jon Walters and David Norris his first two signings.

The former Ipswich Town manager, who was sacked after failing to take the Blues to the play-offs during his three years in charge, became the fifth manager appointed by co-owner and chairman Flavio Briatore.

Magilton was handed a two-year contract at Loftus Road by Briatore and is expected to name his new assistant manager, understood to be John Gorman, this week.

He immediately pin-pointed the players he wants to bring in to improve on Rangers' 11th-placed finish from last season.

Magilton said: “There is a very strong group here and with one or two additions we can expect to be in a position to drastically improve upon last season."

“The board are highly ambitious, but they are very realistic at the same time. I have huge ambitions to achieve as a manager though, and our aim is to keep progressing, year after year."

Magilton signed Norris from Plymouth and Walters from Chester City and sources close to the Irishman claim he wants both with him at Loftus Road.

He is also keen to sign Paul McShane from Sunderland, after missing out on him when he was the Town boss when the defender chose West Brom instead of Ipswich.

Magilton will be expected to take the Hoops into the play-offs and succeed where John Gregory, Luigi De Canio, Iain Dowie and Paulo Sousa, have all failed since Briatore took over in October 2007.

Briatore has also appointed Mick Harford and Gareth Ainsworth, twice, as caretaker-managers and with fellow investors Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal at the club's disposal, Magilton will be expected to mount a swift challenge.

While QPR fans were expecting a bigger name appointment Briatore was impressd with Magilton during his four interviews.

The Italian said: “We had an incredibly high number of applicants, but Jim was the stand-out candidate for the role.

“We (the board) sat down with him on four separate occasions over the last month to discuss our goals and ambitions and he has really impressed with his knowledge, understanding and passion for football.

“He did a very good job at Ipswich Town, playing some fine, attacking football, and he has great ambition to achieve in this next chapter of his managerial career. We are all really looking forward to working with him.”

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