Manisha Tailor breaks new ground with promotion at QPR

MANISHA TAILOR has been promoted to Assistant Head of Coaching at QPR, making her the first woman and first person of South Asian heritage to hold such a role in the English game.

The 40-year-old, who has been Lead Foundation Phase Coach at QPR for the last three years, will now assist Head of Coaching Chris Ramsey, who has been her mentor for the last five years.

“As a woman – and a South Asian woman in particular – I do think this is extraordinary and it wouldn’t have been possible without the mentoring and guidance I’ve received from Chris,” Tailor told TGG.

“He gave me the platform to show what I could become. This shows it is possible for people from diverse backgrounds to progress to jobs like these, but you need mentoring, guidance and opportunity.”

Tailor said her job would be to work with the Under-9s to U16s and “help disseminate and enforce” the Academy coaching philosophy laid down by Ramsey.

“Chris sets the programmes, oversees the coach education and is responsible for helping to get our very best Academy players into the first team,” she said. “I’ll be on the grass, with the coaches, reinforcing that.”

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