Harry Redknapp appointed QPR manager after club sacks Mark Hughes

Harry Redknapp is the new
Queens Park Rangers
manager after the club
finally decided to sack Mark
Rangers fired Hughes after
they failed to win any of
their 12 Premier League
games this season, putting
their place in the top flight
at severe risk.
The club go to Manchester
United tomorrow sitting four
points adrift of
Southampton at the bottom
of the table and the board
insisted they had no choice
but to terminate his
A club statement said: “This
decision has been taken
after careful consideration,
following numerous
meetings over the last few
days. Mark has shown
integrity and
professionalism throughout
his time here, but ultimately
the circumstances we find
ourselves in have left the
board with very little choice
but to make a change.”
The Evening Standard
revealed at the start of
October that QPR were
prepared to give Hughes
two months to turn the
team’s form around.
But the club’s woeful 3-1
home defeat to relegation
rivals Southampton last
Saturday sparked talks
among board members that
they had to act sooner.
There was also concern
they could miss out on
Redknapp, whose
representatives have been
in Ukraine this week
speaking about the
possibility of managing the
national team, and they
quickly made their move in
the past 48 hours
Redknapp always preferred
to stay in England and QPR
fans have made it clear
they want him at Loftus
The 65-year-old has a
good record of turning
struggling clubs around,
including Spurs, where he
helped them recover from
earning just two points
from their first eight games
in 2008-09, to a top-10
Redknapp was sacked by
Tottenham in the summer
and will surely look forward
to facing his former club at
Loftus Road on January 14
It is believed that former
striker Les Ferdinand, who
is on the coaching staff at
Spurs, could be persuaded
to cross London to be part
of a new set-up.
Mark Bowen and Eddie
Niedzwiecki will take charge
of the team for the trip to
Old Trafford but Redknapp
is expected to watch that
game from the stands
before officially taking over
on Sunday.
Chairman Tony Fernandes
will give him money to
spend in the January
transfer window but has
already gone on record to
say there is only enough
funding for a two or three
additions as he believes
the squad is strong enough
to stay up.
Rangers, who have one of
the biggest squads in the
top flight, are also
expected to raise some
funds by selling some
One of Redknapp’s
priorities will be to heal a
growing divide in the
squad, with some of the
players who won promotion
under Neil Warnock
frustrated by the effort put
in by some of the new
arrivals in the summer.
Rangers are desperate to
maintain their top-flight
status, as they have a high
wage bill after making 12
signings in the summer.
There is also the danger of
missing out on the finances
the new TV deal will bring
next year. After facing
United the club have games
against fellow strugglers,
starting with Sunderland on
Tuesday before facing
Aston Villa and Wigan.
Hughes was sacked just 10
months into a two-and-a-
half year contract and will
receive hefty
compensation, given that
he is on £3 million a year.
The damage to his
reputation is sizeable,
having quit Fulham after
just one season last year
in the hope of getting a
bigger job elsewhere.
He replaced Warnock at
QPR in January but
managed just six League
wins from a possible 30 and
may face a long wait to get
another top-flight job.


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