Queen’s Park Rangers announcement that they have decided to terminate the contract of manager Mark Hughes comes as no surprise – the Hoops are currently the Premier League’s ‘basement team’ at the bottom of the table.
Whilst no replacement has officially been confirmed, former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is the bookmakers’ favourite to take the reigns at Loftus Road.
Hughes took over at the helm of QPR in January of this year, replacing Neil Warnock who had been at the club for two years.
The Welshman was fired after securing just four points from a possible 36 from 12 fixtures in the Premier League and, after they lost 3-1 to relegation candidates Southampton last weekend the board, lead by Tony Fernandes, felt that Hughes had to go.
The team must now travel to Old Trafford in less than 24 hours – their preparation no doubt disrupted, ahead of one of the toughest fixtures of their dismal season so far.
The club announced officially that Hughes had indeed been sacked, despite the support and backing of the QPR board of shareholders – re-assurances made by majority shareholder Tony Fernandes that Hughes was the man to take the club forward – the club released an official statement declaring:
"Queens Park Rangers Football Club has today terminated the contract of manager Mark Hughes with immediate effect.”
News media have watched on this week as the Board of Directors held a number of meetings to assess the club’s future and ambitions – a number of board members were invited to the club’s training ground this week at the Imperial Sports College.
The official statement made a point of thanking Hughes for his contribution to the club in his 10 months as manager.
“This decision has been taken after careful consideration by the Board of Directors, following numerous meetings over the last few days. The Board of Directors wish to thank Mark for his commitment, hard work and dedication in his 10 months in charge.”
It is also understood that Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwieck will handle the team’s affairs in their imminent fixture at Old Trafford and an announcement to confirm Hughes’ successor will be made following that game.
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