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Thursday, January 14, 2010

And Another One Bites The Dust: QPR Axe Manager Paul Hart - After Five Games


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Skysports - Hart departs QPR
Former Pompey boss lasts just five games at Loftus Road
Last updated: 14th January 2010

Paul Hart has left Queens Park Rangers by mutual consent after just five games in charge at Loftus Road.

The former Portsmouth boss had been at the QPR helm less than a month after succeeding Jim Magilton, who himself had only been given the reins in the summer.

Hart becomes the sixth full-time manager to leave QPR, a figure that rises to nine if you include caretaker bosses, since Flavio Briatore took over the club in September 2007.

An FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United earlier in the week has proven to be Hart's final game in charge, with the experienced tactician lasting just five matches.

QPR are currently tenth in the Championship table, four points off the play-offs.

MIRROR/James Nursey - QPR sack Paul Hart - exclusive
Paul Hart was last night sacked as QPR boss after less than a month in charge.

MirrorFootball revealed yesterday Hart, 56, was battling to save his job after falling out with star midfielder Adel Taarabt .

And Championship Rangers now intend to put assistant Mick Harford in charge until the summer.

Hart was involved in negotiations with Rangers’ legal team last night trying to thrash out a settlement.

Former Portsmouth manager Hart only took charge on December 17 on a contract until the end of the season.

He got the post after Jim Magilton was axed following a dressing room bust-up with Akos Buzsaky.

But Hart’s position came under scrutiny after just one win in five games.

Players have complained to Rangers directors about his training sessions which are considered too unimaginative.

And fiery Moroccan midfielder Taarabt, on loan from Spurs, was Hart’s biggest critic after starting just twice under him.

Rangers’ latest defeat was an FA Cup third round replay exit at home to Sheffield United.

Now Harford is likely to be in charge for Rangers’ trip to Blackpool tomorrow.

Hart’s exit is the latest sacking at Loftus Road following their high-profile takeover by F1 tycoons and multi-millionaires Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore in August 2007.

Harford will now be the club’s NINTH different manager, including caretakers, to take charge under the new regime.

He was in temporary charge previously in October 2007 after John Gregory was given the boot.

Luigi De Canio eventually replaced him but neither he or successor Iain Dowie lasted long.

Throughout there have been plenty of suspicions that the autocratic Briatore has meddled in team selection.

Controversial Briatore, the former Renault team principal, has remained at Rangers despite rigging the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

And Rangers were catapulted into the spotlight again in December when Magilton allegedly head-butted Buzsaky after the club’s defeat at Watford.

That precipitated the exit of Magilton after the club’s squad testified against him in a show of player power before Hart was brought in.

But like most QPR managers his reign was always liable to be short-lived. Mirror

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