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MARK HUGHES AXED BY QPR
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 ten months in charge.
Mark has shown integrity and professionalism throughout his time here, but ultimately the circumstances we find ourselves in have left the Board of Directors with very little choice but to make a change.
The Board will now be working actively to put a new managerial structure in place as soon as possible.
Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki will take charge of the R's trip to Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The club will be making a further announcement in due course. QPR .
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Martin Rowlands blasts QPR's under-achieving stars
MARTIN Rowlands has laid into QPR’s under-achieving stars for letting down boss Mark Hughes.
The Welshman is clinging on to his job at Loftus Road after last weekend’s 3-1 loss to fellow strugglers Southampton left them rooted to the table and without a win from their opening 12 games.
Rowlands, who played more than 200 times in nine years for Rs before leaving in January, has no doubt where the blame should lie.
He said: "The majority of the players have let the manager down big time. Some of them need to take a long hard look at themselves as they are not doing enough.
"The owner has invested a lot of cash in them, and they are on staggering wages for a club like QPR, but they are not doing the business.
"They have not made a mistake (keeping Hughes on). He has been a top manager everywhere he has been before, and I hope he can turn things around.
"He won’t shy away from a challenge, but there will be a point where the board will think how long can they leave it.
"However, the club needs stability right now. I have the utmost respect for Mark. Even though our paths only crossed for a few weeks at QPR, he treated me right, unlike the previous manager there."
Rowlands now plays for Leyton Orient in League One with another former QPR favourite, Lee Cook. Both are Rs fans and he admits it hurts to see them struggle. He believes the key to turning their fortunes around lies at Loftus Road.
Rowlands added: "QPR’s is always the first result me and Cooky look for after a game, and it’s not nice seeing them lose every week and propping up the table.
"Loftus Road was always a fortress for us, and they need to make it one again. The fans always gave the players a big lift and created some noise, but it must be difficult for them to get it going at the moment."
Sunday best: QPR poised to sack boss Hughes and bring in Redknapp
22 Nov 2012 22:32
The Premier League's winless bottom club are set to wait one more game rather than ask the new manager to start with Manchester United away
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Harry Redknapp has been lined up to return to management at Queens Park Rangers - but not until after their weekend trip to Manchester United.
Former Spurs boss Redknapp and his advisers have been sounded out by QPR to take charge once this weekend's game is out of the way.
It leaves Mark Hughes effectively a dead man walking into Old Trafford, where Rangers fear they are on a hiding to nothing.
QPR have finally decided to act after a desperate start to the Premier League campaign, which leaves a squad totally overhauled by the signing of 12 new players in the summer rock bottom and without a single league win.
Their hand was forced when the Ukraine FA made overtures to Redknapp this week, and even held negotiations with his agent, Paul Stretford, in Kiev.
Although Redknapp insisted he was "serious" about taking charge of Ukraine, the 65-year-old is desperate for a return to Premier League management after being axed by Tottenham in the summer.
It is believed that QPR are confident Redknapp will take charge as early as Sunday.
Rangers present the perfect way back for Redknapp as he can commute easily to west London each day from his home on the South Coast and will be allowed to try to revamp the squad in the January transfer window.
Hughes has spent this week in limbo as he has not been given a clear indication about his future, apart from believing he will be left in charge for the trip to Old Trafford.
Chairman Tony Fernandes has been fulsome in his support of Hughes and has even held off a split in the hierarchy as some factions felt they needed a change sooner.
But even Fernandes now realises that QPR will go down unless their fortunes improve quickly and dramatically.
There is even more money at stake for Premier League clubs next season because of a raft of new TV deals.
It means clubs simply cannot afford to go down in May.
QPR also have players on big contracts that would leave them in desperate trouble in the event of a drop back to the Championship - most do not have relegation clauses in their deals that would automatically slash their salaries in the Championship Mirror