Mark Hughes has been sacked as manager of Queens Park Rangers, the BBC and the club have confirmed.
The axe came down on the Welshman this morning with QPR finding themselves bottom of the Premier League going into this weekend’s game at Old Trafford against Manchester United and with no wins to their name this campaign. That disastrous start was QPR’s worst ever in England’s top flight, going 12 games without a solitary victory.
QPR released the following statement just moments after the sacking was confirmed:
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.
QPR owner Tony Fernandes had publicly backed his manager earlier this month but in the end, Hughes has gone, leaving the club manager-less just 24 hours before their next game. Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki will take temporary charge for the match tomorrow. QPR have said a further announcement will be made in due course.
The smartest money will be on Harry Redknapp taking the reigns permanently at the London club given his famed attraction to working in the south and the potential appeal of the club’s finances, as well as his revival of the seemingly doomed Portsmouth some years back. He wouldn’t come cheap, and he can potentially hold the club to ransom on a contract offer considering their predicament, but he might well be the best man for the job. He can certainly get the best out of players, and with QPR’s talent in no way living up to their billing at the moment, Tony Fernandes might agree that the former Spurs man is his best bet.
Then of course there is Roberto Di Matteo, sacked after guiding previous club Chelsea to Champions League victory last season despite a worrying lack of striking power. He didn’t exactly pull any trees up at West Brom, and that might be of concern, but his ability to get the best out of Chelsea last year showed he can work with limited resources on the pitch to squeeze out tactical victories.
Elsewhere there’s the likes of Alan Curbishley and Sven Goran-Eriksson, who seem to be linked with every available job ever – but neither comes with an untarnished reputation and QPR might need miracles this season.