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Monday 26 November 2012

Queens Park Rangers name Harry Redknapp as new manager

Former Tottenham manager takes over from Mark Hughes for Barclays Premier League club

Harry Redknapp had managed Tottenham until June

Harry Redknapp has been named manager of Queens Park Rangers after the departure on Friday of Mark Hughes, the Barclays Premier League's bottom club have announced.

The former Tottenham Hotspur manager, who left the club in June, signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with QPR, who have not won a league game this season.

"I can't wait to kick-start our season"
Harry Redknapp

Hughes's assistants Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki were put in temporary charge of the team for Saturday's trip to face Manchester United and Redknapp will watch from the stands, the club said.

"I'm delighted to be back in the managerial hot-seat at QPR," Redknapp, 65, told the club website. "When I spoke to the shareholders and they told me about their plans I knew this was too good an opportunity to turn down.

"There's no doubt there's a lot of ability in the squad but for one reason or another things haven't gone as well as everyone expected since the start of the season. I can't wait to get to work and get the results necessary to kick-start our season."

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said Redknapp had been the club's top target for the job. "His man-management skills are second to none and we are confident he is the right man to lead us away from the bottom of the table," he told the club website. The club said Redknapp's back-room team would be announced later.

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Key Points

  • QPR name Harry Redknapp as their new manager
  • Redknapp replaces Mark Hughes who left the club on Friday
  • Former Spurs manager has signed a 2.5-year deal with QPR