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Friday 23 November 2012

Queens Park Rangers part company with Hughes

Manager's contract is terminated after winless start to Barclays Premier League campaign

Mark Hughes joined Queens Park Rangers as manager in January this year

Queens Park Rangers have terminated the contract of manager Mark Hughes with immediate effect.

Assistant manager Mark Bowen and first team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki will take charge for Saturday’s trip to Manchester United.

A statement on QPR's official website read: "This decision has been taken after careful consideration by the Board of Directors, following numerous meetings over the last few days.

"The Board will now be working actively to put a new managerial structure in place as soon as possible"
QPR statement

"The Board of Directors wish to thank Mark for his commitment, hard work and dedication in his 10 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."

Hughes was appointed QPR manager in January, succeeding Neil Warnock, and guided them to safety after a nail-biting relegation battle at the end of the 2011/12 season.

He recruited heavily in the summer, bringing in the likes of Park Ji-Sung, Julio Cesar, Esteban Granero, Andrew Johnson and Fabio da Silva, but the team has struggled for form this term, losing eight and drawing four of their opening 12 matches.

Saturday's defeat at home to fellow strugglers Southampton left them four points adrift at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table.

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Key Points

  • QPR part company with manager Mark Hughes
  • Rangers are searching for their first win of the season
  • Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki to take of team for trip to Manchester United