Harry Redknapp has been lined up to take charge of Queens Park Rangers, following the sacking of Mark Hughes this afternoon. Despite being backed by the board recently, Hughes was given the boot after a winless start to the campaign.
Redknapp – who has been out of work since leaving Tottenham in the summer – is now the front runner to take over at Loftus Road, with some suggesting he could even be in the stands during their trip to Manchester United tomorrow.
Keeping the focus on Hughes for a moment, it is definitely not a sacking anyone was surprised about. The day before a game seems strange timing, but after securing just four points in the opening 12 games, something had to be done.
In a statement announcing the decision, QPR said: “The circumstances we find ourselves in have left the board of directors with very little choice but to make a change.
“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 10 months in charge.”
After the 3-1 reverse at home to fellow relegation rivals Southampton, it certainly seemed as though it was a matter of time before Hughes was given the boot and so it has proved.
Now the attention turns to his potential successor and, as mentioned, Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite. He can be backed at 1/100 to take the hot seat at Loftus Road, so it is a sure thing according to the bookmakers.
There are other contenders though, with Roberto Di Matteo – recently sacked by Chelsea – available at 14/1. You then have Sven Goran Eriksson available at 33/1, while there are even odds (66/1) on Neil Warnock making a sensational return to the club.
Everything is pointing to Redknapp though as the man tasked with getting Queens Park Rangers out of the mess they find themselves in at the bottom of the Premier League table.
First things first though – Manchester United away.