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Thursday 17 April 2014

QPR set to begin Redknapp talks

QPR are set to hold talks with Harry Redknapp

QPR and Harry Redknapp are to begin talks "shortly" about the vacant manager's position at Loftus Road.

A spokesman for Paul Stretford's Triple S Sports and Entertainment company said: "Contact has been made between QPR and us as Harry Redknapp's representatives.

"Talks will be beginning shortly."

Mark Hughes was sacked on Friday by the London club, who have not won a Premier League game all season. Redknapp's name has long been linked with the managerial position at Loftus Road as Hughes continued to fail to get the best out of his big-name players at the club.

But it is understood no contact was made until after Hughes was sacked. As well as being unable to guide QPR to a league win this season Hughes had struggled to pick up results since replacing Neil Warnock as manager back in January.

Rangers won only eight games in all competitions under the Welshman and it was reported Hughes rejected the chance to resign from his position in a meeting at the club's training ground on Monday. QPR owner Tony Fernandes consistently came out on Twitter to back Hughes but the 3-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Southampton last weekend appears to have been the final straw for the board, which released a statement on Friday morning confirming the end of Hughes' tenure.

The statement read: " Queens Park Rangers Football Club has today (Friday) terminated the contract of manager Mark Hughes with immediate effect. This decision has been taken after careful consideration by the Board of Directors, following numerous meetings over the last few days."

The sacking comes just 24 hours before QPR travel to face Manchester United at Old Trafford and the board seem to have acted quickly in contacting former Tottenham boss Redknapp to replace Hughes.

It is understood representatives of Redknapp had held talks with the Football Federation of Ukraine but it now appears Fernandes has acted quickly to tempt his first-choice to Loftus Road. When asked by the BBC whether he will be a guest of the club at QPR on Saturday, Redknapp said only: "We will have to wait and see."

QPR chief executive Philip Beard was giving little away tonight as he left Loftus Road. Asked by Sky Sports News if Redknapp would be the man to succeed Hughes, he said: "It's too early to say. But we're going to work hard to make the right decision for QPR and the fans."

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