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Sacked: Ex-Manchester United hero Mark Hughes axed as QPR boss ahead of Old Trafford trip

By Mancunian Matters staff

Former Manchester United hero Mark Hughes has been sacked after a season of poor performances with QPR, just 24 hours before he was due to return to Old Trafford.

The West London club’s owner Tony Fernandes had recently given his backing to Hughes, and even insisted that he would be in the hotseat for tomorrow’s visit to United.

But the Premier League’s bottom club have parted ways with the former Manchester City boss, as they continue their hunt for their first win of the season.

A club 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 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 Welshman took over from sacked Neil Warnock in January this year and famously kept them in the Premier League for a second season after their dramatic 3-2 loss to Manchester City on the campaign’s final day.

But following the club’s worst-ever start to a top-flight campaign Hughes was sacked as the club begin to implement a managerial restructuring programme.

“The Board will now be working actively to put a new managerial structure in place as soon as possible,” the statement continued.

“Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki will take charge of the R’s trip to Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

“The club will be making a further announcement in due course.”

Ex-Tottenham Hotspur Harry Redknapp is the favourite to be brought into Loftus Road.

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