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Millwall violence at Wembley: three arrested in dawn raids

Millwall fans arrested in dawn raids after violence at Wembley FA Cup semi-final

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

06:36 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:13 GMT, 23 April 2013

Police have arrested three men in dawn raids in connection with violence at an FA Cup semi-final between Millwall and Wigan.

The men, aged 21, 22 and 27, were arrested at addresses in London by officers from Operation Arrowtip, which targets football-related crime, Scotland Yard said.

So far 23 people have been arrested in relation to violence at the semi-final at London's Wembley Stadium on April 13, during which Millwall fans attacked police and fought among themselves inside and outside the ground.

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Something to hide Police make an arrest during an early morning raid after violence at Wembley

Something to hide Police make an arrest during an early morning raid after violence at Wembley

Flashpoint: Police clash with fans during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

Flashpoint: Police clash with fans during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

A further 17 pictures have been released of people at the match who police want to speak to.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Barnes said: 'Large-scale violence and disorder at football matches is completely unacceptable. People attending matches expect to be able to do so in a safe and friendly environment.

'We have had an excellent response from the public, who have identified people in nine of the 10 images already released. Some have since handed themselves in to police, and to date, we have arrested 23 people. Three have been charged.

Dawn raids produce more arrests over FA Cup semi-final violence

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Wanted: These are the 17 football fans suspected of being involved in disorder at the FA Cup semi-final

Wanted: These are the 17 football fans suspected of being involved in disorder at the FA Cup semi-final

Wanted: These are the 17 football fans suspected of being involved in disorder at the FA Cup semi-final

Hunt: Police are still searching for more people in connection with the violence during the FA Cup semi-final

Hunt: Police are still searching for more people in connection with the violence during the FA Cup semi-final

Hunt: Police are still searching for more people in connection with the violence during the FA Cup semi final

'The investigation team is working through many more calls and CCTV to identify all those involved in the disorder. We expect to make further arrests.

'Our message is clear. Violence at football is unacceptable. If you were involved in the violence come forward and speak with us. We will pursue all those responsible.'

Anyone with information about the violence or who recognises the people in the pictures is urged to call police on 020 8246 0076 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Brian McDermott sacked by Reading – players informed by text message – Roberto Di Matteo emerges as favourite

Reading callously sack McDermott…and send the players a group text message to let them know with Di Matteo emerging as the firm favourite to replace him

By
Sami Mokbel and Sam Cunningham

PUBLISHED:

22:47 GMT, 11 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:57 GMT, 11 March 2013

Reading's shocked players learned boss Brian McDermott had been sacked yesterday when they all received a round-robin text message from the club.

A core group of senior players were said to be baffled and angered by the treatment of the manager who led them into the Premier League just 10 months ago, as last night former Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio emerged as an early contender to replace McDermott.

Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has emerged as the leading candidate for the vacant position with large stakes placed on the Italian returning to English football at the Madejski Stadium.

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Sacked: McDermott guided Reading to the npower Championship title last season

Sacked: McDermott guided Reading to the npower Championship title last season

The bottom six of the Premier League

The bottom six of the Premier League

Striker Jason Roberts said: ‘He’s a
football man and a good man and I just think at this moment in time we
take stock of what he has achieved and place on record our thanks.’

McDermott, 51, had been at the club
for nearly 13 years, first as Under 19 and reserve manager, then chief
scout before taking charge of the first team, and sent texts to friends
saying he was ‘devastated’ by the decision.

The Royals’ billionaire owner,
Russian Anton Zingarevich, took the decision after Saturday’s 2-1 home
defeat by Aston Villa, which left the club off the foot of the table on
goal difference.

Leading contender: Former Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio was spotted at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday and is the bookies favourite for the job

Leading contender: Former Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio was spotted at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday and is the bookies favourite for the job

Ruthless: Zingarevich (left) showed no quarter in sacking McDermott

Ruthless: Zingarevich (left) showed no quarter in sacking McDermott

The sacking was confirmed by a club
statement put out just minutes after the players all received the text —
which also ordered them not to speak to the media and said any comments
on Twitter should be pre-approved by club officials.

That didn’t stop Roberts talking,
while Noel Hunt tweeted: ‘Want to say thanks to Brian for everything he
did for me especially. He’s been a great manager, man and friend to me
and will be missed!’

Famous night: Shane Long scores for Reading against Liverpool at Anfield in 2010

Famous night: Shane Long scores for Reading against Liverpool at Anfield in 2010

Taking the applause: Shane Long salutes the Reading fans after the win

Taking the applause: Shane Long salutes the Reading fans after the win

Di Canio was installed as the
bookies’ favourite for the job after he was spotted at the Madejski
watching Saturday’s game (above) but Di Matteo could be offered the job tomorrow.

Former Russia boss Dick Advocaat,
currently in charge of PSV in Holland, is also believed to be on the
wishlist as Zingarevich aims to name a replacement before Saturday’s
trip to Manchester United.

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David Gill to step down at Manchester United

Ferguson pays tribute to the man he's had 'a million arguments' with as United chief exec Gill announces decision to step down

: October – Appointed vice chairman of the Football Association.
2013: February 20 – Announces he will step down as chief executive of United plc on 30 June 2013, but will remain a director of the football club.

Upon announcing his decision to stand down, he said: 'It
has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United for 16
wonderful years – the last 10 of which as its chief executive.

'I have worked alongside the finest
manager in the history of the game and been part of what I consider to
be the best club in the best sport in the world.

'It has been a very hard decision
because I love this club and, as the fans’ banner says, it is, ‘more
than a religion’. I’ve experienced some incredible highs, such as the
Treble in 1999 and the League and Champions League double in 2008, and
lows, like losing the title with the last kick of the season last year.

'But that is what makes this club and this sport so compelling.'

Gill,
who will remain a director at the club, was appointed vice chairman on
the Football Association in 2012 and has been nominated as its candidate
in the upcoming UEFA Executive Committee elections later this year.

He added: 'I am looking forward to
continuing my involvement on the club board. And I hope to be able to
make a contribution to the game on a wider national and European level.'

Warming up: A scarf seller sets up outside Old Trafford

Warming up: A scarf seller sets up outside Old Trafford

Looking on: Ferguson oversees United's 2-1 win over Reading on Monday evening

Looking on: Ferguson oversees United's 2-1 win over Reading on Monday evening

Jessica Ennis" coach Toni Minichiello slams UK Athletics for "lack of respect"

Ennis coach slams UK Athletics and claims 'lack of respect' forced him out the door

By
Martha Kelner

PUBLISHED:

20:18 GMT, 9 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:49 GMT, 9 February 2013

Jessica Ennis' coach, Toni Minichiello, has cut all ties with UK Athletics, claiming he felt ‘bullied’ and ‘not respected’ and alleging that chief executive Niels de Vos had not even congratulated him after Ennis won Olympic gold last summer.

Minichiello had been offered a consultancy role within UKA after his old job came to an end last month.

But Minichiello, who has coached Ennis since she was 12, has turned down the role after relations between him and De Vos and head coach Peter Eriksson soured.

Winning relationship: Toni Minichiello will continue to coach Jessica Ennis

Winning relationship: Toni Minichiello will continue to coach Jessica Ennis

Errikson said last month that Minichiello had been offered a new job and it was his decision to ‘take it or leave it’.

That jarred with Minichiello, who was at the European Indoor Championship Trials in Sheffield yesterday.

‘He said take it or leave it and I left it,’ he said. ‘It reflects what
their attitude and position is on what I’ve achieved in coaching.

‘What I’ve done with Jess, coaching her from such a young age, is
unique. You look at that statement and it shows a lack of respect. I
felt bullied and I’m sick and tired of that.’

No respect: Minichiello believes the terms he was offered from UK Athletics were disrespectful

No respect: Minichiello believes the terms he was offered from UK Athletics were disrespectful

Minichiello will continue to coach Ennis as she targets the World Championships and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Pay me or don’t pay me, I am still going to coach Jess,’ he said.

Swede Eriksson, who took over from Charles van Commenee as head coach,
said Minichiello’s offer was worth more than his previous job.

‘He had a better financial offer than when he was a full-time employee,’
he said. ‘We gave him a better offer to coach one athlete and he turned
it down. That’s his choice, if he doesn’t want the job, that’s fine.’

No respect: Minichiello believes the terms he was offered from UK Athletics were disrespectful

Minichiello disagreed with Eriksson’s interpretation, saying: ‘It was
actually a reduction in my overall salary compared with the financial
package I was getting before.’

But it was the lack of validation that really hurt Minichiello.

‘After the Olympics, I got floods of congratulations, but there were two
notable absentees — Niels and Ed Warner, the chairman,’ he added. ‘At
no point did they pat me on the back, it was pretty clear they didn’t
rate me even after that success.’

Golden girl: Minichiello fears that his time with Ennis could be limited if he has to look for other work

Golden girl: Minichiello fears that his time with Ennis could be limited if he has to look for other work

A UKA statement said: ‘We made Toni a good offer to continue working
with us, but he has decided he would prefer to coach independently.

We have no issue with that and absolutely respect his decision. His
track record with Jessica is superb and if he feels his decision is the
best way to maintain success, then we respect that.

‘We’ll continue to support Jess and Toni 100 per cent with all training, medical and support services.’

Priority: Head of UKA Niels de Vos confirmed they would still be working very closely with Ennis

Priority: Head of UKA Niels de Vos confirmed they would still be working very closely with Ennis

Nottingham Forest have sacked Frank Clark, Mark Arthur and Keith Burt

Ruthless Forest owners wield axe with long-serving Clark shown exit alongside Arthur and Burt

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

19:45 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:23 GMT, 17 January 2013

Nottingham Forest have sacked chief executive Mark Arthur, director of recruitment Keith Burt and club ambassador Frank Clark from their roles at the club.

Clark featured in Forest's 1979 European Cup-winning side during his four years as a player, and then returned to manage at the City Ground in 1993.

In 2011 he was appointed chairman of the club, and he has described the decision to get rid of him as 'a real shock.'

Frank Clark (right) had spent many years involved with Nottingham Forest

Shocked: Frank Clark (right) had spent many years involved with Nottingham Forest

Burt ends a seven-year association with the Championship outfit, having played a key role in Sean O'Driscoll's extensive summer recruitment drive.

O'Driscoll was dismissed as manager following Forest's 4-2 Boxing Day victory over Leeds, making way for Alex McLeish.

When contacted to confirm reports of his exit, Clark said: 'Yes that's true, yes. I don't want to say any more about it, for obvious reasons, but that is true.

'It's a shock, it's certainly a shock. Right out of the blue – a real shock.'

Forest have had a big clear-out since sacking Sean O'Driscoll

Wholesale changes: Forest have had a big clear-out since sacking Sean O'Driscoll

Rio Ferdinand reveals that a "United Boys" gang turned up at his house ordering him to sign a new contract

Revealed: How Rio Ferdinand was confronted by 'United boys' gang at his home ordering him to sign new deal

By
Andy Hampson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

16:40 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:54 GMT, 2 January 2013

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed he was confronted by a gang of hooded fans during his contract talks with the club eight years ago.

The group calling themselves the 'United boys' turned up outside the player's house to demand that he signed a new deal.

Ferdinand's future had been the subject of speculation at the time after he had been photographed with then Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon in a restaurant, but that had been a chance encounter.

As well as winning five league titles Ferdinand has had an up and down career

The good times: As well as winning five league titles Ferdinand has had an up and down career

Ferdinand was asked to come to the door but could not see anyone on his security monitors.

The 34-year-old told Four Four Two magazine: 'So I go to the side door and grab a big bit of wood, jump on the side of the wall and I'm just about to scream “raaaah!” when I see there's a massive group of people, with hoodies and caps covering their faces.

'I just thought, 'I'm going to get served up in a moment, so go bananas and they'll think you're a nutter!'

'Then one of them said, “We're the United boys, f***ing sign your contract,” and I was like, “What you talking about I've only just started negotiating two months ago, what you worrying about”

Ferdinand again found the headlines at the Etihad after taking a coin to the head

Unsavoury: Ferdinand again found the headlines at the Etihad after taking a coin to the head

Explaining the background, he added: 'Basically I went to see my agent for half an hour and Kenyon was with him.

'Someone's taken a picture and made out like we're having a bloody meal together. So I'm saying to these guys, “If I'm going to do a deal with another club, do you think I'd be doing it in broad daylight”

'One of the neighbours had called the police by then and they got off when they heard the sirens.'

Ferdinand, in a question and answer section with fans, also spoke of the lowest point of his career, when he was banned for eight months after failing to attend a drugs test in 2003.

Ferdinand has always had a 'hardman' demeanor on the pitch

Not one to mess with: Ferdinand has always had a 'hardman' demeanor on the pitch

He said: 'If that sort of thing can't make you more responsible then I don't know what can.

'People assume I must have had something to hide but I did all the tests that were asked in the end and the judge said I had proved beyond any doubt I had nothing in my system – those tests trace stuff from months back.

'So I never had any doubt in my mind, it was just irresponsible of me not to go to the test at the time and I got punished severely for it.

'Eight months of my career just gone, just like that. It was easily the lowest point of my career, especially as I knew people were trying to tarnish my name by saying I was into drugs.

'That's the most disappointing thing for me, that people assumed I was involved in drugs or had something to hide.'

Theo Walcott believes Arsenal contract "will be sorted"

Walcott says Arsenal contract 'will be sorted' and he's shown Wenger his striking potential

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UPDATED:

23:09 GMT, 29 December 2012

Theo Walcott turned up the pressure on Arsenal in his ongoing contract negotiations with a stunning hat-trick in an extraordinary win over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.

Walcott, whose representatives are due to meet Arsenal’s chief negotiator, Dick Law, in the coming days, took his goal tally for the season to 14 in a frenzied second half which saw eight goals scored.

The 23-year-old England forward continues to thrive in the central striker’s role he covets and has made a major part of his contract negotiations.

Sign him up: Arsene Wenger is hoping Theo Walcott will commit his future to Arsenal

Sign him up: Arsene Wenger is hoping Theo Walcott will commit his future to Arsenal

Walcott said: ‘Talks are ongoing and I
am sure something will be sorted. I’ve been saying that I want to play
up front and I am showing the manager what I can do. I believe I will be
a striker and it’s about taking the opportunity when I get it.

‘I enjoy playing in whatever position but it was just telling the manager to give me the opportunities to play up front.

‘I’m not saying I’m always going to
play there but it’s just showing what I can do. Hopefully, I’ve opened a
few eyes and it’s provided a different option.’

With just six months left on his
current deal and Walcott free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a
foreign club on New Year’s Day, Arsenal will be expected to fix a firm
date for talks and to increase the 75,000-a-week offer that is on the
table.

Walcott departed the Emirates Stadium
yesterday with the match-ball held above his head and the crowd chanting
‘Sign him up’. After his side moved into fifth place in the Barclays
Premier League, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reiterated his desire to
keep the in-form forward at the club.

‘I think he loves the club and the club love him and reciprocity in love is the most difficult thing to find,’ said Wenger.

‘The intensity of my desire is exactly
the same as before the game. My desire is to extend the contract and I
think that he belongs here and, hopefully, we can do it.

‘Commitment to a club is a long-term
process. I don’t think it should depend on one game. If he had a
disastrous game today, it would not have altered my determination to
extend his contract and to sign him. That does not depend on one game.’

The most positive sign is that Wenger
has now trusted Walcott in the central striking role, something the
London-born player was keen to establish before he confirmed his
continued commitment to the club.

Walcott has benefitted from
practising alongside Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who is currently
training with Arsenal and is expected to sign a short-term loan deal
from the New York Red Bulls next month.

Walcott said: ‘I’ve learned a lot
from Thierry and just to have him around in training is great. You
learn from the best. He showed great qualities on loan here last season
so, hopefully, that can be sorted out.’

It must be love: The Arsenal manager was impressed with Walcott's performance against Newcastle

It must be love: The Arsenal manager was impressed with Walcott's performance against Newcastle

It was Arsenal's fourth consecutive Barclays Premier League win, which lifts them up to fifth, and midfielder Jack Wilshere insists they have not been stung by recent criticism.

'We just get on with it. We know we've got great players here and we showed it today,' he said.

'Theo was great and okay we conceded three and we're not happy about that and we'll look at that but to score seven in any game in the Premier League is a great achievement.'

Wenger was also quick to hail Newcastle's resilience, although he lamented his side's slow start.

'It was not as comfortable as the score indicated,' he added. 'We played against a good team. They were always a threat going forwards, they gave us many problems.

'I believe we started a bit nervous, not completely relaxed, and at half-time 1-1 was a fair result.

'Second half we were on the ball higher up and were much more dangerous but they always came back.'

Options: Wenger also likes to pick Olivier Giroud (right) through the middle

Options: Wenger also likes to pick Olivier Giroud (right) through the middle

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admitted his side had no energy left in the final 20 minutes of the game.

Despite scoring three goals apiece away at Manchester United on Boxing Day and today at the Emirates Stadium, Pardew's side have come away empty-handed on both occasions.

And the former West Ham and Charlton boss is aware some of his side's defending has been unacceptable.

'The last 15-20 minutes was a fresh team against a tired team and perhaps a bit of inexperience on our bench resulted in the scoreline,' he said.

'We're just so disappointed that we didn't get something out of it before then.

'The goals we conceded before then were not, not good and that's been our problem.

'For 70 minutes it was pretty tight, I thought we were giving a good account of ourselves but their freshness and the brightness towards the end of the game was just too much for us and we couldn't cope.

'The game really hurt us today but we know at the back we need to do better.'

Alex McLeish set to beat Roy Keane to Nottingham Forest job

McLeish emerges as the favourite to take Forest job ahead of old boy Keane

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UPDATED:

12:32 GMT, 27 December 2012

Alex McLeish has emerged as a serious contender for the vacant Nottingham Forest post after bookmakers slashed his odds this morning.

The former Aston Villa boss was a rank outsider with Roy Keane leading the running for the post which was surprisingly left open following Sean O'Driscoll's shock departure.

McLeish has been out of work for eight months after losing his job at Villa Park. However, with Blackburn Rovers also looking for a manger, the Scot is also likely to be interested in a position at Ewood Park.

Wanted: McLeish has been out of a job since he was sacked as manager of Aston Villa on the final day of last season

Wanted: McLeish has been out of a job since he was sacked as manager of Aston Villa on the final day of last season

The ex-Villa and Birmingham City chief retains a base in the Midlands and would have little trouble stepping into the role after Forest's owners, the Al-Hasawis, took the decision to axe O'Driscoll and his odds have tumbled this morning.

Out of the running: Roy Keane attended Forest's 4-2 victory over Leeds yesterday

Out of the running: Roy Keane attended Forest's 4-2 victory over Leeds yesterday

The Kuwaitis have confirmed that they have a meeting with a manager of Premier League experience today and that points towards McLeish being the man most likely at present to succeed O'Driscoll.

However Keane, who was in the crowd to watch Forest defeat Leeds 4-2 yesterday, is aso out-of-work following his sacking by Ipswich Town and remains among the favourites with the bookmakers for the role.

QPR in talks to sign Nicolas Anelka

QPR eye move for Anelka: Redknapp confirms relegation threatened club are in talks with former Chelsea striker

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UPDATED:

13:47 GMT, 21 December 2012

Harry Redknapp has revealed QPR are in talks to sign former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka in January.

The Frenchman wants to terminate his contract with Shanghai Shenhua after he scored just three goals in 22 matches and was replaced as player-coach of the Chinese side.

Redknapp admitted QPR are interested in Anelka, 33, but insisted Rangers would not pay over the odds for his services – despite being five points from safety with just one win in the Premier League this season.

Comeback Nicolas Anelka could be set for a return to the Premier League with QPR

Comeback Nicolas Anelka could be set for a return to the Premier League with QPR

The QPR boss also joked that if Barcelona were interested in Adel Taraabt they would have to offer Leo Messi in a swap deal.

Redknapp said: 'Barcelona want him, do they Maybe we’ll have a straight swap with Messi. We’ll do a deal. We don’t want to sell him. No-one’s made an offer for him. He plays here.

More seriously, he added: ‘Nicolas Anelka is a player who’s of interest to anybody. He’ s finishing in China so he’s available.

'It’s what you can afford and whether you think he can do the job you want. He’ s a top player so he’s a player we would be interested in, but whether we can afford it.

Looking to add: Harry Redknapp is expected to be busy in the transfer window

Looking to add: Harry Redknapp is expected to be busy in the transfer window

'I think the chairman (Tony Fernandes) knows Nicolas’ people. He’s got a few details on what it would be but it depends, just how expensive the whole package comes to. If it’s within reason he certainly could improve your team.

'Whoever we bring in here as got to be the right type. We can’t afford to load up again, with people who aren’t the right type. I’ve spoken to the chairman and Philip (Beard, the chief executive), but finding people is not easy.

'People think they can screw you into the ground because you’re desperate, because you’re going to get relegated, but we’re not going to fall into that trap. They’ll ask 6million when the player’s worth 3m.’

Redknapp confirmed technical director Mike Rigg and Mark Hughes’ assistants Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki have left the club and said bringing in Ian Broomfield, whom he worked with at Tottenham, as chief scout was 'a possibility'. The QPR boss also wants former Rangers striker Les Ferdinand to join Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond in his backroom staff, as revealed by Sportsmail earlier this month.

Redknapp said: ‘We’ve got one or two good scouts here but you need your own people around you; people you know and can talk to all the time. At least you can bounce ideas off them, and that’s important.

Up and running: Adel Taarabt helped QPR to their first win of the season against Fulham at the weekend

Up and running: Adel Taarabt helped QPR to their first win of the season against Fulham at the weekend

'Last week was make or break. If we had got beat (by Fulham) last week it would have been double desperate. We’re desperate as it is.

'We need to improve the squad in Jan, we need to get a couple in that can help us make the difference. If we can’t find them we’ll stick with what we’ve got, if people are going to take liberties with us, screw us , if we’re desperate. And if we can do that, we’ve still got a chance.’

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar and defender Jose Bosingwa have both suffered minor back injuries that will rule them out of tomorrow’s trip to Newcastle United, although Redknapp expects both players to be fit for QPR’s home match against West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day.

Harry Redknapp plans QPR shake-up as Mike Rigg leaves

Redknapp hopes to add Ferdinand to backroom staff as Rigg leaves QPR

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UPDATED:

10:44 GMT, 21 December 2012

Harry Redknapp is stepping-up a shake-up of his backroom team after technical director Mike Rigg was on the brink of leaving the club yesterday.

Rigg arrived at Queens Park Rangers shortly after Mark Hughes' appointment as manager in January, but he is set to be the latest member of the sacked Welshman's staff to depart Loftus Road.

Shake up: QPR boss Harry Redknapp is planning to change his back-room staff

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is planning to change his back-room staff

And Redknapp, who replaced Hughes in November, will now look to install trusted aide Ian Broomfield as his new chief scout.

The 65-year-old is also closing in on former QPR striker Les Ferdinand, who he wants to join his coaching team.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed Redknapp's interest in both Ferdinand and Broomfield.

Redknapp (right) with trusted assisstant Kevin Bond, is looking to add les Ferdinand and Ian Broomfield to his staff

Redknapp (right) with trusted assisstant Kevin Bond, who has been with Redknapp at several clubs, is looking to add ex-QPR striker Les Ferdinand and Ian Broomfield to his staff