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QPR 0 Liverpool 3 – Match report

QPR 0 Liverpool 3: Suarez's double leaves Redknapp and Rangers rooted to the bottom of the table

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UPDATED:

21:41 GMT, 30 December 2012

When Daniel Agger scored Liverpool’s third, one fan stood up, ripped off his QPR-branded hat and coat, hurled them down towards the pitch from the top tier of the South Africa Road Stand and, with a theatrical flourish, flounced off.

There was an hour to play but Harry Redknapp could be forgiven if he felt the same way as he fumed on the touchline.

It was Brendan Rodgers who had called in sick, struck down eight hours before kick-off by a virus tearing through the Liverpool camp but it is Redknapp who will wake feeling groggy this morning and QPR who are staring down the pan.

Lift off: Luis Suarez fired Liverpool into the lead in the first half

Lift off: Luis Suarez fired Liverpool into the lead in the first half

Match facts:

QPR: Julio Cesar, Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Traore, Mackie, Diakite (Granero 63), Mbia, Wright-Phillips (Da Silva 80), Taarabt, Cisse (Derry 46).

Subs Not Used: Green, Ferdinand, Hoilett, Faurlin.

Booked: Mbia, Da Silva.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique (Fernandez Saez 71), Allen (Carragher 87), Henderson (Lucas 64), Downing, Gerrard, Sterling, Suarez.

Subs Not Used: Gulacsi, Assaidi, Coates, Shelvey.

Booked: Lucas.

Goals: Suarez 10, 16,Agger 28.

Attendance: 18,304

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Agger’s goal, preceded by two from the
outstanding Luis Suarez, has left them anchored to the foot of the
Barclays Premier League, eight points from safety.

The six-point ‘bounce’ they enjoyed by
sacking Mark Hughes last month has been followed by three defeats. This
display was branded ‘woeful’ by owner Tony Fernandes within minutes of
the final whistle. The forecast is bleak.

Only three times in 20 years of the
Premier League have a team survived after being bottom at the turn of
the year. January brings Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City,
starting at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, and the manager demanded fight
from a squad he fears is fat with overpaid and disinterested players.

‘I still think we’ll stay up,’ said
Redknapp. ‘You’ll think I’m mad but I think we will. I only want
positive players around me. I said that in the dressing room after the
match. Those who are moping around, the subs who are not playing,
they’re not playing because they’re no good. If they were any good, I’d
be picking them.

‘I don’t need miserable faces. I don’t
need them around me. I need people who are upbeat. The next two games,
Chelsea away and Tottenham at home, two of the best teams in the
country. Difficult games but we’ve got to keep going and I still think
we’ll do it.’

Back of the net: Suarez beats Julio Cesar to score for Liverpool

Back of the net: Suarez beats Julio Cesar to score for Liverpool

Not if the first half-hour yesterday
is anything to go by, they won’t. Torn to shreds by a team in mid-table
with unimpressive away form and coaches who did not dare enter the
dressing room for fear of spreading the bug which had wiped out Rodgers,
fitness coach Glen Driscoll and reserve goalkeeper Brad Jones.

Rodgers picked the team, planned the
tactics and returned to Merseyside. His assistant Colin Pascoe was also
poorly and advised by medical staff to keep away from the players, even
though he felt well enough to be on the touchline.

‘The medical team and doctors tried to
isolate the players and staff,’ said Pascoe. ‘Hopefully they’ll have
nipped it in the bud but, unfortunately, Brendan woke up and felt
unwell. He might have watched it but he was that bad I’m sure he was in
bed.’ If he was watching, his spirits will have been lifted by Suarez,
who almost struck in the third minute, skipping past Clint Hill with
ease but foiled by Julio Cesar, preferred in goal to Robert Green.

Free scoring: Suarez celebrates scoring his second

Free scoring: Suarez celebrates scoring his second

Rangers captain Hill had spoken ahead
of the game about the attitude of some of the big-money signings made
since the club were promoted but he may regret sticking his head above
the parapet on the day Suarez came to Loftus Road.

The Uruguayan opened the scoring in
the 10th minute. He wriggled clear of Hill, turned and ran, dropped a
shoulder and darted inside. He was simply too quick for the centre half
and applied a calm finish with his right foot.

Five minutes later, he made it 2-0. He
beat Hill in the air and took the return pass from Stewart Downing,
dribbled in from the right and aimed a low cross towards Raheem
Sterling. It was smothered by Nedum Onuoha but spilled out to Suarez,
who whipped it past Cesar from a tight angle.

In March, Rangers came back from two
down to beat Liverpool and launch their survival push but a repeat was
not likely. Liverpool, inspired, poured forward. The home team were in
disarray, happy to cling on until half-time.

Head boy: Daniel Agger makes it 3-0 with a header before the break

Head boy: Daniel Agger makes it 3-0 with a header before the break

Joy and despair: The Liverpool players celebrate Agger's goal as the QPR players look dejected

Joy and despair: The Liverpool players celebrate Agger's goal as the QPR players look dejected

‘Did you think we were going to win
4-3’ asked Redknapp. ‘No, nor did I. You have to be realistic in
football. Do you want to get beat 8-0 or damage limitation So I changed
how we played and shut up shop. Maybe I should’ve done that from the
start.’

Redknapp sent on Shaun Derry and
switched to three central defenders. Here is the crux of the problem,
simplified: the quality players at Rangers don’t have the guts and the
gutsy ones are a fraction short of the quality needed.

Getting there first: Glen Johnson tackles Armand Traore

Getting there first: Glen Johnson tackles Armand Traore

At times it was cringeworthy, such as
when Adel Taarabt tried to pull a corner towards Shaun Wright- Phillips
on the edge of the penalty area. Somehow, Wright-Phillips allowed it to
squeeze between his legs and the visitors set off on a dangerous
counter-attack.

Liverpool eased the pressure and
coasted through the second half, although they could have scored more.
Cesar had to produce a flying save to deny Suarez a hat-trick.

Up for the fight: Adel Taarabt has his shot blocked by Joe Allen

Up for the fight: Adel Taarabt has his shot blocked by Joe Allen

‘Saying it was easy would be very
disrespectful to QPR, they are having a tough time at the moment,’ said
Steven Gerrard. ‘It was probably the best we played this season, in the
first half.’

The win eased Liverpool up to ninth and the only problem, apart from the virus, was a hamstring injury to Jose Enrique.

QPR dream of problems like that.

Tough task: Harry Redknapp has seen QPR lose their last three games

Tough task: Harry Redknapp has seen QPR lose their last three games

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.

QPR owner Tony Fernandes: Mark Hughes sacked because Harry Redknapp became available

QPR owner Fernandes says fear of missing out on Harry forced him to sack Hughes

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UPDATED:

15:11 GMT, 18 December 2012

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes admits he would probably have given Mark Hughes more time had he not feared losing out on Harry Redknapp.

The Welshman was sacked last month after the west Londoners failed to win any of their opening 12 league matches, with a 3-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Southampton proving the final straw.

Redknapp was quickly installed as Hughes' successor, with the Hoops boss revealing he had been just hours away from taking control of the Ukraine national team.

Sacked: Hughes failed to win any of his first 12 league games with QPR this season

Sacked: Hughes failed to win any of his first 12 league games with QPR this season

The interest in Redknapp appears to have forced Fernandes' hand, with the QPR chairman revealing he was not prepared to risk losing out on the former Tottenham boss.

'Harry is a special manager,' he told the club's official website, www.qpr.co.uk.

'If he wasn't available, I would probably have persevered with Mark, but Harry is a fantastic manager.

'I've known him for years going back to when he was at West Ham. Harry being available swung it for us.'

Motivator: Redknapp has got the best out of Adel Taarabt since taking charge at Loftus Road

Motivator: Redknapp has got the best out of Adel Taarabt since taking charge at Loftus Road

Motivator: Redknapp has got the best out of Adel Taarabt since taking charge at Loftus Road

He added: 'We're all in this together. No shirking. Let's see what Harry and the boys do.

'It's up to the 11 guys on the pitch to make it happen for us now.

Belief: QPR owner Tony Fernandes is confident that the club are moving in the right direction

Belief: QPR owner Tony Fernandes is confident that the club are moving in the right direction

'If we can pick up a couple more wins before the new year, we're back to where we were this time last season.

'Coming off a win and three draws, there's a bit of renewed confidence about the place now.'

QPR are unbeaten in four matches since Redknapp's arrival and picked up their first league win of the season against Fulham on Saturday.

The R's are still only five points adrift of safety though, and remain in danger of going down.

There had been suggestions that relegation to the Championship could see Fernandes leave Loftus Road – something he has been quick to deny.

'Come what may, in May, we'll still be here,' he said. 'I'm firmly committed to the club. I'm not someone who's going to run away from things, there are still a lot of good things happening.

'The training ground is well on track and the stadium plans are progressing. We're hopeful of getting category two status in the Academy.

'There's no change to our off-the-field strategy. There are lots of good things going on.'

Tough test: QPR must aim keep up their good run against out-of-form Newcastle

Tough test: QPR must aim keep up their good run against out-of-form Newcastle

He added: 'We inherited a club that needed a hell of a lot of work and we'll continue to progress with our short, medium and long term goals.

REDKNAPP'S RESULTS
Sunderland 0-0 QPR – 27 NovQPR 1-1 Aston Villa – 1 DecWigan 2-2 QPR – 8 DecQPR 2-1 Fulham – 15 Dec

'I'm a strong character who has been through a hell of a lot in life.

'The aviation business isn't for those with a weak heart.

'But I've got to say, the run of results – before Harry came in – really affected me.

'It's been really tough.

'I'm the leader and it's a great shame that after so much honest effort, we are where we are in the table.'

Harry Redknapp chasing Nicolas Anelka and Joe Cole

Redknapp to meet QPR owner Fernandes over January transfer targets Anelka and Cole

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 17 December 2012

Harry Redknapp will meet Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes this week to discuss the club's transfer window plans.

Redknapp will have 10million to spend in January but is expected to rely largely on loan deals.

Liverpool's Joe Cole and former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka are targets.

Target man: Joe Cole could be offered an escape route from Liverpool by QPR

Target man: Joe Cole could be offered an escape route from Liverpool by QPR

Anelka is also being targeted by east Londoners West Ham.

Cole has struggled to force his way back into the Liverpool team since he returned from a season-long loan at French side Lille.

The 31-year-old made 32 appearances for the Ligue 1 club and scored four goals.

Should Cole choose to link up with Redknapp it would not be for the first time. The former England international played under Redknapp during his time at West Ham.

The midfielder scored his first goal of the season against the Hammers last week, but doesn't appear to be in Brendan Rodgers' plans.

Meanwhile, QPR are preparing an official approach for Tottenham coach Les Ferdinand.

They are also keen on adding Clive Allen to their set-up.

Striking options: Nicolas Anelka (right) is also being tracked by Harry Redknapp

Striking options: Nicolas Anelka (right) is also being tracked by Harry Redknapp

Glorious: Adel Taraabt scored a remarkable goal against Fulham on Saturday

Glorious: Adel Taraabt scored a remarkable goal against Fulham on Saturday

Tony Fernandes has said QPR"s first win of the season is like the "best Christmas present ever"

'The best Christmas present ever' Fernandes delights at QPR's first win of the season

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UPDATED:

18:18 GMT, 15 December 2012

Chairman Tony Fernandes tonight hailed QPR ending their winless league run at the 17th attempt as 'the best Christmas present ever'.

Adel Taarabt's brace proved the difference for Harry Redknapp's side as they saw off west London neighbours Fulham 2-1 at Loftus Road.

Fernandes was in Shepherd's Bush to witness the victory firsthand and could not hide his delight at the final whistle.

Delighted: QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has said today's win over Fulham was 'the best Christmas present ever'

Delighted: QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has said today's win over Fulham was 'the best Christmas present ever'

'I am very relieved man,' he said. 'That is the best Christmas present ever.

'That is all I wanted for Christmas – three points. It was a great performance, it was awesome. I think Fulham only had one shot and they scored that goal.

Inspired: QPR's victory was inspired by Adel Taarabt who scored both goals in the 2-1 win

Inspired: QPR's victory was inspired by Adel Taarabt (right) who scored both goals in the 2-1 win

'It was a great team effort, they deserved it.

'We've been threatening for a while and what a way to get the winning goal.

'Adel was awesome, the defence played well and everyone put their heart into it.

'It is looking good and we're undefeated under Harry. I feel like I have won the championship.'

Tony Fernandes describes Queens Park Rangers" start to season as disaster

Fernandes slams QPR's start as 'nothing short of disaster' after record 16-game winless streak

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UPDATED:

21:12 GMT, 11 December 2012

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has slammed his club's start to the Barclays Premier League season, describing the campaign so far as 'nothing short of a disaster'.

The Malaysian entrepreneur took to Twitter after watching the club go a record 16 games without victory with their 2-2 draw at Wigan on Saturday.

Despite replacing Mark Hughes with former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp last month after Rangers' dismal start, Fernandes said he 'won't leave any stone unturned' in his bid to save his club from the drop.

Disaster: QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has slated his club's start to the campaign

Disaster: QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has slated his club's start to the campaign

Fernandes will be at Loftus Road on Saturday for the visit of west London rivals Fulham, and urged fans of rock bottom Rangers to keep their spirits up.

He tweeted: 'Holiday today in malaysia. Went early xmas shopping. But all I want is 3 points. Hehehehe.

'Its been nothing short of a disaster. Its not where we are. But boy we put so much effort into this. Good honest effort.

'Keep your spirits up. Laughing smiling and being positive helps. Won't leave any stone unturned to try fix this. tough as it is. Hopefully santa gives us some early presents.'

Both Redknapp and Fernandes are desperate to break QPR's duck at the weekend, but a win will still leave them at least five points from safety.

QPR escaped relegation by a point last season, when Manchester City clinched the Premier League title with a last-gasp victory over them in the final match after midfielder Joey Barton had been sent off for lashing out at Carlos Tevez.

Mire: Rangers have gone a record 16 games without a win at the start of the season

Mire: Rangers have gone a record 16 games without a win at the start of the season

Saviour: Harry Redknapp (right) is hoping to turn the west London club's season around

Saviour: Harry Redknapp (right) is hoping to turn the west London club's season around

Clint Hill urges Harry Redknapp not to sign too many players

Hill urges Redknapp not to make same mistakes as Hughes in ripping QPR squad apart

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 9 December 2012

Clint Hill is advising Harry Redknapp to resist the urge to take the knife to his relegation-haunted QPR team — insisting it was making too many changes that got them into their current plight.

A battling draw at Wigan on Saturday now means that Rangers have failed to win any of their opening 16 matches of the season, beating the record of 15 set by Swindon in season 1993-94.

Redknapp concedes he is tempted to reshape his side in the January transfer window – even looking to out of season MLS players to boost his squad.

Warning: Clint Hill hopes Harry Redknapp does not make wholesale changes

Warning: Clint Hill hopes Harry Redknapp does not make wholesale changes

But veteran Hill believes continued reliance on the old guard at Loftus Road is the better path to follow if bottom club QPR are too survive.

Redknapp has been quick to lean on tried and tested English players, in contrast to his predecessor Mark Hughes.

Hill, Shaun Derry and Jamie Mackie were key figures in the side that won the Championship two seasons ago, but had been fringe players under Hughes.

Whilst keeper Rob Green, a player discarded by the Welshman after his first game, was QPR’s saviour in the 2-2 DW Stadium draw.

Hill, 34, said: 'I’ve been here three years now and I’ve seen loads come and go. I just think we need a bit of stability at the moment, a settled team, which we’ve tried to have over the last few games, and a system of play that suits us.

'The chairman (Tony Fernandes) is throwing money everywhere, left, right and centre and sometimes that doesn’t work. You’ve got to stick with people and work on them and try and get the best out of the ability they have.

Leveller: James McCarthy earned Wigan a point against QPR on Saturday

Leveller: James McCarthy earned Wigan a point against QPR on Saturday

'Don’t get me wrong, I do think we will go and try and get a couple of players, but I don’t think it will be five, six or seven like people are talking about.'

Redknapp praised the old guard and hinted that they may offer his best chance of bridging the seven-point gap that exists between the bottom club and safety.

He commented: 'You need those types of players when you are in trouble. You need the lads who are going to roll up their sleeves for you.

'I have to keep believing. If I don’t believe we can do it, no one will. People know I like a challenge. You can only do your best in life, can’t you'

His opposite number on Saturday, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, had a word of warning for the others down the bottom taking solace from Rangers’ woes.

He said: 'You look at the players that they have and Harry can use his experience in one half of a season to achieve his aim.'

QPR want Robbie Keane on loan from LA Galaxy

Harry targets old pal Keane in loan deal to help boost QPR's goal-shy strikeforce

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 7 December 2012

QPR manager Harry Redknapp wants to bring in Robbie Keane on loan in January to bolster his attack.

Rangers have scored just 11 goals in 15 Premier League games this season and remain bottom of the table without a win.

Long-term injuries to Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson have left Redknapp desperately short of strikers, with only Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie available, and Keane could be available until the start of the American soccer season in March.

American boy: Robbie Keane celebrates MLS Cup glory with David Beckham

American boy: Robbie Keane celebrates MLS Cup glory with David Beckham

The 32-year-old scored three goals in seven games for Aston Villa in a similar arrangement at the beginning of this year.

Keane, whom Redknapp managed at Tottenham, shone in his first full season with LA Galaxy, scoring 22 goals in 34 games and winning his second MLS Cup in David Beckham’s final game in the USA last week.

Redknapp said: ‘I think the MLS is a market we’ve got to look at. Robbie’s a good shout.

‘I haven’t spoken to him yet but he would be an interesting player. He’s a good pro and he would be the ideal type to have around for sure because he would give us something. Goal-scoring’s a knack and Robbie had a good season, scored goals and did well.’

Redknapp, whose side travel to Wigan on Saturday hoping for their first away win in the league for 13 months, will meet QPR chairman Tony Fernandes in person next week for the first time since taking over from Mark Hughes.

The Rangers boss said: ‘I think they are genuinely caring people and they deserve some success. They’ve had a go haven’t they They’ve spent money in the summer and they’ve ended up struggling.

‘If we can find one or two players that can make the difference in January then it could really kick start us and get us going.

‘But we need a couple of results before then. We can’t keep getting cut too far adrift.’

QPR players have to "be at it" against Sunderland, warns Harry Redknapp

QPR players have to 'be at it' against Sunderland, warns new boss Redknapp

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UPDATED:

23:49 GMT, 24 November 2012

Harry Redknapp watched his new club
QPR slump to defeat at Manchester United just hours after
accepting the biggest challenge of his career.

Redknapp agreed a two-and-a-half year
contract to replace the sacked Mark Hughes and then travelled north to
sit glum-faced in the rain as defeat left Rangers five points from
Premier League safety and without a win this season.

Watching brief: Harry Redknapp (right) in the stands at Old Trafford

Watching brief: Harry Redknapp (right) in the stands at Old Trafford

Redknapp considers the challenge far tougher than the job he took at Spurs in 2008, when they were bottom with two points from eight games.

He did not take charge of yesterday’s game, sitting instead next to chief executive Philip Beard, but warned the club’s highly paid stars he expects a massive improvement, starting at Sunderland on Tuesday night.

‘The players have to be at it. The buck stops with them. I know Mark lost his job, but it’s down to the players,’ said 65-year-old Redknapp, who will reportedly earn a 1million bonus on top of his 3m salary.

‘He could only do what he could do. There are some good players here and they really need to step up and start performing.

‘They are man enough to know they’re to blame for the position we are in.’

Hopeful moment: Jamie Mackie celebrates his goal for QPR

Hopeful moment: Jamie Mackie celebrates his goal for QPR

‘We can’t get any lower. We are rock
bottom. We have to try to get up that table. I remember when I was at
Portsmouth and we stayed up with a game to go at Wigan — it was the most
fantastic feeling.’

Chairman Tony Fernandes claimed the club had no option but to appoint
Redknapp after Hughes’s more remote style seemed to leave the QPR
players cold.

‘Harry’s man-management skills are second to none and we are confident
he is the right man to lead us away from the bottom of the table,’ he
said.

Redknapp claimed he was ready to take up a job managing England’s World
Cup qualifying opponents Ukraine before getting the offer from Rangers.

Yesterday was the first Premier League match he had attended since being
sacked by Spurs in the summer and being beaten to the England job by
Roy Hodgson.

Good to be back: Darren Fletcher scored on his return for Manchester United

Good to be back: Darren Fletcher scored on his return for Manchester United

‘I hadn’t wanted to go to Premier League games in case people wondered what I was doing there,’ he said.

Redknapp’s mere presence seemed to lift Rangers when they took a shock
lead through Jamie Mackie but United hit back with three goals in eight
minutes through Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher and Javier Hernandez.

No team have ever made a worse start to a Premier League season than
QPR’s four points in 13 games and he will make signing Spurs centre-half
Michael Dawson his top priority in January.

Redknapp will hold talks with Hughes’s assistants Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki this week.

They picked the team yesterday but Bowen said: ‘I don’t know what Harry’s plans are.’

Both are expected to leave the club.

In tandem: Manchester United's Javier Hernandez (right) and Anderson celebrate the third goal

In tandem: Manchester United's Javier Hernandez (right) and Anderson celebrate the third goal

Mark Hughes sacked by QPR as Harry Redknapp is made manager but for match at Manchester United

SACKED! QPR finally fire Hughes as Redknapp is handed reins (but not until after trip to United)

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UPDATED:

11:46 GMT, 23 November 2012

Mark Hughes has been sacked as manager of QPR – and Harry Redknapp has been appointed as his replacement.

Hughes's assistant manager Mark Bowen will take Rangers, winless and rock-bottom of the Barclays Premier League, to Old Trafford tomorrow with former Tottenham boss Redknapp in the stands.

Redknapp will take formal charge of the team on Sunday.

Fury: Fans turned on Hughes following the defeat to Southampton at home

Fury: Fans turned on Hughes following the defeat to Southampton at home, his final game before being sacked today

WITH HARRY THERE'S HOPE

QPR are the only team out of 92 league clubs yet to win a match this season.

But Harry has performed miracles before.

When he took over from Juande Ramos at Tottenham the team had only two points and his only brief was to stop them slipping them into the Championship.

He managed to finish in eighth place that very season, and took Tottenham to the Champions League two years later.

Hughes's position has been hanging in
the balance all week after defeat to Southampton at Loftus Road, a
match dubbed 'El Sackico'.

The
former Manchester United striker had been preparing his team for the
clash at Manchester United with the expectation that he would be on the
touchline.

However, owner Tony Fernandes finally snapped this morning, showing Hughes, who had replaced, Neil Warnock the door after 10 months.

A club statement this morning said the Rangers board were now looking to appoint a replacement as soon as possible, however Sportsmail is able to confirm that Redknapp is the new manager.

The club's 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.

Harry Redknapp photographed in Mayfair

Mark Bowen

The boss men: Redknapp (left) will take charge on Sunday, while Bowen
(right) will be in charge of the QPR team for the trip to Manchester
United tomorrow

On the brink: Mark Hughes took QPR training this week before being axed this morning

On the brink: Mark Hughes took QPR training this week before being axed this morning

Cracked: Tony Fernandes wanted to keep hold of Hughes, but finally snapped

Cracked: Tony Fernandes wanted to keep hold of Hughes, but finally snapped

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

'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.'

Former QPR winger Richard Langley told
BBC Radio 5live: 'The frustration has been brewing and the main thing is
they've got such a talented squad at the moment and the results haven't
been coming so you can understand the frustrations at the club. They
haven't been playing as a team.'

Hughes has been walking a tightrope since QPR lost at Arsenal on October 27. Fernandes was set to sack him then but had a change of heart and has tried to support him.

They have not won all season but have an easier run of fixtures coming – and Redknapp will be licking his lips at that prospect.

The former Southampton and Portsmouth manager, who was snubbed by England after Fabio Capello left his post, will eagerly look forward to a new year clash with Tottenham, his most recent club.

More to follow….

DATES FOR HARRY'S DIARY…

New man: Redknapp, snubbed by England, will watch his new charges from the stands at Old Trafford

Harry Redknapp will face his old club Tottenham for the
first time as QPR manager on Monday, January 14 at 8pm.

Happy New Year, Harry.

BEFORE THAT…

Man Utd (away) tomorrow

Sunderland (away) Tuesday

Aston Villa (home) Sat, Dec 1

Wigan (away) Sat, Dec 8

Fulham (home) Sat, Dec 15

Newcastle (away) Sat, Dec 22