Harry's back! Redknapp takes the reins at QPR as furious Hughes is axed
00:14 GMT, 24 November 2012
Harry Redknapp is the new Queens Park Rangers manager after Mark Hughes was sacked amid fiery scenes at the club’s Harlington HQ.
Hughes walked out in disgust when he was asked to take charge of Saturday’s game at former side Manchester United but told he would then be dismissed whatever the result.
Ready for a fresh challenge: Harry Redknapp arriving home on Friday
Watching brief: Club shareholder Kamarundin Bin Meranun (left) and QPR chief executive Phil Beard (second left) watch QPR's Stephane Mbia train after boss Mark Hughes was sacked
Fury: Fans turned on Hughes following the defeat to Southampton at home, his final game before being sacked
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.
That paved the way for ex-Tottenham
manager Redknapp, who will sign a two-and-a-half-year deal, understood
to be worth in the region of 3million a year.
Redknapp said last night: ‘I’m looking
forward to it. It’s a big challenge and a tough job to take on but I’m
up for the challenge.
‘I’ll watch the game tomorrow. I will
probably travel up and watch from the stand. If everything gets sorted —
and I’m sure it will — I’ll be in Sunday morning, will have the team in
training on Monday, then fly up for the game at Sunderland.’
Hughes, 49, was ready to start the
day’s training session when chief executive Philip Beard arrived at the
club’s west London complex yesterday with shareholder Kamarudin Bin
On the ground: Beard watches training as shareholder Kamarundin Bin Meranun (right) shares a joke with a QPR staff member
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
On the brink: Hughes took QPR training this week before being axed on Friday morning
FERNANDES TWEETS OF SUPPORT
OCTOBER 21 (QPR 1-1 Everton)
'Stop wasting your time and energy
on negative tweets. QPR needs time and stability. We have great squad
great manager great ceo. Takes time and a bit of luck.'
OCTOBER 29 (two days after Arsenal 1-0 QPR)
honestly believe we have one of the best managers in the premier
league. And we are in for the long term. Whatever happens. We love QPR.
Ill be there at reading so rangers fans ill be available to meet and
chat. Trust me on this one. Keep the faith. Stability is the key.'
right. Mark has my backing and the shareholders. We need a little luck
and no injuries. What’s written in the press is all rubbish. RT
@wayneoeyers: @tonyfernandes we must stick with Hughes. We haven’t been
playing poorly. The club needs stability, manager change would be
NOVEMBER 4 (QPR 1-1 Reading)
'We are doing
our best. Keep the faith. Need to get behind the team now. Positive
energy is what we need. RT @martingreen_qpr: Message to the entire QPR
team, staff, manager and **** head @tonyfernandes. Please don’t **** up
another one of my weekends.'
'A game of 2 halves. Players getting
used to premier league and different type of teams. Keep calm we will
come good. Plenty of time. Many opps to win the game. I’m calm. Won’t
please everyone. But as I keep saying stability is key.'
NOVEMBER 10 (Stoke 1-0 QPR)
got to cut out errors. One error cost us and we got to take our
chances. Team played as planned. Must win next win. No panic. Table is
compressed. Defense was awful now fairly solid. Midfield strong. Got to
'Keep the faith. Panic is not what the doc ordered.'
be happening. For the one millionth time. Hahaha. Stability. RT
@timnmcollins: @Jeffro_QPR @tonyfernandes @lieyaM_M Maybe you can
practice the “You’re fired” line on Mark Hughes #QPR'
NOVEMBER 17 (QPR 1-3 Southampton)
feel gutted. I have put my heart and soul into this with my other
shareholders. And done all we can to give support to players and all
management. I can only apologise to the QPR fans. we keep fighting.'
me tell you Fans come first. Everyone including me let the fans down.
Many of us need a hard look at themselves. QPR has amazing fans. They
AFTER HUGHES' SACKING…
'Though we have a change the long term vision of the club remains and much good work has already been done and will continue.'
'This is a club where the chairman and shareholders look at all things in a long term view.
'But also take the views of the fans who are the most important constituents of the club. To us fans come first.'
Sportsmail revealed on Monday how the
majority of the club’s hierarchy wanted Hughes sacked and we predicted
he would be gone before the weekend.
The Welshman had become so infuriated with external speculation over his position that he challenged Beard on the issue.
That’s when Hughes was given the
chance to take charge of QPR for the match against United but told he
would be sacked afterwards.
The manager declined the offer before leaving the training ground.
Hughes’s advisers were last night thrashing out a severance package on the 19 months left on a 3m-a-year deal.
His assistants, Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki, took training yesterday and will be in charge of the team at Old Trafford.
The news did not come as a major shock to the squad — Hughes’s future had been openly discussed.
Certain players are believed to have been consulted over the manager’s sacking and the appointment of Redknapp.
In addition to his salary, Redknapp will land a survival bonus of around 1m if he keeps the club up.
Sources close to the 65-year-old
earlier claimed he was still considering a 3m-a-year deal to coach
Ukraine three days a week but it was his public courting by Ukraine
which triggered QPR’s sacking of Hughes, fearing they could miss out on
their top target. Redknapp said: ‘QPR couldn’t get the results they
needed. You couldn’t have too many worse starts but I’m ready to see if I
can change their fortunes around. If I can keep them up I’ll be the
happiest man around.
‘There are some good players there but I’ve got to find a way of picking a team that can win games.’
Redknapp yesterday, approached his
trusted right-hand man Kevin Bond and goalkeeping coach David Coles to
join his backroom team at Loftus Road. He also wants Ian Broomfield, his
Tottenham chief scout. The futures of QPR technical director Mike Rigg,
Bowen and Niedzwiecki are yet to be finalised, and at least one of them
could stay on.
The new boss will be given up to 10m
to spend in January but the club would prefer loan signings after their
The Rangers board feel there is enough
talent at the club already to keep them up, coupled with Redknapp’s
famed motivational skills.
Redknapp will target Tottenham defender Michael Dawson and a striker to cover for the injured Bobby Zamora.
DATES FOR HARRY'S DIARY…
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.
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