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Redknapp: 'There’s a lot of ability in the QPR squad'

New QPR manager Harry Redknapp has spoken of his "delight" at joining the west London club on a two-and-a-half year deal.

He told the club website:

I’m delighted to be back in the managerial hot-seat at QPR.

When I spoke to the shareholders and they told me about their plans I knew this was too good an opportunity to turn down.

There’s no doubt there’s a lot of ability in the squad, but for one reason or another things haven’t gone as well as everyone expected since the start of the season.

I can’t wait to get to work and get the results necessary to kick-start our season.

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Harry Redknapp hopes to be QPR boss by tomorrow

Harry Redknapp expects to be watching QPR from the stands tomorrow.

He said: "There are a couple of bits to be sorted out tonight but I've left it to other people and said I want it to happen because it's a club I want to manage.

Harry Redknapp is available following his departure from Tottenham in the summer. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"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."

The 65-year-old confirmed he was hoping to travel up to tomorrow's Barclays Premier League match at Manchester United, before making Tuesday's match at Sunderland his first in charge."

Redknapp told Sky Sport news: "I'll watch the game tomorrow. I will probably travel up and watch the game in 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 to Sunderland."

QPR chief executive: 'Too early to say' who club's next manager will be

QPR chief executive Philip Beard has said "it's too early to say" who will be the club's next manager.

In a short statement to Sky Sports News outside the club's Loftus Road headquarters, he added:

"It's been a difficult 48 hours for the club.

"It's too early to say (who will be Mark Hughes' successor) but we've got to make the right decision for QPR and the fans."

QPR chairman reiterates club's long term vision after Hughes sacking

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes hugs his former manager Mark Hughes after the club escaped relegation last season. Credit: PA Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes, who sacked manager Mark Hughes today, has reiterated his long term vision for the club on Twitter.

He said: "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."

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Schmeichel: Hughes should have had more time in job

Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel says his former team-mate Mark Hughes should have been given more time in charge of QPR.

He said the former Old Trafford forward has been a victim of modern football where people want instant success.

At the unveiling of a Sir Alex Ferguson statue at Old Trafford, former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke said he felt sorry for Hughes and that he was sure he would move back into football soon.

QPR: Had 'very little choice but to make a change'

Queens Park Rangers Football Club has announced it has terminated the contract of manager Mark Hughes "with immediate effect".

Mark Hughes has been sacked by QPR. Credit: Press Assocation

A club statement reads: "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."

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