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No-one will 'pinch' Austin in January - insists Hasselbaink

Jimmy Floyd has made that very clear. Credit: PA

New QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink insists no one will "pinch" Charlie Austin in January.

Striker Austin is expected to be a target for a host of Premier League clubs when the transfer window reopens, and his £15million summer price tag will have dropped with just six months remaining on his contract.

But the 26-year-old is understood to be happy to stay at Loftus Road and Hasselbaink has warned off any potential suitors.

"You don't pinch. He's not going to be pinched," said the Dutchman.

"I'm looking forward to working with Charlie, and I'm looking forward to working with everyone else as well."

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Harry Redknapp reacts to QPR appointing Hasselbaink

Harry Redknapp has backed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to reach the Championship play-offs after he became QPR's new manager today.

Redknapp has wished Hasselbaink all the best. Credit: PA

Redknapp guided the Super Hoops into the play-offs in 2014 when a dramatic Wembley winner from Bobby Zamora sealed promotion to the Premier League.

But QPR were relegated the following season, with Redknapp deserting them midway through the campaign after he was frustrated in the January transfer window.

Posting on his Twitter account earlier this afternoon, Redknapp said:

"Wish Jimmy all the best. QPR’s a good club with good owners. They can still make the play-offs, Charlie’s [Austin] very important."

Hassebaink takes over from Chris Ramsey, who replaced Redknapp last season but couldn't avoid relegation, and was dismissed last month after a poor run of results in the Championship.

QPR confirm Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink appointment

Hasselbaink will work on a rolling contract. Credit: PA

QPR have confirmed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their new manager with the former Burton Albion boss agreeing to a rolling contract.

He will be joined at Loftus Road by his assistant at Burton, David Oldfield, and the pair were earlier spotted taking their first training session.

Hasselbaink guided Burton to the League Two title in 2014/15 and leaves them at the top of League One after 20 matches this season.

QPR, meanwhile, are just two points off the Championship play-off places after back-to-back victories under departing caretaker boss Neil Warnock.

Hasselbaink told QPR's official website:

It was not an easy decision to leave Burton, but when you get the opportunity to come somewhere like QPR, with the club where it is and the squad we have at our disposal, it was something I couldn’t turn down. I feel that this is a club on the up – it has an exciting feeling about it. And I want to keep that feeling going by taking more positive strides forward.

I am happy to get the opportunity here at QPR, to lead the QPR family, be at the front of it all, put my stamp on things and take the club forward. This is an incredibly proud moment for me and I will give my all to represent the badge of the club.

– QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

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QPR hope to appoint former Chelsea striker on Friday

QPR are hoping to name Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their new permanent manager by Friday.

Hasselbaink has guided Burton Albion to the top of League One after 20 matches, having won promotion with the Staffordshire club as League Two Champions in 2014/15.

Hasselbaink is thought to be keen on becoming QPR's manager. Credit: PA

The former Chelsea striker is thought to be interested in joining QPR, who would offer him a huge pay rise and the funds to build a squad capable of sustaining Premier League football.

QPR are negotiating with Burton over a possible compensation package should Hasselbaink decide on moving to Loftus Road after dismissing Chris Ramsey in early November.

Neil Warnock has been in temporary charge of QPR. Credit: PA

Neil Warnock, who had joined the club as first team advisor two weeks before Ramsey's departure, has been in temporary charge since then and will take the R's to Reading for this week's Championship fixture.

When QPR line-up to face Reading on Thursday evening, the club hope to have a contract agreed with Hasselbaink in time for an announcement on Friday.

Former QPR forward Trevor Sinclair, a friend of the 43-year-old, who also had spells at Leeds, Middlesbrough, Charlton and Cardiff, believes Hasselbaink could make the move.

Sinclair told to talkSPORT:

I've had a couple of discussions with Jim over the last few days so yes it is something that could happen.

Obviously the contact has come out in the papers now and it is something that could happen, so watch this space.

– Trevor Sinclair

Odds slashed on former Liverpool boss joining QPR

Brendan Rodgers has emerged as a surprise contender to take over Championship club QPR, with his odds of becoming the next Loftus Road manager slashed down to 4/1 this afternoon.

Could Rodgers be heading to QPR? Credit: PA

The former Liverpool and Swansea boss is now second favourite to succeed Chris Ramsey behind Nigel Pearson following a flurry of bets.

Neil Warnock has taken temporary charge of the Super Hoops since Ramsey's departure this month, and he will travel with the team up to Middlesbrough for Friday's televised league fixture.

While it's unclear how long Warnock will remain in charge, the 66 year-old has made it clear he has no intention of taking over on a full-time basis.

Instead, Warnock – who is a great admirer of Rodgers – is believed to be advising the QPR board on who to appoint as their next permanent manager.

Last week, Director of Football Les Ferdinand interviewed Paul Lambert after returning from talks with QPR's board in Malayasia, but the ex-Villa boss was later unveiled as Blackburn's new manager.

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