Football: Ex-Cherries boss Redknapp confirmed as QPR boss

FORMER Cherries boss Harry Redknapp has this morning been confirmed as the new manager of QPR.

A spokesman for Redknapp had confirmed last night that talks were set to open between the west London club and Redknapp, who was sacked as manager of Tottenham over the summer.

The 65-year-old had been working in an advisory capacity at Cherries since leaving White Hart Lane, but took a step back from the role after Eddie Howe’s return last month.

And QPR have made their move after Hughes was sacked yesterday.

Hughes was given his marching orders with QPR having not registered a Premier League win all season.

The club’s 3-1 home defeat to relegation rivals Southampton last weekend appeared to have done for Hughes, while the QPR board was also understood to be concerned about missing out on Redknapp, whose representatives had been in Ukraine this week speaking about the possibility of managing the national team.

Redknapp, who lives in Sandbanks, had long been linked with the managerial position at Loftus Road as Hughes continued to fail to get the best out of his big-name players at the club.

But it is understood no contact was made until after Hughes was sacked.

As well as being unable to guide QPR to a league win this season, Hughes had struggled to pick up results since replacing Neil Warnock as manager back in January.

Rangers won only eight games in all competitions under the Welshman and it was reported Hughes rejected the chance to resign from his position in a meeting at the club’s training ground on Monday.

QPR owner Tony Fernandes consistently came out on Twitter to back Hughes but the defeat to Southampton appears to have been the final straw for the board, which released a statement yesterday confirming the end of Hughes’s tenure.

The 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.”

The sacking came just 24 hours before QPR travel to face Manchester United at Old Trafford and the board have acted quickly in appointing Redknapp to replace Hughes.

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7:56am Sat 24 Nov 12

Wilkie says...

Go for it Harry. You'll be about 15 minutes closer to our Dorset paradise than you were at Spurs.
Go for it Harry. You'll be about 15 minutes closer to our Dorset paradise than you were at Spurs. Wilkie
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9:24am Sat 24 Nov 12

Square Old Codger says...

Well, he certainly isn't afraid of a challenge! He did it at Spurs and at Portsmouth, but this I think will be the toughest test yet. I wish him luck thougth and hope that he can achieve a notable "hat trick".
Well, he certainly isn't afraid of a challenge! He did it at Spurs and at Portsmouth, but this I think will be the toughest test yet. I wish him luck thougth and hope that he can achieve a notable "hat trick". Square Old Codger
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9:34am Sat 24 Nov 12

Luffbracherry says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
Well, he certainly isn't afraid of a challenge! He did it at Spurs and at Portsmouth, but this I think will be the toughest test yet. I wish him luck thougth and hope that he can achieve a notable "hat trick".
Harry will take on most challenges...if the money is right!
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Well, he certainly isn't afraid of a challenge! He did it at Spurs and at Portsmouth, but this I think will be the toughest test yet. I wish him luck thougth and hope that he can achieve a notable "hat trick".[/p][/quote]Harry will take on most challenges...if the money is right! Luffbracherry
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9:47am Sat 24 Nov 12

devon fan says...

cant help feeling the much talked about job of Harry taking on the position as manager of the Ukraine national side was used to force QPR into making a desicion on Mark Hughes
cant help feeling the much talked about job of Harry taking on the position as manager of the Ukraine national side was used to force QPR into making a desicion on Mark Hughes devon fan
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10:53am Sat 24 Nov 12

Wilkie says...

If Harry doesn't turn things round at QPR, then we could be playing one of Harry's teams in the league for the first time next season.
If Harry doesn't turn things round at QPR, then we could be playing one of Harry's teams in the league for the first time next season. Wilkie
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11:13am Sat 24 Nov 12

bigfatsteve says...

If Harry does manage to keep QPR in the premiership, it will be the biggest turn around since Thatchers poll tax fiasco. An opportunity for Harry to show the FA that he is one of the best managers in the country. Surely the England job must come his way before retirement.
If Harry does manage to keep QPR in the premiership, it will be the biggest turn around since Thatchers poll tax fiasco. An opportunity for Harry to show the FA that he is one of the best managers in the country. Surely the England job must come his way before retirement. bigfatsteve
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12:12pm Sat 24 Nov 12

cheeriedriteup says...

Luffbracherry wrote:
Square Old Codger wrote:
Well, he certainly isn't afraid of a challenge! He did it at Spurs and at Portsmouth, but this I think will be the toughest test yet. I wish him luck thougth and hope that he can achieve a notable "hat trick".
Harry will take on most challenges...if the money is right!
Would be hard to find someone on a voluntary basis!
[quote][p][bold]Luffbracherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Well, he certainly isn't afraid of a challenge! He did it at Spurs and at Portsmouth, but this I think will be the toughest test yet. I wish him luck thougth and hope that he can achieve a notable "hat trick".[/p][/quote]Harry will take on most challenges...if the money is right![/p][/quote]Would be hard to find someone on a voluntary basis! cheeriedriteup
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12:20pm Sat 24 Nov 12

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

devon fan wrote:
cant help feeling the much talked about job of Harry taking on the position as manager of the Ukraine national side was used to force QPR into making a desicion on Mark Hughes
Of course thats what was going on, his agent earning his fee.!!!. Good old Harry wouldn,t even comute to Newcastle, so would have struggled with Ukraine. Would love to hear Harry give a team-talk in Ukrainian though. Got to admit the way they went about this does not sit comfortably with me, effectivley condemning Mark Hughes to the sack, but i guess it was going to happen sooner or later anyway. Martin Jol must be worried with all these west London clubs changing managers.!!!
[quote][p][bold]devon fan[/bold] wrote: cant help feeling the much talked about job of Harry taking on the position as manager of the Ukraine national side was used to force QPR into making a desicion on Mark Hughes[/p][/quote]Of course thats what was going on, his agent earning his fee.!!!. Good old Harry wouldn,t even comute to Newcastle, so would have struggled with Ukraine. Would love to hear Harry give a team-talk in Ukrainian though. Got to admit the way they went about this does not sit comfortably with me, effectivley condemning Mark Hughes to the sack, but i guess it was going to happen sooner or later anyway. Martin Jol must be worried with all these west London clubs changing managers.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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1:04pm Sat 24 Nov 12

stevobath says...

Wilkie wrote:
If Harry doesn't turn things round at QPR, then we could be playing one of Harry's teams in the league for the first time next season.
Thats what I predicted to one of the Saints WUMS who commented on here!

Harrys onlyadvisory role at Cherries was probably,'Go get Eddie back!'...
Good LuckAFCB at miserable rainy day Gigg lane today..:)
[quote][p][bold]Wilkie[/bold] wrote: If Harry doesn't turn things round at QPR, then we could be playing one of Harry's teams in the league for the first time next season.[/p][/quote]Thats what I predicted to one of the Saints WUMS who commented on here! Harrys onlyadvisory role at Cherries was probably,'Go get Eddie back!'... Good LuckAFCB at miserable rainy day Gigg lane today..:) stevobath
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11:55pm Sat 24 Nov 12

billy the new kid says...

The delay at QPR announcing Harry Boy was as its a small ground they didnt know if they could fit a bigger bench in the home dug out for H and his entourage Kevin Bond Joe Jordan Tim Sherlock Clive Allan and Stuart Morgan Chief Scout. Harrys Jobs for the boys team go West. good luck son youve rung the bell again with the old im off to the Ukraine trick and Rangers fell for it !!!.
The delay at QPR announcing Harry Boy was as its a small ground they didnt know if they could fit a bigger bench in the home dug out for H and his entourage Kevin Bond Joe Jordan Tim Sherlock Clive Allan and Stuart Morgan Chief Scout. Harrys Jobs for the boys team go West. good luck son youve rung the bell again with the old im off to the Ukraine trick and Rangers fell for it !!!. billy the new kid
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10:29am Sun 25 Nov 12

moorsman70 says...

bigfatsteve wrote:
If Harry does manage to keep QPR in the premiership, it will be the biggest turn around since Thatchers poll tax fiasco. An opportunity for Harry to show the FA that he is one of the best managers in the country. Surely the England job must come his way before retirement.
ha ha yes of course let the twitcher take the england job after all he cant make them go bust
[quote][p][bold]bigfatsteve[/bold] wrote: If Harry does manage to keep QPR in the premiership, it will be the biggest turn around since Thatchers poll tax fiasco. An opportunity for Harry to show the FA that he is one of the best managers in the country. Surely the England job must come his way before retirement.[/p][/quote]ha ha yes of course let the twitcher take the england job after all he cant make them go bust moorsman70
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