Monday, January 9, 2012

Hughes favourite for Rangers job

Mark Hughes is the big favourite in the football betting to take over at Queens Park Rangers after Neil Warnock was sacked on Sunday.

Warnock was relieved of his duties after a run of eight Premier League games without a win. He leaves with QPR sat 17th in the table.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said: "Sadly, our recent run of poor form has seen us slip alarmingly down the table and the board felt it was the right time to make a change."

Warnock took charge at Loftus Road in March 2010 with QPR languishing in the lower reaches of the Championship. He saved the club from relegation and led them to the league title the following season.

After an encouraging start to life back in the top flight, his side had fallen away in recent months and are among the favourites in the relegation betting. With the transfer window re-open, the board decided a change was necessary.

QPR have moved fast to replace Warnock, with Hughes touted as his successor. The former Blackburn and Manchester City boss has been without a club since he left Fulham last June. Hughes is reportedly in negotiations with the club.

Chief executive Philip Beard expects a speedy resolution. He said: "We are working extremely hard to bring in the right person. I'm hoping we have someone in place in advance of our game against Newcastle (on Sunday)."

It is thought the new man will be given funds to improve his squad during the January transfer window, with firepower a priority. QPR have scored just 19 goals this season and only nine in ten home games.

Warnock’s replacement will need to turn the club’s worrying home form around. QPR have picked up just seven points at Loftus Road, winning once against Chelsea in October. Expect QPR and the new boss to splash the cash this month.

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