“Queens Park rangers Football Club has today (Friday) terminated the contract of manager Mark Hughes with immediate effect,” a statement says.

“This decision has been taken after careful consideration by the Board of Directors, following numerous meetings over the last few days.”

It’s unlikely to be a decision that displeases the QPR fans, unlike the sacking this week of Chelsea’s Roberto Di Matteo.

Hughes had enjoyed the backing of QPR chairman Tony Fernandes for some time, the top dog openly supporting his under fire manager even as results never materialised (they’re the only team in the 92 club football league not to have won yet) and the club sit rooted to the bottom of the EPL.

Harry Redknapp in May 2012 at a Tottenham Hotspur game (Getty images)

Yet after last weekend’s devastating 3-1 loss to fellow strugglers Southampton, a match in which the London side were outplayed by their south coast opposition, Fernandes was noticeably quiet. Now, a day before QPR head to Manchester to take on United, Hughes’s former side as a player, he’s been given the boot.

Redknapp, who had been out of work since getting sacked from Spurs, is to travel with the team tomorrow but will not take over as manager officially until Sunday.

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