Queens Park Rangers, which sits last in English soccer’s Premier League without a victory, hired Harry Redknapp as manager to replace Mark Hughes.
Redknapp signed a 2 ½-year contract to take over the west London club after Hughes was fired yesterday.
“I’m delighted to be back in the managerial hot-seat at QPR,” Redknapp said in a statement on the club’s website today. “When I spoke to the shareholders and they told me about their plans I knew this was too good an opportunity to turn down.”
Redknapp, 65, left Tottenham in June after a nearly four- year run in which he led Spurs to their first appearance in the Champions League. He was favored to replace Fabio Capello as manager of the England national team when the Italian resigned in February before the job went to Roy Hodgson.
Redknapp has also managed Bournemouth, West Ham, and sandwiched two stints at Portsmouth with a spell with Southampton. He guided Portsmouth to the 2008 F.A. Cup title.
QPR Chairman Tony Fernandez called Redknapp the club’s “No. 1 target.”
“He has a proven track record in the Premier League and has all the characteristics we are looking for to get us out of the current situation we find ourselves in,” Fernandez said. “We believe we have a manager with significant experience at the highest level of football who can come in and immediately deliver our objectives.”
QPR gave Hughes a 2 ½-year contract in January to replace the fired Neil Warnock with the newly promoted club in 17th place. It finished the season in that same spot, one point above the three-team relegation zone.
QPR, the only Premier League team without a win this season, has four points from 12 games and is four points behind Southampton in 19th place.
“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,” Redknapp said. “I can’t wait to get to work and get the results necessary to kick-start our season.”
QPR plays at Manchester United today, with assistant coaches Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki in charge.
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