Mark Hughes set to replace sacked Warnock at QPR
Former Fulham man poised to take over at Loftus Road, as Rangers sack their 13th manager in six years
NEIL WARNOCK has become the second Premier League managerial casualty of the season after being fired by QPR, and Mark Hughes has been installed as favourite to take over at Loftus Road.
Appointing Hughes would be a statement of intent from the west London club. The former Manchester City and Blackburn boss walked out on QPR's local rivals Fulham last summer claiming they did not have enough ambition or investment behind them.
Rangers, now owned by Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes, are intent on staying in the top flight, but will have to convince Hughes that they have the funds to do so. However, The Daily Mail reports that an informal deal has already been struck. "Hughes also fits the bill for Fernandes's global marketing vision for the west London club," reports the paper.
Warnock's fate highlights the precarious nature of life as a football manager, particularly at QPR. Since the departure of Ian Holloway six years ago the club has had 13 different managers.
Warnock took over at Loftus Road in March 2010, and in his only full season at the club won the Championship and secured Rangers' return to the top flight of English football for the first time since 1996.
However, after a promising start to the season a run of eight league games without a win has seen the Hoops slide down the table and they are now just one point above the relegation zone. On Saturday they were held to a draw by MK Dons of League One in the third round of the FA Cup. Rangers have now not won an FA Cup match since 2001.
David Hytner in The Guardian reports that the transfer window was the problem: "[Warnock and Fernandes] met at the end of last week to discuss transfer business. Warnock left the meeting feeling that his position had become untenable."
The Daily Telegraph suggests that Warnock will decide to call it a day. "The expectation within the game is that Warnock might now decide to retire," reports Jason Burt.