A statement from QPR read:
“This decision has been taken after careful consideration by the Board of Directors, following numerous meetings over the last few days.
The Board of Directors wish to thank Mark for his commitment, hard work and dedication in his ten months in charge.
Mark has shown integrity and professionalism throughout his time here, but ultimately the circumstances we find ourselves in have left the Board of Directors with very little choice but to make a change.
The Board will now be working actively to put a new managerial structure in place as soon as possible.
Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki will take charge of the R’s trip to Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday afternoon. “
The fact that Hughes has been fired is not a surprise, only the timing is. Hughes barely kept Rangers in the Premier League last year and despite spending big this season, QPR are still winless as we approach December 1.
The defeat at home to fellow-strugglers Southampton last weekend, all but assured that Hughes would be fired. Why it took the board six days to fire Hughes is unclear, but it could be that they were trying to see who would be interested in taking over.
The odds on favorite is former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp. Harry took over at Tottenham in October 2008 when, like QPR now, they were bottom of the Premier League.
He led them on their first Champions League campaign in 2010-11 and achieved a fourth-place finish in his final season in charge. Can Redknapp do the same at QPR?