Mark Hughes Favourite For Next QPR Manager

Former Fulham manager Mark Hughes is the overwhelming favourite to take charge at Queen Park Rangers, after Neil Warnock was sacked yesterday.

Just days after Warnock stated he needed another four or five new players to keep the relegation threatened Hoops in the top flight, he was shown the door by new chairman Tony Fernandes.

Warnock won the Championship last season but found life in the top flight a lot more difficult. Just one point separated his team from the relegation zone.

Welshman Hughes, who has also managed Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers, was immediately instilled as the bookmaker’s favourite to take over at Loftus Road, although there are a few other names in the running.

Former West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola was named second favourite to have a crack at managing another London club while former Liverpool and Inter Milan manager Rafa Benitez is currently third favourite.

Other names mentioned include ex-England manager Sven Goran Eriksson, who was recently fired from his post at Leicester City and Steve Bruce, sacked earlier this season by Sunderland.

Two former QPR greats can also be backed. Ray Wilkins, who previously managed the side but has been working as a pundit since departing Chelsea last season and former striker Les Ferdinand, can both be backed at longer odds.

A selection of the names in the running for the QPR job are as follows:

  • Mark Hughes @ 1.2 (Betfred)
  • Gianfranco Zola @ 6.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Rafa Benitez @ 13.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Sven Goran Eriksson @ 21.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Roberto Di Matteo @ 21.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Roberto Martinez @ 21.0 (Betfred)
  • Alan Curbishley @ 23.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Steve Bruce @ 26.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Ray Wilkins @ 41.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Les Ferdinand @ 101.0 (Sportingbet)

Explaining the reasons behind sacking Warnock, new chairman Fernandes said: “This decision has been made in the best interests of the club and I can assure everyone that this is not a decision that was made lightly.

“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.”