Warnock out, Hughes bound to be in
When Jim White clocked in for the Sunday evening graveyard shift on Sky Sports News, he probably didn’t expect to be doing anything more exciting that introducing goals from the Scottish FA Cup or some shameless PR for Team Sky cycling – and then Neil Warnock got sacked.
January 9th, 2012
Warnock was shown the door at Loftus Road last night, eight months after guiding the club back to the Premier League.
With the club 17th in the Premier League, chairman Tony Fernandes said they made the decision to sack Neil Warnock in the hope a change might preserve their top-flight status.
“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.
“Neil has acted with honesty, professionalism and integrity throughout his time at the Club, and I would personally like to thank him for his significant contribution to QPR over the last 22 months.
“I genuinely wish him all the very best for the future and he will always be welcome back at Loftus Road.”
As for his replacement, the bookies may as well have closed the book already. Mark Hughes was listed as the early favourite and, with QPR claiming that they want to appoint a replacement within 48 hours, the best price you’ll get on Hughes is 1/10 with William Hill. Beyond that, Gianfranco Zola is at 6s and Rafa Benitez at 12s.
If you’re interested in a longer shot, Joey Barton is at 50/1, the same price as Diego Maradona, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.