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Redknapp takes reins at QPR

24 November 2012 12:12

QPR have confirmed the appointment of Harry Redknapp as manager on a two-and-a-half year deal.

The West London club moved quickly to get their man, having begun talks with the former Tottenham boss on the same day as firing Welshman Mark Hughes.

The 65-year-old will watch Saturday's game against Manchester United from the stands before taking charge on Monday.

"I'm delighted to be back in the managerial hotseat at QPR. I can't wait to get started," Redknapp told the club's official website.

"When I spoke to the shareholders and they told me about their plans I knew this was too good an opportunity to turn down.

"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. I can't wait to get to work and get the results necessary to kick-start our season."

The London club are still waiting for their first win of the season, only managing to obtain four points from the opening 12 games.

However, Redknapp has experience in turning clubs around, with the Englishman establishing Tottenham as a top-four team after taking over in 2008, with the club taking two points from their first eight games.

The QPR chairman Tony Fernandes, said: “Harry was our number one target, the unanimous choice of the Board and we're delighted we've been able to attract him to the club.

“He has a proven track record in the Premier League and has all the characteristics we were looking for to get us out of the current situation we find ourselves in.

“His man-management skills are second to none and we are confident he is the right man to lead us away from the bottom of the table.

“We believe we have a manager with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives.”

QPR Shareholder Kamarudin Bin Meranun added: “While we look forward with Harry we would also like to place on the record our appreciation to Mark."

The one-time FA Cup winning manager will now take over at Loftus Road, but Redknapp is not expected to manage the team as they face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

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