"Queens Park Rangers Football Club has today (Friday) terminated the contract of manager Mark Hughes with immediate effect. 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."
Betting has been suspended on who will replace him (via Sky Bet) with Harry Redknapp the clear favorite:
It is strange timing to say the least—just over 24 hours before the trip to Manchester United—but Hughes cannot claim he has been poorly treated. Tony Fernandes backed him to the hilt time and time again.
It wasn't until after the loss to Southampton that Fernandes went quiet, especially after dubbing it a must-win game (via The Guardian). Hughes, however, dismissed the reports that, if he failed to secure a victory against the Saints, his job was in jeopardy (via West London Sport).
As Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara tweeted:
Mark Hughes has been sacked by Tony Fernandez he can't say that the club did not back him, but things just did no go right this season— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) November 23, 2012
In the end, despite Fernandes being one of the most understanding chairman in the history of football, losing to fellow relegation strugglers was the final nail in the coffin for Hughes' already buried Rangers career.
So Hughes is out. But who is next in?