Queens Park Rangers have announced the departure of manager Mark Hughes with the club still winless at the bottom of the Premier League table.
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Hughes leaves QPR without a victory after 12 games of the season, having only survived relegation on the final day of last term.
Assistant coaches Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki have been put in temporary charge for QPR's next game, which is against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has been installed as the bookmakers' favourite to take over, and ESPN understands that he will be officially installed in the position after the United game.
A statement published on the club's official website read: "Queen's 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.
"The Board will now be working actively to put a new managerial structure in place as soon as possible."
Hughes replaced Neil Warnock at Loftus Road in January, having walked out on QPR's west London rivals Fulham the previous summer. Despite losing at Manchester City on the final day of the campaign, results elsewhere ensured they survived their first season back in the top flight.
Despite bringing in 10 new players in the summer transfer window to go with the four added in January, Hughes was not able to engineer a change in the club's fortunes.