Owner Tony Fernandes says new manager Harry Redknapp was QPR's number one target
Last Updated: November 24, 2012 12:24pm
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is delighted to have secured the services of new manager Harry Redknapp.
The experienced Redknapp has been looking to return to management since leaving Tottenham after guiding them to a fourth-place Premier League finish last year.
And Redknapp will now try to keep a different London side in the top flight, with bottom club QPR having moved quickly to secure his services on a two-and-a half-year deal after firing Mark Hughes on Friday.
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.
"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."
"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."
Redknapp is believed to be interested in hiring his former assistants at Tottenham, Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond, and QPR say an announcement on his backroom team will be made in due course.
Hughes has left QPR in a parlous position, four points adrift at the bottom, but shareholder Kamarudin Bin Meranun said: "While we look forward with Harry, we would also like to place on record our appreciation to Mark.
"Though results have not been good this season, Mark has moved the club forwards in terms of infrastructure and advancing QPR as a Premier League club. For that, we want to thank him.
"He was a consummate professional and it was a difficult decision to make, as we had all grown to respect him. We wish him and his family well for the future."