QPR sack boss Neil Critchley after just TWELVE games in charge

QPR sack boss Neil Critchley after just ONE win in his 12 games in charge in west London… with Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth set to take over at Loftus Road

  • QPR sack manager Neil Critchley after just twelve games in charge of the club 
  • Early favourite to replace Critchley is former Rangers player Gareth Ainsworth 
  • Rangers are currently 17th in the Championship with one win in eighteen games  

Queens Park Rangers have sacked manager Neil Critchley after just 12 games in charge, with Gareth Ainsworth the favourite to replace him at Loftus Road. 

Critchley replaced Mick Beale as Rangers boss in December, but has overseen just one win during his dozen games as manager of the club, and was relieved of his duties following the 3-1 loss to Middlesbrough at the weekend that leaves the club in 17th place in the Championship. 

The early favourite to replace the former Blackpool boss is Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth.

Ainsworth became a fans favourite at the club as player during a seven-year stint with QPR  and has twice been in charge in a caretaker capacity. 

In a statement on the official website QPR CEO Lee Hoos said: ‘It is hugely disappointing to have to make such a decision so early into Neil’s tenure with the club. 

QPR have won just once since Neil Critchley took over from Michael Beale in December 

Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth could be the man to replace Critchley at Loftus Road 

‘However, after seeing the team slip from play-off contenders to one being drawn into a relegation battle, the Board felt it had to act.

‘There is no doubt Neil inherited a difficult situation when he joined and we would like to acknowledge his superb work ethic and professionalism throughout our dealings.

‘He is a fantastic man and we have no doubts he will go on to be a success elsewhere, just as he was at Blackpool.’

QPR were top of the league in October under Beale, but following his controversial departure to Rangers in December, Critchley has been unable to get the same kind of level of performance from the squad. 

His only win in charge came with the 1-0 victory over Preston on 17th December, but the loss at the weekend was the club’s third in a row, their fourth in five games and extended an unenviable record of one win in 18 games. 

Les Ferdinand QPR’s director of football added on Critchley’s dismissal: ‘Unfortunately, things have not worked out how any of us would have liked.

‘As we enter into a critical stage of the season, we understand the need for a swift appointment to be made.

‘Stability is key to the success of a football club and this season has presented challenges which have denied us that stability.

‘For us to move forward we must all learn from what has happened and pull together.’

Early favourite Ainsworth is one of English football’s longest serving managers, having been in charge of Wycombe since 2012.  

QPR’s defeat to Middlesbrough at the weekend means they’ve won once in eighteen games 

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