QPR sack Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren has been sacked from his position of manager a Queens Park Rangers Football Club.

Steve McClaren Photograph: Thomas Rodenbucher

The 57-year-old was only appointed last May, but had only won once in his last 15 league games in charge.

As a result of that poor run of form, the London club find themselves in 17th place in the Championship and just eight points off the relegation zone.

The former England manager will leave Loftus Road with the task of interim manager falling to assistant, John Eustace.

A statement from QPR explained why McClaren had been relieved of his role.

“Making a decision such as this is never easy, particularly when you are talking about someone as professional and dedicated as Steve.

“It is well documented that we are in a period of transition a we work hard to make the club financially stable.

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“As we look to the future, and taking recent results into account, we feel now is the right time to re-evaluate where we are.”

The team had broken Financial Fair Play rules during the 2013-14 season and had been restricted in the transfer market after agreeing to pay a £42m settlement with the Football League.

Despite not winning a league match since December, McClaren had guided Rangers to an FA Cup fifth round tie.

But that was not enough to save his job and they crashed out of the competition after a defeat to Watford.

During his 11-month tenure at QPR, he managed 16 victories, winning just over a third of his games with a win rate of 35 per cent.