Hart walks out after just five games - breaking news
Friday, 15th Jan 2010 10:54
Paul Hart has left QPR by 'mutual consent' after just five matches in charge.
11pm - Sky Sports News reports that Paul Hart has left QPR by mutual consent after just 28 games and five days in charge at Loftus Road. Hart won just one of those matches, against Bristol City, and his tactics and substitutions have been routinely abused and booed by the QPR fans.
11.20pm - The Daily Telegraph reports that Mick Harford is ready to succeed Hart at Loftus Road. The paper claims the QPR board still regrets not allowing Harford to continue as manager in 2007 when his successful caretaker spell in charge was cut short by the appointment of Luigi De Canio. The paper also claims a disagreement with Adel Taarabt over his lack of first team action is at the heart of the decision.
Midnight - Sky declare Hart's reign to be one of the shortest ever - beaten only by Leroy Rosenior at Torquay (ten minutes) and Dave Bassett at Crystal Palace (four days). Steve Coppell's infamous spell at Man City lasted five days longer than Hart's 28 days at Loftus Road.
9am - The club confirms to subscribers of its official text messaging service that Paul Hart has "decided to leave" the club with immediate effect.
The former Portsmouth manager took over from Jim Magilton in December but has only lasted for five games. Strained relations between Hart and midfielder Adel Taarabt, are believed to behind his departure, with the 20-year-Moroccan unhappy at only making the starting line-up twice. Mick Harford, who was Hart's assistant manager, is expected to takeover as caretaker manager for this weekend's game against Blackpool. - London Evening Standard
9.30am - The club's official website confirms that Paul Hart has "decided to leave" the club after five matches in charge and he is to be replaced by Mick Harford who will be in charge for the game at Blackpool on Saturday.
10am - The Ealing Gazette, normally a paper with excellent connections at QPR, reports that Hart's preference for long ball football cost him his job at the club.
3pm - League Managers' Associaition CEO Richard Bevan said: “I am able to say that Paul Hart has left the football club. I understand that he was very unhappy with certain situations which have to remain confidential and felt that resignation was in the best interests of all concerned. Paul wants to thank his staff and the fans for their support during his period at the club and wishes them, and the club, well for the future”.
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