23/11/2012 16:09 GMT

Harry Redknapp Set To Replace Mark Hughes As QPR Manager

Queens Park Rangers have made contact with Harry Redknapp about the club's vacant managerial role after Mark Hughes was sacked on Friday morning.

Redknapp, dismissed by Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, is the sole candidate QPR are considering but any appointment will come after Saturday's Premier League match at Manchester United.

A spokesman for Redknapp confirmed "talks will be beginning shortly".

Hughes was fired with QPR, languishing at the foot of the table, without a Premier League win all season, having promised in May "We will never be in this situation again while I am manager" after the club staved off relegation.

Should Redknapp, 65, join the Loftus Road side they will become the sixth English league club he has managed in 29 years.

Redknapp began his coaching career at Bournemouth in 1983, overseeing their shock defeat of FA Cup holders Manchester United in the third-round the following year.

He replaced Billy Bonds at West Ham United in 1994, where he spent seven years consolidating the Hammers' status as a Premier League club until he left to become director of football at Portsmouth in 2001, where he was soon promoted to manager.


Redknapp looks set to replace Hughes

Redknapp oversaw Pompey's promotion to the Premier League as champions of Division One in 2003 but resigned in November 2004, soon taking charge at the club's local nemesis Southampton. Some Portsmouth fans even bore T-shirts which referred to Redknapp as "Scummer" and "Judas" and called for him to "Rot In Hell".

But Redknapp returned to Fratton Park in December 2005 after Southampton had been relegated, successfully turning around Portsmouth's fortunes as they avoided relegation.

The club won the FA Cup - Redknapp's sole honour as a manager - in 2008 after a 1-0 victory against Cardiff City in the final for their first major trophy since 1950. Juande Ramos' autumn sacking by Tottenham prompted them to appoint Redknapp, who guided the club to fourth in his first full season as Spurs finally clinched Champions League football.

Spurs defeated holders Internazionale and AC Milan en route to the quarter-finals in 2011 but their league form suffered as a consequence. In Redknapp's final campaign they finished fourth again but Chelsea's Champions League win denied them a berth in this season's competition.