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Neil Warnock is named manager of Queens Park Rangers

Neil Warnock
Warnock took charge of Crystal Palace in October 2007

QPR have appointed Neil Warnock as their fifth manager of the season on a three-and-a-half-year after agreeing compensation with Crystal Palace.

Warnock, 61, replaces caretaker boss Mick Harford and brings assistant boss Mick Jones and first-team coach Keith Curle with him across London.

"This is the perfect time to come in, with the new chairman and structure in place," he told QPR's website.

"Together we can give the club the stability it needs."

He added: "As a manager, Loftus Road is always a place I love because of the fantastic atmosphere there."

Palace administrator Brendan Guilfoyle told the club website: "I did everything I could to persuade Neil to stay. Further to an approach from QPR, Neil expressed his desire to leave."

Hoops defender Mikele Leigertwood, who worked with Warnock when he narrowly failed to avert Sheffield United's relegation from the Premier League in 2007, was thrilled with the appointment.

"His man-management skills are brilliant, really," said Leigertwood, who has seen his QPR side slide to just three points above the relegation zone under four different managers.

"We've been on a bad run so I'm sure he'll come in and give us that much-needed enthusiasm and stability that we've craved."

QPR chairman Ishan Saksena said Warnock was "always our number one target" as manager, adding: "He has great experience in English football and a phenomenal track record."

Palace are currently in administration, and Warnock confirmed to BBC Sheffield last week that the clubs were in talks.


But he said: "There is no way I am going to walk out. If they can agree compensation then that's different."

The Eagles went into administration last month and suffered a subsequent 10-point deduction.

It dropped them from play-off contention in the Championship to a battle against relegation.

The deduction capped a difficult period for Palace during which they were subject to a transfer embargo and players and staff had their wages delayed.

They also had to sell highly rated leading scorer Victor Moses to Wigan for a cut-price fee believed to around £2.5m.

QPR's turbulent season has also seen them part company with owner Flavio Briatore, who stepped down as chairman of Queens Park Rangers Holdings on 19 February.

Warnock, who has also had spells in charge of Bury, Oldham and Plymouth amongst others, is the west London outfit's 12th manager in four years.

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