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QPR appoint Magilton as manager

Jim Magilton
Magilton was replaced as Ipswich manager by Roy Keane

Queens Park Rangers have appointed former Ipswich boss Jim Magilton as their new manager.

The 40-year-old former Northern Ireland international, who left Portman Road in April, has signed a two-year deal at Loftus Road.

He told the club's website: "I'm really looking to the challenge of managing this great football club.

"The board are highly ambitious but they are very realistic, I have huge ambitions to achieve though."

Magilton took Ipswich to 14th in the Championship table in his first season and eighth last term but was sacked in April after failing to secure a play-off spot.

The Tractor Boys finished the season in ninth place and 12 points off the play-off zone and Magilton was soon replaced by Roy Keane.

QPR took 11th spot in the Championship this season, five points behind Magilton's former club.

Magilton added: "Our aim is to keep progressing, year after year.

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"There is a very strong group of players and with one or two additions we can expect to drastically improve on the 11th place finish secured last season."

Magilton will be the Flavio Briatore-led board's fifth manager since they took over in August 2007 (with two caretakers: Mick Harford and Gareth Ainsworth) and QPR's seventh in three-and-a-half years.

Under Briatore, John Gregory was sacked, Luigi De Canio left for personal reasons, Iain Dowie was sacked and Paulo Sousa had his contract terminated in April.

Rangers chairman Briatore said: "We had an incredibly high number of applicants, but Jim was the stand-out candidate for the role.

"We (the board) sat down with him on four separate occasions to discuss our goals and ambitions and he has really impressed myself, co-owners Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal and vice-chairman Amit Bhatia with his knowledge, understanding and passion for football."

Magilton's assistant manager is expected to be appointed in the next few weeks.



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