QPR sack Gareth Ainsworth as head coach following 2-1 home defeat to Leicester | Football News

QPR sit 23rd in Championship having lost 10 of their 14 games so far this season; Gareth Ainsworth was appointed as head coach in February after more than a decade at Wycombe

QPR have sacked head coach Gareth Ainsworth.

Ainsworth departed the club after they were beaten 2-1 by Leicester at home on Saturday leaving them 23rd in the the Championship.

QPR have lost 10 of their 14 league matches this term and Ainsworth’s assistant Richard Dobson has also left the club.

QPR said in a statement: “Gareth Ainsworth has departed with immediate effect. We’d like to thank Gareth for his commitment, desire, passion and professionalism. He’ll always be welcome in W12.”

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QPR CEO Lee Hoos added on the club’s official website: “Making a call such as this is never easy, and it is even more difficult when you have such respect on both a personal and professional level for the individuals concerned – which we all do for Gareth and Richard.

“Many supporters have told me in recent months that they have never wanted someone to succeed more than Gareth, which is an indication of the fondness everyone associated with QPR has for him.

“Unfortunately, results this season haven’t gone the way we all wanted and we feel a change is necessary.

“Gareth has been a pleasure to work with from the moment he arrived and I am truly sorry this has not worked out as we all had hoped.

“On behalf of the board, I wholeheartedly thank Gareth for his commitment, desire, passion and professionalism. We all have the utmost respect for him, and he will always be welcome here.

“We understand the importance of appointing a new head coach quickly and an announcement on this will follow in the coming days.”

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