“Mark has shown integrity and professionalism throughout his time here, but ultimately the circumstances we find ourselves in have left the Board of Directors with very little choice but to make a change,” read a Rangers statement. Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki will take charge of Saturday’s game.
Last meeting: QPR were up against it at OT in April after Shaun Derry was controversially sent off early on for bringing down Ashley Young in the box. Wayne Rooney converted the resultant penalty and United laid siege to Rangers’ goal thereafter, but only made the game safe 20 minutes from time through Scholes’ long-ranger.
Did you know? United faced QPR in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first home game in charge, on 22 November 1986, winning 1-0 through John Sivebaek’s goal.
Star man: QPR have spent big over the last couple of seasons on numerous proven top-flight players, which makes their current plight all the more puzzling. Ex-Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse remains capable of upsetting any team with his pace and directness, while talented youngster David Hoilett has impressed since moving from Blackburn.
Quote/unquote: "It’s probably a lesson to everyone that changing a team and bringing 11 new players in to the league is not easy. But I am surprised they’ve only got four points.” – Sir Alex Ferguson