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Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012

Nervy QPR fires manager Warnock


LONDON — Queens Park Rangers fired manager Neil Warnock on Sunday, with the club admitting it feared for its Premier League future.

QPR has lost six of its last eight league matches to sit 17th in the standings, one point above the relegation zone in its first season back in the topflight after 15 years.

Announcing the departure of the manager who led QPR back into the Premier League, the club said: "The board's commitment to retaining our Premier League status ultimately led to this decision."

Warnock's last match in charge saw the west London club held to a 1-1 draw in the F.A. Cup on Saturday by MK Dons of the third tier. Key midfielder Alejandro Faurlin was injured during that match and QPR's survival hopes were dealt a blow on Sunday with the Argentine announcing on Twitter that he had been ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

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