Hart heads for Loftus Road

by Neil Sherwin

Football - Stoke City v Portsmouth Barclays Premier League

Paul Hart has taken over as manager of Queens Park Rangers, replacing Jim Magilton who left the club by mutual consent.

Former Portsmouth boss Hart takes over until the end of the season having left Fratton Park last month.

The 56 year old has set his sights on a top six finish, telling the club’s official website that they need to believe.

“I feel, that with the performance at West Brom on Monday in front of a live TV audience, that we’ve put ourselves right back in a position where we can have a say,” he said.

“I know how it works. If we can be in the top-six at the turn of the year, it will be very difficult for us to be shifted out.

“It won’t be easy, but if we keep our discipline and perform to the standards I know we can achieve, we can do it.”

Magilton was suspended by the club following what was described as a “difference of opinion” with midfielder Akos Buzsaky.

A club statement read: “Recent events have been widely reported and whilst Jim Magilton completely denies the allegations, with the full support of [his assistant] John Gorman, it has been agreed it is in the best interests of the club and Jim Magilton if the parties move on in their separate ways.

“The club would like to wish both Jim Magilton and John Gorman good luck in the future and thank them for their hard work.”

QPR are currently in 12th place in the Coca Cola Championship.

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