QPR sack manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink after poor run of form
QPR have sacked manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
The 44-year-old Dutchman has left the club following a poor run of form which has left them in 17th place in the Championship. Saturday's 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest was not enough to save his job.
Hasselbaink celebrated wildly following Idrissa Sylla's late equaliser at the City Ground, insisting afterwards his actions had nothing to do with speculation linking Tim Sherwood with his job.
But hours later Rangers announced in a statement on their website that they had "parted company" with the former Burton boss.
The statement added: "The club appreciates Jimmy's efforts during his time in charge and wishes him all the best for the future.
"Owing to the international break, the first-team squad will return to training on Wednesday. A further update regarding the club's managerial situation will be made in due course."
After QPR's draw at Forest Hasselbaink had denied his celebrations were an indication he thought a point might have saved his job, and also urged the club to give him more time.
''If [the QPR hierarchy] are going to do something, that is the nature of the game,'' he said immediately after the match. ''I was not celebrating because of that, I was celebrating because we had 10 men but we still got a point.
''Because of the manner we played, we deserved to get a goal. That is why I was celebrating. That was my emotion at the time, I was celebrating us getting goal. The rest, whatever happens, is just football.
''We have some young players we are trying to develop. We have foreign players we are trying to bed into the team. They will get better. All these things take time.''
In the end, though, Hasselbaink was given less than a year. He joined the club in December 2015 after a successful spell at Burton, whom he led to promotion to League One.
However, he could only muster 14 wins, drawing 18 and losing 15 during his time at Loftus Road.
Saturday's draw left QPR six points off the relegation places, but also only six points off a play-off place. They face Norwich after the international break.