Following his team’s home loss to Leicester City, QPR fired Gareth Ainsworth. The club announced after the 2-1 setback that the 50-year-old had departed his position effective immediately. QPR CEO Lee Hoos said in a statement: “Making a call like this is never easy, and it is much more difficult when you have such respect for the people involved—which we all do for Gareth and Richard (Dobson) on both a personal and professional level.
“In recent months, a lot of fans have told me that they have never wanted someone to succeed more than Gareth, which is a testament to how much everyone at QPR feels about him. Regretfully, the outcomes of this season have fallen short of our expectations, and we believe a modification is required.”
After defeating Cardiff 2-1 on August 12, the Rs have lost their last 12 league and cup matches. Furthermore, Ainsworth drops them to 23rd place in the Championship, six points outside of safety.
revered by the team where he played for seven seasons, from 2003 to 2010, at Loftus Road. Because of this, his February return to management was much anticipated. He had been praised for his efforts during his 11 years as Wycombe Wanderers’ manager.
However, the team had a bad run of play after he arrived, finishing the season in 20th place, barely two spots above the drop zone. After that, Ainsworth stated in the open that he wanted to make “big changes” in the summer, but he was put under pressure after losing to Watford 4-0 at home on opening day.
Even though the club’s situation is fragile, Hoos commended the hard ethic of the now-ex-manager, Gareth, saying, “I am truly sorry this has not worked out as we all had hoped.” The victory in South Wales a week later proved to be a false dawn.
“I would want to express my sincere gratitude to Gareth on behalf of the board for his dedication, passion, and professionalism. He is extremely respected by all of us, and he is always welcome here. We recognise how critical it is to choose a new head coach as soon as possible, and we will make an announcement on this in the days to come.”
It’s interesting to note when the choice was made. The new manager’s first match will be crucial, away to Rotherham on Saturday, who are one point ahead of QPR in 22nd position.