Queens Park Rangers have sacked manager Neil Critchley after the hierarchy believe that the club have been 'drawn into a relegation battle.'

The former Blackpool boss oversaw a run of one win in 12 matches following Michael Beale's departure to Glasgow Rangers.

Now sat in 17th, eight points above the relegation zone, the R's will be looking for their third manager of the campaign.

Wigan Athletic and Cardiff City, fellow strugglers, are also onto their third bosses of the campaign.

QPR CEO Lee Hoos said: “It is hugely disappointing to have to make such a decision so early into Neil’s tenure with the club.

“However, after seeing the team slip from play-off contenders to one being drawn into a relegation battle, the Board felt it had to act.

Reading Chronicle:

“There is no doubt Neil inherited a difficult situation when he joined and we would like to acknowledge his superb work ethic and professionalism throughout our dealings.

“He is a fantastic man and we have no doubts he will go on to be a success elsewhere, just as he was at Blackpool.”

QPR legend and longest-serving EFL manager, Gareth Ainsworth, is favourite to take over his former club- having been at Wycombe Wanderers for over a decade.