Struggling QPR sack coach after 12 games

Queens Park Rangers, an English second-tier struggler, fired manager Neil Critchley after only 12 games in charge, the club announced on Sunday. 

Critchley was appointed on a three-and-a-half-year contract in December, following Michael Beale's departure from the west London club the previous month to take over as manager of Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers. 

Critchley, a former Blackpool manager, oversaw a 1-0 victory in his first match as QPR manager, and it proved to be the only one of his tenure at Loftus Road. 

QPR are currently 17th in the Championship table, eight points above the relegation zone, and were also eliminated from the FA Cup last month by third-tier Fleetwood. 

QPR chief executive Lee Hoos said sacking Critchley was "disappointing" but that "after seeing the team slip from play-off contenders to one being drawn into a relegation battle, the board felt it had to act".

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