QPR have sacked Chris Ramsey as their head coach and placed Neil Warnock in temporary charge at Loftus Road.
Ramsey was relieved of his duties after Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat against Derby – a result that left them 13th in the league.
Ramsey leaves the role with Rangers in 13th, a poor return considering they were among pre-season favourites to return to the Premier League.
Tuesday’s 1-0 loss at Derby – a second in a row and a fourth successive defeat on the road – proved to be the undoing of Ramsey, who won nine of his 32 games in charge.
“We’ve made this decision in the best interests of the football club,” said QPR director of football Les Ferdinand.
“It’s no secret that we expected to sell some key players in the summer transfer window, and as such, our target at the start of the season reflected that.
“However, keeping these players at the club has seen the mandate change, owing to what we believe this squad is capable of.
“We’re all desperately disappointed it hasn’t worked out with Chris. He has had to deal with this shift in expectation and has worked incredibly hard in doing so.”
Rangers added that the search for a replacement would immediately begin but that Warnock, Rs boss between 2010 and 2012, would take over on a temporary basis.
He guided Rangers to the Championship title and Premier League football in 2011 before losing his job under the new regime of Tony Fernandez.
He has since been at Leeds and Crystal Palace, but returned to Loftus Road to work as an adviser to Ramsey last month.
Warnock’s first game will come at home to Preston on Saturday.