Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Double whammy as Magilton and Rodgers leave posts

Jim Magilton last night left Queens Park Rangers by mutual consent - just hours after fellow Ulsterman Brendan Rodgers headed out of Reading.

Magilton’s six-month spell at Loftus Road looked like it had become untenable after he was involved in an alleged head-butting incident with QPR player Akos Buzsaky following defeat to Watford earlier this month.

Magilton was suspended following the incident and his assistant John Gorman refused to pick up the reins in his absence.

But now Magilton and Gorman have gone, apparently after Buzsaky issued an ultimatum to QPR chiefs that either Magilton goes, or he does.

The club have seemingly backed their player and released a statement thanking the former Northern Ireland international for his work during the short time in west London.

“Jim Magilton and assistant John Gorman have left QPR by mutual consent,” they said.

“It has been agreed that it is in the best interests of the Club and Jim Magilton, if the parties move on in their separate ways.

“The club would like to wish both Jim Magilton and John Gorman good luck in the future and thank them for their hard work.”

Paul Hart has become the favourite to replace Magilton while Gareth Southgate and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink have also both been linked.

The news of Magilton’s departure came soon after Rodgers’ equally short reign at the Royals — who are languishing in 21st place in the Championship — came to an end.

Rodgers began his coaching career at the club, before making a name for himself as Academy boss at Chelsea, with the Carnlough man taking over from Steve Coppell as boss at the Madejski Stadium in June this year.

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