Murphy steps into managerial hot seat for first time as Hasselbaink leaves R's
Interesting developments at Loftus Road today. Recently appointed boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has resigned from his role as manager as Queens Park Rangers just days after making the switch from League One side Burton Albion.
The Dutchman, 43, had previously won promotion to League One with Burton which resulted in Championship outfit QPR hiring the former Chelsea and Leeds striker.
Hasselbaink has explained the reason behind his departure on the club's official website:
"I am very sorry to be leaving this club so soon. I had big plans for the future here but I've had to return home to Holland for the foreseeable future. There's some personal things going on for me and it's not fair for the club to have to suffer because of my divided attention.
The welcome I received here when I joined was incredible and I know that whoever comes in after me will be stepping into a wonderful environment. There is a good squad here and I think one that is capable of a return to the top flight.
I am looking to come back into management when all of my issues have settled, so who knows? Maybe one day I will cross paths with Queens Park Rangers again."
R's chairman Tony Fernandes has acted quickly to bring in a replacement for the outgoing Hasselbaink by announcing the appointment of Match of the Day pundit and ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy.
Murphy will leave his role at the BBC immediately as he looks to turn his attention to what will be his first managerial role since his retirement from football in 2013.
Many QPR fans have met the news of Murphy's appointment with optimism, with one supporter writing: "One of my favourite @BBCMOTD pundits. Knows a lot about the game. It's a risk but I think it's going to pay off! #QPR".
Murphy himself has been speaking to the media from Loftus Road this afternoon following his appointment, and has laid out his plan for the coming season.
"I want to be here for a while. This is a great opportunity I've been gifted by the club and I intend to repay their faith in me. I'm very confident of our chances this season. We've got one of the better squads in the division and I think we'll go up.
My aim is to get every single player in the squad to go out onto the pitch and give 110% week in week out. Consistency is so key and I'm relying on these lads to step it up this season. I'll do my part of course, but ultimately it's the performances that are going to matter."