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Jim Magilton has been appointed as the new manager of Queens Park Rangers.

The former Liverpool youth product today (Wednesday) penned a two year deal with QPR which will see him through to the end of the 2010-11 season.

Vital QPR can reveal that the club were hoping to persuade Luigi De Canio to come back to Loftus Road, explaining the length of negotiations as De Canio was still in a post at Lecce.

The former QPR boss has opted to remain in Italy and was hoping to take the job at Bari once an anticipated move from Antonio Conte came to fruition.

Once Conte took the unprecedented step of penning a new deal De Canio was left without a job after QPR had put their faith in Jim Magilton, a man they had interviewed four times.

Magilton takes over from caretaker manager Gareth Ainsworth who had his second stint in the interim position following the departure of Paulo Sousa.

The former Northern Ireland international took over from Joe Royle at Ipswich and steered the Tractor Boys to a 14th placed finish in 2006/07.

The following season he managed to build a formidable home record at Portman Road but it wasn`t enough to attain at playoff place as the blues finished eighth to miss out by a solitary point.

Last season Magilton`s Ipswich flattered to deceive despite significant investment in the side and the local newspaper called for him to be sacked. He clung on to pick up two classy wins over Queens Park Rangers - the latter at Loftus Road live on Sky.

Owner Marcus Evans then saw fit to sack Magilton out of the blue by telephone while the Northern Irishman was on compassionate leave, days later Roy Keane was appointed to the vacant post.

Magilton will be tasked with improving the playing staff and indeed the style of play with sections of support critical over Rangers poor product on the field since the departure of Luigi De Canio.

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Date:Wednesday June 3 2009
Time: 1:00PM


You haven't exactly painted a glittering picture of him, and I don't fully understand the point about signing him even though LDC was in limbo, unless he knew he was in limbo but still said no to us. That doesn't paint us in a good light. But, well done Jim, and good luck - for all our sakes
03/06/2009 13:14:00
It's just the facts really - We were looking at Gigi, and he wasn't keen on returning.
03/06/2009 13:20:00
Let's get behind the newan - let's give him chance ;-)
03/06/2009 13:24:00
I am 100% behind Jim, while we may not be entirely successful initially we will see good football!! Hallelujah!!
03/06/2009 13:27:00
Let's get behind the newan - let's give him chance ;-)
03/06/2009 13:30:00
I feel slightly deflated after all the (tabloid) talk of Zico and Tappia, but nevertheless- good luck Jim. I just hope he plays un-boring, attractive football. With TWO strikers up front!
03/06/2009 15:38:00
Gregory, Dowie, Magilton...... what's the difference really ? Was hoping for a more ambitious appointment. His record at Ipswich doesn't fill me with confidence. Let us just hope we bring in some TOP players to do the job of getting us up.
kiwi park ranger
03/06/2009 20:07:00
I heard the news and I roared with laughter - what has happened to the so called richest club in London?
03/06/2009 20:23:00
More constructive comments from our neighbours down the road, how's that integrity boosting £71m bid for Kaka going?
04/06/2009 01:25:00
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