NEIL Warnock has insisted he – and he alone – will choose new recruits at Loftus Road .

As part of the three-and-a-half year contract that brings the 61-year-old to west London, Warnock has dispensed with the services of sporting director Gianni Paladini , who last night quit the defunct role to become chairman of QPR Co Ltd.

Paladini played the major role in signing the 100-plus players that pulled on the hoops during the last six years – but admitted he was glad to hand the reins over to Warnock.

He said: "Neil wanted it that way, and I believe it will be good for QPR . There will be not one moment of interference from the board who have allowed him free rein to do as he wishes.

"The buck stops with the manager, and that’s as it should be."

Paladini was heavily criticised by fans for bringing in players that sees Rangers hovering just above the Championship drop-zone – but also took flak for being closely associated with the former regime headed by chairman Flavio Briatore that got through 11 changes of management since John Gregory was sacked in October 2007.

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