JIM MAGILTON has beaten a score of candidates to secure a two-year contract and become QPR’s eighth manager in three years.
The former Ipswich boss signed on the dotted line this morning – and starts work on rebuilding the team immediately.
The appointment of the ex-Northern Ireland international comes almost two months after Paulo Sousa became the last incumbent of the Loftus Road hot-seat to feel the wrath of the board and get sacked.
Magilton beat off the likes of Aidy Boothroyd, Steve Cotterill, Colin Calderwood, former boss Luigi Di Canio, not to mention another 16 or so managers who also chucked their names into the hat, ‘because he has the finger on the pulse of what championship football is all about’ according to one Rs insider.
The source added: "He has exactly the background for Championship success – and after three years with Ipswich, he knows what to do.
"He’s twice come very close with Ipswich – and QPR believe he can take the final step up and take the team into the Premiership."
Chairman Flavio Britaore privately admitted he got burned by appointing Sousa, who came with a recommendation from Fabio Capello, but no knowledge of the second tier of English football.
Interestingly, Magilton was reportedly fired by the Tractor Boys in April because he failed to get them in the play-offs despite heavy investment in the team.
Briatore is reluctant to shell out millions in order to secure a dream return by Rangers to the top-flight after 13 years.
So the new man at the helm has been told he needs to wheel-and-deal with the squad he’s inherited or pick up Bosmans to change the team into his own image.
Magilton’s first decision is to decide whether to go ahead with the combined £2.5 million switch of Dexter Blackstock and Lee Camp to Nottingham Forest, as well as allowing Roy Keane to buy Damien Delaney and spirit the defender away to of all places – Ipswich.