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Tommy Smith: Neil Warnock's sacking was a shock

Smith: Warnock's sacking was a shock
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QPR forward Tommy Smith admits his 'shock' at the departure of Neil Warnock but believes that the appointment of Mark Hughes is "great news" for the Premier League club.

Queens Park Rangers forward Tommy Smith has revealed that Neil Warnock's dismissal was "out of the blue" but is looking forward to new leadership under Mark Hughes.

The former Fulham boss was announced as QPR's manager yesterday following the sacking of Warnock on Sunday.

"I was very shocked [at Warnock's sacking], really," Smith told BBC Radio Five Live. "Generally, in the build-up to a sacking, you hear rumours and there weren't really much going round. It did come slightly out of the blue.

"Everyone involved really wanted a quick appointment and to get someone of Mark's calibre and having got him in so quickly, it's great news."

Hughes has the task of ensuring that the R's steer clear of relegation by improving on their 17th-placed position in the Premier League table.

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