LONDON - English Championship club Queens Park Rangers sacked Portuguese manager Paulo Sousa on Thursday with immediate effect. QPR said in a statement on its website that Sousa's contract was terminated because "it came to the club's attention that Mr De Sousa had, without authority, divulged highly confidential and sensitive information. "The club, with legal advice, responded in this way to protect its position." It said player-coach Gareth Ainsworth will take over running the team on a temporary basis until the end of the season. QPR are 10th in the Championship standings with an outside chance of making the playoffs. The 38-year-old Sousa, a cultured midfielder in his playing days, was part of Portugal's "golden generation" and made 51 appearances for his country. He was brought in as the third new manager at QPR since Renault Formula One boss Flavio Briatore bought the club with a group of friends, including F1's billionaire supremo Bernie Ecclestone, in September 2007.
9 April 2009
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