Steve McClaren has been sacked as Queens Park Rangers manager, the club have announced.

The former England manager joined the Loftus Road club last summer but has been sacked with the club 17th in the Championship table and only eight points clear of the relegation zone.

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand said in a statement: "Steve has worked incredibly hard during his time with us but as we start to make plans for next year we feel this change is necessary now, rather than wait until the end of the season, or risk having to make such a decision early in the new campaign."