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QPR keep Harford in the dark

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QPR's first victory of 2010 is unlikely to be enough to keep Mick Harford in the manager's job at Loftus Road.

Harford, who was put in charge until the end of the season after Paul Hart walked out in January, broke his win duck at the seventh attempt with a 2-1 success against Doncaster.

Despite the resignation of chairman Flavio Briatore on Friday night, Rangers are believed to be on the look-out for a new permanent boss - their seventh in less than two-and-a-half years since the controversial Italian arrived at the club.

When asked if he expects to be in charge against Middlesbrough next weekend, Harford said: "I don't know.''

He added: "The club needs to appoint a football manager. If it's me, great. If it's not me then they need to bring someone in, long-term, back him and give him the opportunity to take the club forward.

"My remit is just to look after the team. There was no timescale, just look after the team until they appoint a permanent manager.

"If the results had been better I would have been in a stronger position, make no bones about it.

"What I'm bothered about is this club. Whatever they decide has to be for the good of this football club.''

Goals from Antonio German and Jay Simpson did at least ensure Rangers began life after Briatore in style.

Rangers had signed an incredible 47 players since Briatore took charge, so it was heartening to see local lad German given his full debut in attack. And the 18-year-old grabbed his big chance with his first professional goal.

"I thought he was the best player on the pitch,'' added Harford.

"He's technically very good and if he continues to improve he's got a good future.''

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