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Post by Crimey on Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:58 pm

Mark Hughes has been confirmed as the new manager of Queens Park Rangers on a two-and-a-half-year deal.The Welshman was made the favourite to take the job at Loftus Road after the sacking of Neil Warnock on Sunday. "I'm fully aware of the challenge in the short and long term and I am genuinely excited about the ambition of the owners," Hughes said. "The immediate priority is to consolidate our place in the Premier League. The future is very bright."

The 48-year-old, who will lead first-team training later on Tuesday, added that the role filled him with "great enthusiasm". Hughes, who has has previously managed Wales, Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City, left Fulham in June citing his desire "to further my experiences" as "a young, ambitious manager".

QPR lie 17th in the Premier League and have gone eight league games without a win, last picking up three points with a 3-2 win at Stoke on 19 November. Club chairman Tony Fernandes, who completed his takeover in August, believes Hughes' desire to prove himself makes him the ideal appointment. "Mark has a proven track record in the Premier League, bringing a wealth of experience at both club and international level," he said. "He has a great passion to achieve as a manager and has already been hugely successful in his career. His ambitions match those of the board and we are delighted to have him at the helm."

QPR were promoted back to the top flight last season under Warnock and made an encouraging start to the season. They were ninth after the victory at Stoke but have failed to win since then and have slid to within one point of the relegation zone. They also needed a last-minute equaliser from Heidar Helguson to avoid an FA Cup third-round defeat by League One side MK Dons on Saturday.

Hughes' first managerial role was with Wales, taking them to within one game of qualifying for Euro 2004. The former Manchester United and Barcelona striker subsequently took over at Blackburn and, after avoiding relegation in his first season, managed three successive top-10 finishes, attracting the attention of Manchester City in June 2008.

After the Abu Dhabi Group's takeover of the club three months later, Hughes oversaw a spending spree that included the recruitment of Brazilian playmaker Robinho for £32.4m, a British record at the time. The likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Joleon Lescott and Carlos Tevez followed, but Hughes' results failed to match the owners' expectations and he was fired in December 2009 with City sixth in the Premier League.

I think Mark Hughes has made a big mistake here, QPR have a squad full of Premier League rejects who I really think will struggle to stay up, he would have been better off staying at Fulham. I still think that Hughes left Fulham expecting to get the Villa job, Villa scared they'd get in trouble for tapping up Hughes decided to ignore him and now Mark Hughes realises other than Wales job there isn't a huge amount of opportunities for him.

I think QPR will still go down and Hughes will leave or be sacked at the end of the year.

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Post by davidl1061 on Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:58 pm

I think he is on a no brainer really, he will be given money to spend in the transfer window and if they do go down he has the old, 'the players werent given the time to settle in' cliche. They have a good but small group of players that I think can keep them up, they just need additions in a few positions to fill out the squad.

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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:59 pm

he has a good premier league record as well. He has only finished in the bottom half once and that was in his first season with blackburn..however he has got i think all of his prem sides into europe at some point.

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Post by HitmanOwl on Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:00 pm

Qpr will stay up by a country mile. Sparky will then become the next Chelsea boss next season Wink

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Post by AberdeenSteve on Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:44 pm

Best bit about this whole saga, Hughes claiming that QPR have loads of history Laugh

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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:47 pm

AberdeenSteve wrote:Best bit about this whole saga, Hughes claiming that QPR have loads of history Laugh

Laugh that made me chuckle as well.

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Post by spencerclarke on Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:52 pm

I had to raise an eyebrow reading that he had asked for £25m in January. I'm sure if Warnock had that cash he too would have kept them up.

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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:41 pm

he will keep them up, but it will be tight.

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