However, six months later and Hughes has been handed a two-and-a-half year deal at Queens Park Rangers, with the board at Loftus Road feeling that Neil Warnock wasn’t up to the job of ensuring the Hoops’ survival this season.
Hughes appeared in his first press conference on Wednesday and confirmed that Joey Barton would remain captain, while he also claimed that he was looking to stay with the club for several seasons.
He told the club’s website: “Joey’s the captain and I see no reason to change that, as we speak. Obviously, I’ll be having conversations with all the players and understanding the dynamics of the team. But it’s not my intention to take the captaincy away.
“I needed to understand what the owners want for the club and that was communicated to me very, very quickly and with great enthusiasm and passion.
“My last couple of positions haven’t lasted as long as I wanted them to so now I’m wanting longevity. I’m looking forward and really happy with the decision I’ve made, very excited by what is ahead of us. QPR are a club who want to go places and build from the bottom up, and that fitted very, very comfortably with where I feel my career needs to go now.”