Mark Hughes excited by challenge of becoming QPR manager

QPR have wasted little time in finding a replacement for Neil Warnock, with Mark Hughes appointed 48 hours after the previous Rangers manager was sacked

QPR have wasted little time in finding a replacement for Neil Warnock, with Mark Hughes appointed 48 hours after the previous Rangers manager was sacked.

It appears as though club owner Tony Fernandes had Hughes in mind to take the reins well before Rangers’ FA Cup tie at MK Dons on Saturday, with the Welshman opening talks with the west London club on Monday before agreeing a two-and-a-half year deal on Tuesday.

Hughes has previously managed three other Premier League clubs, starting his club management career with Blackburn before taking charge of Manchester City and Fulham.

The former Wales manager told the club’s website: “It’s a great feeling to be back in football and to be the manager of QPR.

“I’m fully aware of the challenge in the short and long term and I am genuinely excited about the ambition of the owners.

“Nobody can doubt the history of this great football club and the passion of its fantastically loyal supporters.

“Now the immediate priority is to consolidate our place in the Barclays Premier League, but beyond that, the future is very bright and fills me with great enthusiasm.”

Hughes had previously walked out of Craven Cottage citing a lack of ambition on the part of the west London club and he must have been given a vision of QPR challenging for European places in the Premier League over the coming seasons.

However, the challenge this season is to keep Rangers in the Premier League after a winless run stretching back several games.

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