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Tuesday 10 January 2012

QPR name Hughes as new manager

Former Blackburn, Man City and Fulham boss replaces Neil Warnock at Loftus Road

Mark Hughes takes his first job in football since leaving Fulham last summer

Queens Park Rangers have appointed Mark Hughes as their new manager.

The Welshman joins the Loftus Road club on a two-and-a-half year contract two days after they parted company with former boss Neil Warnock.

Hughes will take first-team training for the first time on Tuesday afternoon with the rest of his backroom staff Mark Bowen, Eddie Niedzwiecki and Kevin Hitchcock, who have also been appointed.

"It's a great feeling to be back and I am genuinely excited about the ambition of the owners"
- Mark Hughes

"It's a great feeling to be back in football and to be the manager of QPR," Hughes told the club's official website (

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

"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."

QPR are 17th in the Barclays Premier League after winning promotion from the Championship last season, hovering one point and one place above the relegation zone.

Hughes left his last role as Fulham manager at the end of the 2010-11 season, and before that had been in charge at Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and with the Wales national team.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes added: "Mark has a proven track record in the Premier League, bringing a wealth of experience at both club and international level.

"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."

Hughes' first match in charge of QPR will be a Barclays Premier League trip to Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Arena on Sunday.

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Key Points

  • Mark Hughes new manager of Queens Park Rangers
  • Hughes left Fulham at the end of last season
  • Welshman replaces former boss Neil Warnock