QPR confirm Mark Hughes as new manager after Neil Warnock dismissal
Published 10/01/2012 | 17:12
QPR have announced that Mark Hughes is their new manager, signing a two-and-a-half year deal following the dismissal of Neil Warnock on Sunday.
The former Manchester City manager joins Queens Park Rangers with the London club moving quickly to plug the gap left by Warnock who was sacked after 22 months in charge.
Hughes, 48, has been out of the game since leaving Fulham at the end of last season, citing a lack of ambition from QPR's west London neighbours.
The former Welsh international is looking forward a new challenge at Loftus Road. "It's a great feeling to be back in football and to be the Manager of QPR," he said on QPR'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.
"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."
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said: "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 takes charge of a QPR side one point clear of the relegation zone. His first game is away at Newcastle on Saturday, but he will be without suspended midfielder Joey Barton and Argentine Alejandro Faurlin, who is out for the season with a cruciate ligament injury.