Mark Hughes confirmed as new Queens Park Rangers manager

Mark Hughes signs two-and-a-half year deal with Loftus Road club following dismissal of Neil Warnock on Sunday

Mark Hughes has been appointed as the new manager of Queens Park Rangers after penning a two-and-a-half year deal with the Londoners.

Hughes, who takes over from Neil Warnock after he was sacked on Sunday, said: “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.”

QPR owner 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, who quit Fulham last summer, will be joined by assistant manager Mark Bowen, first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki and goalkeeping coach Kevin Hitchcock.

Hughes guided Blackburn Rovers to seventh place in the 2007-08 Premier League campaign, before moving to Manchester City at the start of the following season.

City finished 10th in Hughes’ first season in charge at Eastlands before his spell in Manchester ended in December 2009, when he was replaced by Roberto Mancini.

Hughes then led Fulham to an eighth-place finish last season and Europa League qualification through the Fair Play League before leaving Craven Cottage.

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