Mark Hughes’ 10-month reign at QPR in his own words

Kieran Beckles takes a look at Mark Hughes' memorable soundbites from his 10-month reign at Queens Park Rangers

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Mark Hughes took over at Queens Park Rangers in January 2012 Photo: The Sport Review

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Sparky is unveiled to the media

“My last couple of positions haven’t lasted as long as I wanted them to so now I’m wanting longevity. I’ve just had my first day at the training ground. I’m certainly not thinking of leaving any time soon.”

Coming to terms with size of the task

February: “It’s a challenge for everybody here. Obviously from our point of view and where we are in the league at the moment, we need start getting points on the board.”

Hughes on working with Barton and Cisse

“I’ve managed quite a few characters in my time. These two [Joey Barton and Djibril Cisse] are among a number of characters that won’t test you, but make your day interesting and they keep the world turning around. I would never just want guys that are in one box and never show any emotion or any character. It’s about marrying different characters and personalities and making sure they function as a group.”

‘Loftus Road is our fortress’

April: “From our point of view, it’s a definite advantage for us playing at Loftus Road – that’s a given. The crowd are so close to the players and they drive us on and we feed off that. So that’s why our performances at home have been so exceptional in recent weeks.”

Hughes: I know what it takes to beat relegation

“I came in when Blackburn were second from bottom. The only difference was I had more time then. I came in when there had only been four or five games played whereas this time there were only 18 games left. We’ve been here before. We understand what’s required.”

Hughes on Premier League survival

13 May: “The club wasn’t ready for the Premier League but we are moving very quickly, There is no way we will be in this situation again in my time here.”

Summer transfer policy

August: “I think if I brought in a shed load of players from Europe who’ve never experienced the Premier League, there would be more of a concern. The majority of them are very well versed in what is required to win Premier League games. That’s why it gives me comfort.”

‘Swansea loss could be a blessing’

August: “It might be the making of us to be honest. All in all it is a poor start to the season but it could be a blessing, get it out of the way, get it out of the system, and come back.”

Hughes on west London derby

September: “It’s about the here and now, and making sure we perform on the day. I feel confident that we’ve got a good team with the right amount of ability to give anyone a game. We have to play to our full potential because they’re the European champions and it’s a big test.”

We still believe

October: “At the moment we’re finding it difficult to get results in line with our performances. We haven’t picked up as many points as we’d have hoped. But there’s real belief in what we’re doing. Once we get more games under our belts, we’ll be fine.”

Excuses, excuses?

“We all want to do well for Tony [Fernandes], Amit [Bhatia] and all the shareholders. They’ve made a huge investment here and it’s our job to make sure they get the return on that. We said there may be a possibility this might occur and we would have to come through it. We’ll be in good shape by the end of the season, but initially, we did flag up that we might struggle.”

Redknapp reports

“I don’t think we’re talking in the terms of fighting for my job. I understand the reasons of why we are where we are, the focus on us isn’t going to go away until we start winning games. So why worry about it? I’m not at all [worried about Redknapp getting my job]. I know how hard I work and what my staff do on a daily basis.”

Big-name stars will come good

“They’ve got a different mentality – a winner’s mentality. That has to come to the fore – and it has done. We will turn this round because of the players that I have in my group.”

Hughes unworried by rumours ahead of Saints game

“It [my future] doesn’t hinge on the Southampton match at all. What we’re trying to do is move the club forward. Unfortunately, at the moment, the focus is on the results and we know that’s how it works. But the club itself has moved in massive direction forward since I’ve come through the door which is because of the work that I’ve done and my staff, the support I’ve had from the owners, and CEO Phillip Beard.”

‘I intend to see this through’

“The club needs stability. Maybe this is a watershed moment as we can’t get much lower. It’s my intention to see it through I knew this job was going to be problematic. I was quite prepared to raise expectations as I thought we’d have a good season.”

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