No guarantees for Hughes

New manager Hughes pledged his long-term future to Rangers at

his unveiling on Wednesday, insisting he had no intention of

reneging on his two-and-a-half-year contract, even if the worst

happened.

But QPR chief executive Philip Beard declined to give a

cast-iron assurance the club would reciprocate.

Asked if they would stick with Hughes should Rangers fail to

survive this season, Beard said: “Every football club – and there

are probably 12 or 13 of them – have got to contemplate what

happens if they don’t perform as well as they need to on the

pitch.

“That doesn’t mean our shareholders go away and we pack up our

bags and don’t implement what we’ve been talking about.

“The aim is that Mark is here for a very long time and sees

through the objectives and the aims.

“I’m a small cog in the wheel but I came here because I believe

that the shareholders have got a vision that they want to

implement. My job is to try to do that off the pitch and I hope

we’ve found the manager – the right person – to come and do it for

us on the pitch.”

Pressed further on whether Hughes would definitely be in charge

next season, come what may, Beard added: “I hope so.

“As far as I’m concerned, Mark is here now to help us fulfil

both on the pitch what we want to achieve and help me with his

expertise and his team implementing a training ground we can be

proud of for the club.”

Rangers sacked Neil Warnock on Sunday after they slumped to

within a point of the relegation zone and Beard confirmed they had

plans in place should they suffer an immediate return to the npower

Championship.

“My job is to make sure that the business can be effective for

the medium and long-term,” he said.

“I look at business plans all the time and contingency plans

going forward.

“I hope what we’ve done over the last couple of days means that

I don’t have to get those numbers out.

“But I’d be crazy to say that I haven’t even thought about what

we’d be doing if we didn’t stay in the Premier League.”