Hughes deciding whether QPR job matches ambitions

Hughes deciding whether QPR job matches ambitions

Published Jan. 9, 2012 8:22 p.m. ET

Mark Hughes will hold more talks with Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday before deciding whether the Premier League strugglers can match his ambitions after seven months out of management.

The former Wales, Manchester City, Blackburn and Fulham manager spent Monday with adviser Kia Joorabchian meeting QPR executives, a day after Neil Warnock was fired.

''I am pleased with how it has gone but nothing is confirmed yet,'' Hughes said after leaving the talks. ''It is an interesting project they are talking about but there is a lot more to discuss.

''We are still discussing the ideas the club have and I have got to think very carefully about what has been said overnight and come back in the morning.''


The 48-year-old Hughes has been out of work since quitting Fulham at the end of last season.

''I have to be clear in my mind that it is the right decision for me (joining QPR),'' the former Manchester United, Barcelona and Chelsea striker said. ''I am an ambitious manager and hopefully over the next year and a half the club will match the ambitions I have.''

QPR chief executive Philip Beard said ''we have some work to do overnight and then in the morning.''

''His pedigree and background speaks for itself and he's the sort of person and the sort of experience that we need at QPR,'' Beard told reporters outside Loftus Road. ''I hope (fans) will be excited by what we are trying to achieve at the club I hope they will think that Mark is the right person.''

The priority is keeping QPR in the Premier League. The west London club has lost six of its last eight league matches to sit 17th in the standings, one point above the relegation zone in its first season back in the topflight after 15 years.

QPR, which is owned by Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes' Tune Group, is looking to appoint Warnock's successor before Sunday's match at Newcastle.

''This is a project about building for the short, medium and long term, and our intention, very strongly, is to do everything possible to stay in the Premier League this season,'' Beard told the BBC. ''Then to build and grow the club so we can fulfill some of the ambitions, not just for the people behind the club, but more importantly than anybody, the people who support the club.''

Beard said there would be funds available for the manager to bolster the struggling squad in the January transfer window.

''We've got to make the right purchases,'' he said. ''It's a tricky month to try and make things happen, but our appetite is to bring one or two players in, if we can, to strengthen the squad.''