Mark Hughes in it for the long run

New QPR manager Mark Hughes has stated that he is hoping to be in charge of the club for a long time, and won’t walk out if they get relegated this season.

The newly promoted side are set to be involved in a relegation battle as they sit in 17th place currently, and Hughes has taken control after Neil Warnock’s dismissal.

Despite admitting that the Loftus Road club are in a precarious situation, Hughes has committed himself to the cause.

“I want to stay at the club even if we go down,” the new coach told Sky Sports.

“My intention is to be here at QPR for some time. I have got a two-and-a-half-year contract and if I stay here longer I will be delighted.

“But I am not even thinking about relegation at the moment,” he stated.

Warnock fell victim to new owner Tony Fernandes’ ambition, a similar situation that saw Hughes sacked at Manchester City, and the Welsh trainer feels his experience at the current Premier League leaders will stand him in good stead.

“Maybe that (City) experience will help me and I am sure it will,” added Hughes.

“In fairness, probably I made mistakes with respect to the new owners last time. I understand that now. So I can learn from that and I am a better manager now than when I first went through that.

“I’m happy with the structure here, and that will be more beneficial to me. The owners are passionate about what they are trying to do here and they are very accessible,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight