QPR recruit Hughes

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Queens Park Rangers have appointed Mark Hughes as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The 48-year-old replaces Neil Warnock, who was sacked as manager on Sunday evening following Rangers' draw with Milton Keynes Dons.

With QPR lying 17th in the Barclays Premier League, Hughes, upon taking the Loftus Road position, said his priority is staving off relegation.

"It's a great feeling to be back in football and to be the Manager of QPR," he said.

"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."

Formerly of Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City, Hughes left his post at Fulham during the summer, sighting a lack of ambition.

Prior to his managerial career at club level, Hughes worked wonders with the Welsh national team, guiding them to the brink of qualification for the 2004 European Championships.

The club's chairman, Tony Fernandes said: "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."

Rangers' slip to within a point of the bottom three in the Premier League comes after a run of six defeats in their last eight games, the most recent of which coming against fellow promoted side Norwich City.

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