QPR have refused to guarantee Mark Hughes will not be sacked if the club are relegated from the Barclays Premier League.
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."
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