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Thursday 21 September 2017

Ambitious Hughes has vision for QPR

MARK HUGHES could still lead Queen's Park Rangers out in Sunday's Premier League clash with Newcastle despite failing to reach an agreement to become their new manager.

Talks were set to continue today with both sides optimistic a deal would be reached for former Fulham boss Hughes to replace the sacked Neil Warnock at Loftus Road.

Rangers chief executive Philip Beard said: "If we get things right then hopefully we can start looking forward to Newcastle on Sunday, but we have got some work to do."

Rangers have moved quickly to replace Warnock after a worrying run of eight Premier League games without a win which has left them in 17th place just one point above the relegation zone.

Hughes flew in with advisor Kia Joorabchian and emerged positive from yesterday's meeting but insisting he still needed assurances that the ambitions of Rangers owner Tony Fernandes match his own.

Hughes said: "I am pleased with how it's gone but nothing is confirmed yet. We still have a lot to discuss but it went really well.

"There's a will to get to where we both feel comfortable with what's ahead.

"I have to be clear in my mind that this is the right decision for me and QPR have to be confident in their own mind.

"One factor that concerns me is that I am an ambitious manager and have to make sure the club meets those ambitions."

Beard confirmed that Warnock's replacement will be given funds in the transfer window.

He added: "The reality is there are some funds there and we've got to make the right purchases.

"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 and the new manager will be part of that as soon as we can identify him."

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