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Tuesday 26 September 2017

No guarantees for Hughes' job safety if QPR suffer relegation

QPR have refused to guarantee Mark Hughes will not be sacked if the club are relegated from the 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 that the club would reciprocate.

Asked if they would stick with Hughes should Rangers fail to survive this season, Beard said: "Every football club have got to contemplate what happens if they don't perform as well as they need to on the pitch.

"That doesn't mean our shareholders go away and we pack up our bags and don't implement what we've been talking about.

"The aim is that Mark is here for a very long time and sees through the objectives and the aims. I hope we've found the manager -- the right person -- to come and do it for us on the pitch."

Pressed further on whether Hughes would definitely be in charge next season, come what may, Beard added: "I hope so."

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