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QPR set to announce Hughes

January 10, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes expects to appoint a new manager on Tuesday as Mark Hughes moves closer to taking over at Loftus Road.

Mark Hughes
GettyImagesMark Hughes is facing an injury crisis at QPR

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Talks were set to continue between the club and former Manchester City, Wales and Fulham boss Hughes, who is QPR's first choice to replace the sacked Neil Warnock.

Hughes is in line to take charge of the team for the first time against Newcastle on Sunday.

Fernandes, responding to an enquiry on Twitter, wrote: ''Yes I am sure we will be announcing new QPR manager today.''

On Monday, Hughes has revealed discussions with QPR have "gone really well" after arriving for negotiations.

"I am pleased with how it's gone but nothing is confirmed yet," he told reporters outside the club. "We still have a lot to discuss but it went really well today. We will see what happens. There's a will to get to where we both feel comfortable with what's ahead. I have to be clear in my mind 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."

He added: "It's interesting what everyone here has had to say. It's an interesting project."

Chief executive Philip Beard told Sky Sports News after the discussions: "It's fair to say we've got him interested and we are going to speak tomorrow and see if we can take it further.

"If we get things right then hopefully we can start looking forward to Newcastle on Sunday, but we have got some work to do overnight and then in the morning. I'm hoping Mark is going to come back and we can try to complete some of the discussions we've had this afternoon.

"His pedigree and background speaks for itself and he's the sort of person and the sort of experience that we need at QPR. I hope (the fans) will be excited by what we're trying to achieve at the club and hope that Mark will be the sort of person that they think is the right person at this stage and hopefully for the long-term future as well."

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