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Mark Hughes: First five months of QPR reign was my toughest test
Mark Hughes says the start of his QPR reign was his toughest spell in management despite the Hoops poor start this term

By Kieran Beckles

Wednesday 24 October 2012

Mark Hughes believes the first five months of his Queens Park Rangers reign were the toughest of his managerial career – despite a poor start to the current campaign.
The 48-year-old is coming under increasing pressure with his new-look Hoops’ side yet to record their first Premier League victory of the season after a disappointing draw with Everton at Loftus Road on Sunday.

Despite QPR languishing at the foot of the table, Hughes insisted that the immediate months after replacing Neil Warnock in January were the most demanding of his coaching career.

“Whatever success I had in the future, and whatever success I’ve had in the past, the job that we did from January until the end of the season was huge and right up there in terms of what I was able to achieve,” said Hughes.

“So I don’t think that will change any time soon.

“We’re still very early in process and we’re still trying to move the club forward. We will do. We’re just trying to get points on the board and settle every one down.”

Hughes also feels QPR have been hampered by injuries to their defenders this season, with the Welshman yet to field the same back four in successive league games.

“We haven’t had the benefit of a settled back four,” he added.

“I don’t think I’ve picked the same back four because of circumstances, and not through choice. I had to pick what I was left with.

“That doesn’t lend itself to continuity.

“If you look at all the teams that have started well, they’ve had a back four which pick themselves week in week out.

“They’ve felt the benefit of that. We haven’t unfortunately.”  Sports Review


Mark Donnelly to join in New Year

QUEENS Park Rangers Football Club is delighted to announce the imminent appointment of COO Mark Donnelly.

Donnelly, the former Chief Financial Officer at the Football Association, is due to take up his new position at Loftus Road in January 2013.

Donnelly has played a key role at The F.A over the past 18 months, notably in terms of the overall financial stability in the FA Group, Wembley Stadium’s improved trading position and the opening of the new national football centre at St George’s Park.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Donnelly said: “It was a very difficult decision to leave the F.A as I have thoroughly enjoyed working there, particularly at such a significant time for the organisation. I have loved working at Wembley, alongside fantastic people doing great work and wish them all well for the future.

“However, the opportunity to get involved in an equally exciting project at QPR was one I wanted to pursue. The club has great plans for a new stadium and training ground, and I feel it is the right time for me in my career to pursue a new challenge.”

Donnelly joined The FA in 2011 from the Lawn Tennis Association, having previously worked with QPR CEO Philip Beard at The O2.

A delighted Beard added: “Mark is a key addition to the senior management team here at QPR.

“He joins us at a time when we are seeking to make huge strides off the pitch in terms of delivering a state-of-the-art training facility, as well as helping us develop plans for a new stadium.

“His knowledge, experience and vision will be valuable for us and we are all looking forward to welcoming him on board in the New Year. QPR

As Posted Yesterday: 

- Strangely, NewsNow no longer Lists Queen's Park Rangers (QPR) from its List of Premiership Clubs. What do they know, that we don't?
And just curious as to where will this post be headlined at NewsNow!?"

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