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Hughes holds talks with QPR about manager's job

Updated: January 09, 2012, 12:38


FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 file photo  the then Fulham's manager Mark Hughes looks on from the dug-out before the start of their English FA Cup third round soccer match against Peterborough United at Craven Cottage, London.   Mark Hughes is in talks with Queens Park Rangers Monday Jan. 9, 2012 about filling the managerial vacancy at the Premier League club. The former Wales, Manchester City, Blackburn and Fulham manager is at QPR's Loftus Road stadium with adviser Kia Joorabchian, a day after Neil Warnock was fired on Sunday. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

LONDON(AP) Mark Hughes held talks on Monday with Queens Park Rangers about filling the managerial vacancy at the Premier League club.

The former Wales, Manchester City, Blackburn and Fulham manager was at QPR's Loftus Road stadium with adviser Kia Joorabchian a day after Neil Warnock was fired on Sunday.

The 48-year-old Hughes has been out of work since quitting Fulham at the end of last season.

The former Manchester United and Chelsea striker's priority would be keeping QPR in the Premier League. The west London club has lost six of its last eight league matches to sit 17th in the standings, one point above the relegation zone in its first season back in the topflight after 15 years.

QPR, which is owned by Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes' Tune Group, is looking to appoint Warnock's successor before Sunday's match at Newcastle.

"This is a project about building for the short, medium and long term, and our intention, very strongly, is to do everything possible to stay in the Premier League this season,'' QPR chief executive Philip Beard told the BBC. "Then to build and grow the club so we can fulfill some of the ambitions, not just for the people behind the club, but more importantly than anybody, the people who support the club.''

Beard said would be funds available for the manager to bolster the struggling squad in the January transfer window.

"We've got to make the right purchases,'' he said. "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.''

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