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Mark Hughes set for further QPR talks

By Ian Parkes

Mark Hughes faces more talks with QPR today before he decides whether to succeed Neil Warnock as manager of the Barclays Premier League club.

Hughes was at Loftus Road with advisor Kia Joorabchian yesterday for talks with chief executive Philip Beard about taking over at the west London club.

He revealed the talks had gone well but he had not yet agreed to become the club's next manager.

Former Wales, Manchester City, Blackburn and Fulham manager Hughes has been out of work since his departure from Craven Cottage in June.

Although the likes of Gianfranco Zola, Rafael Benitez, Roberto Di Matteo, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Steve Bruce have been linked with the position, Hughes has been the leading candidate from the off.

Asked if he had agreed to become the manager, Hughes said: “We're not at that point at this moment. We are still discussing the ideas the club have and I have to think very carefully about what's been said today and overnight and then we will come back in the morning.

“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 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.”

Hughes admitted he had liked what he was told at the meeting.

“It's interesting what everyone here has had to say. It's an interesting project,” he added. “There's still a lot to discuss but it went really well.”

Beard emerged from the discussions and conceded: “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 already had.

“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.”

If Hughes does agree terms then he’ll be given money to spend in the transfer window.

Beard 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.”

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