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No QPR get-out claus, says Mark Hughes

By Ben Rumsby

Mark Hughes pledged his long-term future to QPR yesterday after claiming he had finally found a club where he could create a dynasty.

Hughes was officially unveiled as Rangers manager at a packed press conference at Loftus Road and insisted he had no intention of using his new side as a stepping stone.

The former Manchester United striker has been accused of doing just that in the past, quitting Blackburn to take charge of Manchester City and walking away from Fulham last summer.

But despite QPR's Barclays Premier League pedigree being far less impressive than any of his previous teams, Hughes was won over during a “whirlwind” 48 hours by the vision of owner Tony Fernandes, who plans to transform them into top-flight heavyweights on and off the field.

“I'm certainly not thinking of leaving anytime soon,” Hughes said, confirming there was no release clause in his two-and-a-half-year contract as there had been at Fulham.

“If everything goes in the direction that I want it to, I think I've got a really fantastic opportunity here to build something from the ground up.”

Hughes, who insisted he had no regrets about abandoning Fulham, added: “Obviously, my last couple of positions haven't lasted as long as I wanted to.

“I'm looking for longevity now, I'm looking to stay in a position for an amount of time where I can really make an impression.

“One of the frustrations of leaving previous positions is that I put things in place and implemented them and hadn't been able to see the conclusion. I don't want that to happen here.”

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