Mark Hughes is the ideal boss for QPR, says Lee Dixon

By Phil McNultyChief Football Writer, BBC Sport
Mark Hughes
Hughes is QPR's 10th full-time manager since 1998

Lee Dixon believes Mark Hughes is the ideal choice as QPR's new manager - and says the 48-year-old Welshman will arrive at Loftus Road with a point to prove.

Hughes, who has been in charge of Wales, Blackburn and Manchester City, returns to management following his departure from Fulham at the end of last season and replaces Neil Warnock, who was sacked by the Premier League strugglers on Sunday.

Former Arsenal and England defender Dixon told BBC Sport: "It is a good appointment all round. I was a bit shocked when Neil Warnock went but, now he is not there, you are looking at the next level QPR want to go and Mark Hughes fits in with that. He would be on most people's shortlist for most jobs.

"He is certainly a manager who has got something to prove. He is that type. I think QPR quite suits his personality to go in there after Warnock, and I think it is a club he will feel he can progress. I think it is a very decent appointment by the QPR owner.

"He will probably say he hasn't got anything to prove, but all managers who leave clubs and are out of the game for a little while for whatever reason - whether he didn't think he was ready to come back, the right job wasn't available or didn't get offered the right job - do not like to be out of jobs and come back wanting to do well.

"The most important thing is to get back into a job where you can see you can make progress. Mark has probably been in a financial position where he doesn't have to take a job, which benefits him as he can pick and choose when jobs come around.

"Some people have to take jobs and jump into a job but he has been able to take his time and this job suits him."

Dixon crossed swords with QPR's new boss as an Arsenal defender during Hughes' playing career - particularly at Manchester United - and says he will command instant respect from his new players.

"I've heard very good things about him from within the game, about his training methods and his management," said Dixon.

"Robbie Savage knows him well, has had dealings with him and speaks well of him. I played against Mark and, not even knowing his managerial style or having been in his dressing room, I get the sense that he is the type of manager I would instantly like to play for.

"He talks the same sort of language I did and commands complete respect. He is of a stature in football that means he would instantly gain the upper hand in the dressing room. A new manager's priority is to go into a dressing room and stamp his authority. He can do that."

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