Mark Hughes targets long-term QPR future

New QPR boss Mark Hughes insists he is committed to overseeing the long-term transformation of the west London club.

The Welshman, who cited his desire to "further his experiences" when leaving Fulham last year, believes his ambitions are matched by the Hoops.

During his first media conference, Hughes denied suggestions that he has a get-out clause in his contract.

"I'm looking to stay in this position for an amount of time where I can really make an impression," he said.

"We've got a really fantastic opportunity to build something here from the ground up.

"In my last couple of positions I've not stayed as long as I would have liked to. So I'm looking for longevity.

"It's been frustrating putting things in place and not seeing the conclusion of them. I don't want that to happen here."

The Hoops only unveiled the former Wales, Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City manager on Tuesday as successor to Neil Warnock, who led Rangers to the Championship title in May but was sacked on Sunday evening following a dismal run of eight Premier League games without a win.

"It's been a whirlwind of negotiations," admitted Hughes. "It all happened very quickly.

"But it was clear in my mind that the ambition of the club matched that of my own career. I'm really excited [by] what's ahead."

Hughes also announced that he has no intention of stripping midfielder Joey Barton of the captaincy.

Barton is serving a three-match ban after receiving the fifth red card of a career dogged by controversy.

But Hughes said: "Joey's the captain and I see no reason to change that, as we speak.

"I'll be having conversations with all the players and understanding the dynamics of the team. But it's not my intention to take the captaincy away."

Barton was dismissed following an off-the-ball incident with Norwich's Bradley Johnson in the 36th minute of QPR's 2-1 home defeat on 2 January.

He took to Twitterexternal-link to rage against the dismissal, even suggesting that players should be allowed to sue referees over poor decisions.

Hughes has reportedly been given a £30m budget to overhaul a squad currently launguishing 17th in the Premier League, just one point above the relegation zone.

But he is keen to assess the players at his disposal before rushing into any signings.

"It's all well and good saying there's a certain amount but you've got to be able to spend it in the right way and with the right players," said Hughes. "If there are weaknesses then we need to address them."

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