Mark Hughes Hot Favourite For QPR Job

by Jack Kitson / 09 January 2012, 10:28

Mark Hughes has emerged as the red hot favourite to succeed Neil Warnock as manager of QPR. Warnock's 22 months in charge of the West London club came to an end on Sunday when chairman Tony Fernandes decided a change was needed following a slump in form. The Malaysian entrepreneur is reportedly very keen to install Hughes as his new manager and wants to wrap up a deal as soon as possible.

Hughes has been out of work since his shock departure from Fulham back in June. The Welshman has been linked to a number of vacancies since, including the recent Sunderland job. Fernandes is understood to be impressed with the work Hughes did at Blackburn Rovers under financial constraints and will reportedly hand him funds to boost the side in order to preserve their top flight status.

QPR are without a win in eight league games, a shocking run that has seen them lose six matches since mid-November. The club have only won once at Loftus Road all season and are currently 17th in the Premier League, just one point above the relegation zone. They needed a last gasp equaliser from Heidar Helguson to avoid an early exit in the FA Cup to League One side MK Dons on Saturday and if they make it through the replay they face the daunting task of hosting Chelsea in the fourth round.

Other names in the Next QPR Manager Betting, include former West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola, Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo, former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez and Alan Curbishley.

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