Mark Hughes was today confirmed as Queens Park Rangers' new manager after signing a two-and-a-half-year contract. The 48-year-old succeeded Neil Warnock, who lost his job on Sunday night after QPR slumped to within a point of the Premier League relegation zone.
Hughes appeared already to have been earmarked as Warnock's replacement, with the former Manchester City and Wales boss commencing formal talks with the west London club yesterday.
The former striker quit Fulham at the end of last season after less than a year in charge, suggesting the club's ambitions did not match his own.
Hughes therefore sought assurances on that front before agreeing to join QPR, who were taken over earlier this season by Malaysian tycoon Tony Fernandes.
Reports suggest Fernandes is ready to bankroll a January recruitment drive which could see £20-30m of new talent arrive at Loftus Road, with plans for a new 30,000-seater stadium also in the pipeline.
Hughes, who will take charge of first-team training this afternoon before being formally unveiled tomorrow, told the club's official website: "It's a great feeling to be back in football and to be the manager of QPR. I'm fully aware of the challenge in the short and long term, and I am genuinely excited about the ambition of the owners.
"Nobody can doubt the history of this great football club and the passion of its fantastically loyal supporters. Now the immediate priority is to consolidate our place in the Barclays Premier League, but beyond that, the future is very bright and fills me with great enthusiasm."
Chairman Fernandes said: "Mark has a proven track record in the Premier League, bringing a wealth of experience at both club and international level. He has a great passion to achieve as a manager and has already been hugely successful in his career. His ambitions match those of the board and we are delighted to have him at the helm."
Fernandes later added on Twitter: "You live or die with your decisions. I'm sorry to those I upset. Time will tell if we made the right or wrong decision. But a decision had to be made. I thank neil for all he's done and welcome mark to the QPR."