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Mark Hughes faces uphill battle to retain Premier League status at QPR

The news was out yesterday that Mark Hughes would be the next QPR manager and the while behind the scenes the Welshman will no doubt have had to be convinced that he faced a realistic chance of keeping the West London club in this division.

Mark Hughes may have had a disappointing time at Man City given that his win ratio during the same period as Roberto Mancini was very similar but his face didn't fit with the new owners but at Blackburn Rovers he was revelation and with his proven backroom staff he was very successful for the Lancashire club.

QPR in recent weeks have dropped down the league and lack a cutting edge in the last quarter which has cost dear. The size of Hughes's transfer kitty is key, as he needs to invest in attack-minded players to address the lack of goals. The Hoops have scored just 19 goals this season, the worst record in the league. While Heidar Helguson has shown he still can succeed in the top flight, Shaun Wright-Phillips has often played out of position and the gifted Adel Taarabt fell foul of old boss Neil Warnock.

Hughes has his work cut out to keep the club in the Premier League but has the determination as he showed with Welsh side to cause an upset. The clock is ticking.

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