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In 2011, the one-man managerial success story, Mark Hughes left the post as manager of Fulham because the club did not match his “ambition for them” after leading them to eighth place in the Premier League and a Europa League qualification place.
In 2012, Hughes got his next managerial job at Fulham’s West London rivals Queens Park Rangers.
QPR were already involved in a relegation dog fight when Hughes arrived in January. But as the season drew on, the dog fight got messier.
Whilst unambitious Fulham finished in the top half of the table, QPR scraped Premier League survival, finishing 17th with a loss to Manchester City on the last day of the 2011-12 season.
It was on that day Mark Hughes would made a very bold statement indeed:
“We’ll never be in this situation again while I’m the manager."
Hughes was sacked the following November after failing to win a single league game with QPR all season, who were (and still are) sitting at the bottom of the table.
I think I speak for all QPR fans when I say I’d commit actual murder to be in the situation where we finish 17th in the Premier League again.