Hughes: Relegation would not affect QPR’s long-term aims

Mark Hughes has pledged that QPR will become an established Premier League club again – regardless of whether they stay up this season.

Rangers face Stoke on Sunday desperately needing a victory as they battle against relegation, especially as their final match of the campaign is away to title-chasing Manchester City.

But manager Hughes is convinced the R’s will bounce back if they drop down to the Championship.

“All relegation would do is slow down the process,” he said.

“At some point in the future the club will be stronger and will be in a position to be successful over a longer period – but that will be accelerated if we stay up this year.

“If we’re not able to achieve our goal this year then it would be a setback, but it won’t change what will happen at this club.

“There’s no need to think in those terms though. There’s two games to go and it’s still in our own hands.”

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