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Mark Hughes: Defends his spell at Fulham, claiming he was successful

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QPR boss Mark Hughes believes he did an 'outstanding' job at Fulham as he prepares to face his old club on Saturday.

Hughes stepped down as Cottagers boss last summer after just one year in charge at Craven Cottage.

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed labelled the Welshman a "flop" after his decision, claiming the club's ambitions differed from his.

Hughes disputes Al Fayed's assessment, stating an eighth-place finish was a success, although now his focus is on keeping QPR up.

Outstanding

"There's always a different viewpoint when you leave a club and it seems to be quite difficult to leave Fulham and remain on good terms," explained Hughes.

"That's a shame because I enjoyed my time there, it's a great club with some fantastic people.

"I'd back my record at Fulham against anybody else's. Eighth in the Premier League for Fulham was an outstanding job, I don't consider that to be a lack of success.

"But my focus is now QPR and the game at the weekend. Fulham have come into my thinking because that's the team we are up against but once the game's out of the way I'll focus on the next one."

No problem

Hughes would have no qualms shaking Al Fayed's hand if the pair's paths were to cross at Loftus Road, insisting he has moved on.

"I have no problems whatsoever," continued Hughes. "I had a lot of support when I was at Fulham and it was just my take at that time, there was a break in my contract on both sides.

"They could have invoked it but as it was I invoked it. That's in the past, we've all moved on, Fulham have and I certainly have.

"I'm manager of QPR, I'm pleased to be here. We are trying to take the club forward and we obviously need to stay in the Premier League.

"Then we can really build something. That's what excited me and that's why I'm here, to improve this club. At almost every other club I've been at I've gone in and made it better, and that's what I want to do here."

Influence

QPR have former Fulham striker Bobby Zamora in their ranks and Hughes believes he will be keen to get one over his ex-paymasters.

He continued: "When you come up against a former club invariably players want to do well.

"Bobby was fantastic for me at Fulham and for the managers before me. He had a huge influence on the success they had.

"He scored against Wolves last time out at home and we hope he will continue to have that impact for us."