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May 30, 2013

Hughes: I'll learn from QPR mistakes

Mark Hughes will draw on his experience at Queens Park Rangers to motivate him to success as Stoke City manager.

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Hughes is determined to rebuild his name after agreeing a three-year contract to replace Tony Pulis at the Britannia Stadium and feels the negativity he became embroiled in at QPR will act as the best tool.

Hughes has maintained his silence on his version of events, but has been angered by comments made regarding his turbulent 11-month reign with QPR, where he was sacked after just 12 Premier League games at the start of last season.

And the 49-year-old Welshman believes Rangers and owner Fernandes should have to take a large portion of the blame for manner in which the club have been relegated to the Championship after employing three managers in less than two years.

"I don't regret QPR. Not at all. It was difficult. A lot of managers have gone in there and found it very difficult. Their turnover of managers, not only in the last 18 months or so, but historically has been too high for a consistent level and for longevity for managers which they need," Hughes said.

"It is difficult and mistakes were made. I certainly made mistakes, which I will learn from and it was a difficult time. I felt I was given a task of keeping them in the Premier League which I was able to do. I had 16 games to do that, 12 games later I lost my job.

"That is understandable, because we did not get the results in that period, it was difficult and that is the regret I have because given more time I would have been able to turn it around as I showed.

"It was difficult. We had a lot of changes and if we are all honest with ourselves, we tried to run before we could walk and we hold our hands up, certainly I do.

"I possibly have to rebuild my reputation. I have had 200-odd Premier League games in my career and in the last few months people have wanted to define my career on the basis of 12 games on the beginning of last season.

"I understand that. Maybe it gives me more motivation to prove people wrong because I have kept my counsel for six months, I have not really come out and said my piece of the story. Now is not the time to do that, but I have listened to what people have said about my ability as a manager and I can assure people I will use that as motivation to help Stoke.

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