NEW boss Mark Hughes pulled no punches at his first QPR training session this week – and admitted there were Premier League stars gasping for breath by the end.
The shock to the system came a day after the former Fulham manager introduced himself and backroom staff to the squad, and promised more of the same over the coming months.
Sparky made sure the training tempo was always high with the Whites, and reckoned it was one of the reasons he had them firing on all four throughout his only season at Craven Cottage in 2010-11 – and promised exactly the same at Loftus Road.
“It’s not about the duration, it’s about the intensity of training,” he explained.
“What you’re looking for out of players is quality, and it’s fair to say there were quite a few blowing hard by the end of the session.”
Hughes is tasked with keeping Rangers in the Premier League – and harked back to his first club job at Blackburn Rovers in 2004 when he was asked to do much the same.
That time, the fledgling Premier League manager had from September onwards to ensure survival for one of the top flight’s lesser lights – but Hughes insists the experience will stand him in good stead over four nerve-wracking months.
He added: “There’s not as much time here (as there was at Blackburn), but of course that experience is going to be useful. Similar situations are sure to arise and I’ll use what happened then to benefit QPR now.”
Sparky promised ‘consistency’ in the way he deals with players – and admits he’s already started one-to-one interviews to hammer home the message.
“I have high expectations and hope the players do as well, and will strive to making sure the club progresses.”