Redknapp says Hughes left a divided dressing room at QPR

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Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has opened up about Mark Hughes' time at the club, ahead of their match against his new club, Stoke City.

Harry Redknapp says that he inherited a divided dressing room when he took charge of QPR in 2012. 

Redknapp took over from Mark Hughes two years ago, with QPR bottom of the division, and he seems to suggest that groups had formed amongst the players during the previous regime. 

The R's boss failed to keep the club in the Premier League during his first year in charge, although he has since returned them to the top tier, following promotion last year. 

And, with QPR now in-line to face Mark Hughes at the weekend, when he takes his Stoke City side to Loftus Road, Redknapp has opened up about his predecessor's time at the club. 

In a press conference today, the 67-year-old said: "It was difficult when I walked in here after Mark left. There was lots of different groups in the dressing room.

"It wasn't a good atmosphere back then. But it is now - we've got a really great group of lads who all want the best.

"Mark will take blame for what happened here - manager's have to. It didn't work out for him here, but that's football."

QPR have been well backed financially by their owner Tony Fernandes this summer and they will be disappointed if they do fail to beat the drop again.

The likes of Rio Ferdinand, Stephen Caulker, Sandro and Eduardo Vargas all joined QPR this season and they will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the last time they played at the top level. 

If they can beat the former R's boss then that will go some way to helping them on their way to doing that, but Stoke are a decent outfit and collecting any points from the game will be a tough test.

The Potters finished in the top half of the table last year - which was Hughes' first season in charge - and they will be aiming to break into the top ten once again this campaign. 

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