Mark Hughes is in line for a £1million bonus if he keeps QPR in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday with a result that could also stop his former club Manchester City winning the title.
The QPR manager’s trusted aides, Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki, will also land hefty pay-outs if Rangers stay up.
The west London side need a point at the Etihad Stadium to avoid relegation. However, Roberto Mancini’s City need to win to guarantee their first league title since 1968, with Manchester United needing to better their rivals’ result when they travel to Sunderland to win their 20th league title.
Sources close to Hughes yesterday insisted the chance to stop former employers City winning the league is not a motivating factor for him. Nevertheless, it is an enticing prospect going into an ultra-tense final day.
City sacked Hughes in 2009 and replaced him with Mancini in a move described as ‘unethical’ by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson last weekend.