Queens Park Rangers have experienced a disappointing start to the season, and if they do not pick up the slack in the next couple of matches, Mark Hughes will have a lot of questions to answer.
The question that is on everybody’s lips is how long Hughes has left at QPR. Despite Hughes’ attempts to justify their rough start to the season, the fans are beginning to give up hope and are rumored to be vying for a change.
Hughes told The Daily Mail that “We’ve got a lot of new players and a lot of injuries unfortunately and that’s not helped us. Once that settles down people will see what we can produce.”
Although he seems to be attempting to infuse a positive attitude into the team for the rest of the season, the fans do not seem to be buying into Mark Hughes’ plan to raise QPR in the standings.
The Daily Mail reported that the “Fans bombarded Rangers owner Tony Fernandes’ Twitter account urging him to replace Hughes with Harry Redknapp.”
Judging from this speculation, it is not unsubstantiated to say that Hughes may have worn out his welcome at QPR.
I believe Hughes will get until Christmas, judging by his current performances and feedback from the fans. If QPR are still lying in the lonely bottom three, there is nothing he can say to validate the dismal performances on the pitch.
Although Hughes is not a fan favorite, Tony Fernandes has remained loyal to him and still believes he is the man to lead his team.
Is it fair to put all the blame on Hughes?
I don’t think so.
At the moment, QPR’s defense is at an all-time low. Anton Ferdinand needs to pull up his socks in order to guide his team back up the ranks, as his performances at the moment are not indicative of his talent level.
Another player who seems to be sending QPR down the ranks is Park Ji-Sung, the former Manchester United player. According to Lee Cook, the former Hoops midfielder, Ji-Sung is not pulling his weight at Loftus Road.
Cook told The Daily Mail: 'Every time I saw Park at United, he was a workhorse. For me, he doesn't seem to be working as hard as he did there."
In the end, it is a matter of whether Hughes has had bad luck during his time as a manager, or if it’s more than that.
The answer is not as simple as the question. The next seven matches will provide the results, but if they are synonymous with the first seven, Harry Redknapp may be sending Hughes a Christmas card from Loftus Hall.