Under-fire QPR boss Mark Hughes has received a boost and some much needed breathing space after the club's owner, Tony Fernandes, came out and publicly backed him following Saturday's miserable defeat to West Brom. Fernandes insisted, via the medium of Twitter, that Hughes is the right man for the job and he has confidence that the Welshman can turn QPR’s season around.
QPR have endured a woeful start to the season having failed to win any of their opening seven matches, picking up just two points in the process. As a result Hughes has emerged as the favourite in the Next Premier League Manager To Be Sacked market, however, after Fernandes’ vote of confidence he appears to be safe, for the time being at least.
The backing may not go down too well with a number of QPR fans who have been left disappointed with their club’s poor form under Hughes. The London club, who are currently rooted to the bottom of the table, have now lost a whopping 15 of the 25 games played under Hughes and the pressure will continue to mount if results do not rapidly improve.
It is difficult to see when Hughes will lead QPR to that elusive first win of the season, with their next two fixtures against an in-form Everton on October 21st, followed by a daunting trip to London rivals Arsenal. The month of November looks to be a crucial one for Hughes, with pivotal matches at home to fellow strugglers Reading and Southampton.