QPR manager Hughes on Redknapp reports: I’m not fighting for my job

QPR manager Mark Hughes insists he is not fighting for his job amid speculation linking Harry Redknapp to the Welshman's post

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Mark Hughes does not believe he is “fighting” for his job at Queens Park Rangers, with the Welshman dismissing speculation linking Harry Redknapp with the Loftus Road outfit.

The Hoops are still without a Premier League victory this season despite their heavy investment in new playing staff during the summer, suffering a 3-2 loss to West Bromwich Albion in their last outing.

Former Tottenham manager Redknapp has been linked with Hughes’ job in recent weeks, but the QPR boss is confident the speculation will end once the west London club pick up their first victory.

“I don’t think we’re talking in the terms of fighting for my job,” said Hughes.

“I understand the reasons of why we are where we are, the focus on us isn’t going to go away until we start winning games. So why worry about it?”

He added: “I’m not at all [worried about Redknapp getting my job]. I know how hard I work and what my staff do on a daily basis.”

Hughes made 11 signings during the summer transfer window, including Real Madrid’s Esteban Granero, Internazionale’s Júlio Cesar and Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung.

Despite the new arrivals, QPR have only managed to collect two points courtesy of draws with Chelsea and Norwich City, leaving the Hoops rooted to the foot of the Premier League table ahead of their clash against Everton at Loftus Road on Sunday.

The 48-year-old understands why speculation is mounting about his future at the club, but Hughes is confident it is “only a matter of time” before QPR turn around their season after a difficult start to the campaign.

“It’s where we are, it’s the football world, we make no bones about, we’re bottom of the league as we stand,” he added.

“We’re probably two wins away from where we thought we would be after seven games of the season. So, if you talk about it in those terms, it’s not a million miles away from where we should be.

“Unfortunately we haven’t won two home games that we probably expected to, and that’s put real pressure on us.

“But we feel, like I said, once we get players back and people settled and a continuity in selection, we can produce good football as we proved.”

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