QPR’s Mark Hughes: My future doesn’t hinge on Southampton game
QPR manager Mark Hughes is adamant his future at the west London club does not hinge on beating Southampton on Saturday
Mark Hughes has dismissed claims his future as Queens Park Rangers manager hinges on beating Southampton at Loftus Road on Saturday.
The 49-year-old is under mounting pressure after failing to guide the Hoops to a win in their opening 11 Premier League games, including a 1-0 loss to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium last weekend.
With Harry Redknapp being linked with Hughes’ post at Loftus Road, the Welshman is now favourite to become the first manager to get the chop in the top flight this term, with Saints boss Nigel Adkins narrowly behind him.
But Hughes is adamant his work at the club since replacing Neil Warnock at the west London outfit in January will provide him with more time to turn around QPR’s season.
“It [my future] doesn’t hinge on the Southampton match at all,” said Hughes.
“What we’re trying to do is move the club forward. Unfortunately, at the moment, the focus is on the results and we know that’s how it works.
“But the club itself has moved in massive direction forward since I’ve come through the door which is because of the work that I’ve done and my staff, the support I’ve had from the owners, and CEO Phillip Beard.
“Everyone is pulling together to get this club to the point in the future where we can be proud and having a winning team. That’s the focus of everyone here.
“People shouldn’t underestimate the changes that have gone on at this club. I’ve been a big part of that and I’ve had great support.
“That doesn’t just get swept aside because we’re in a difficult situation.”
Hughes experienced a number of “must-win” games last season as he masterminded QPR’s survival.
But the Hoops manager does not believe the clash between the Premier League’s 19th and 20th-placed sides will be decisive in terms of his and QPR’s future.
“People will try to put that label on the game, but we just look at it as a key Premier League game which we feel we can win,” he added.
“You stick the label ‘must-win’ if you have to, but from out point of view, it’s a game we’ve prepared well for, and we have enough talent in the squad to win it.
“The expectation is that we will play well and get the three points and start the long road back because we have been in this position too many times.
“We can’t keep saying we’re playing well, the performances are good and we merit more than we’re taking. We need to step up to the plate and get maximum points, and that’s what we intend to do at the weekend.”