QPR must beat Southampton, admits under-pressure Mark Hughes
Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes admits the Hoops must beat Southampton to save him from the sack
Mark Hughes admits Queens Park Rangers must beat Southampton next week, with pressure mounting on the under-fire Hoops boss.
QPR were unable to secure their first Premier League victory of the season at Stoke on Saturday, with Charlie Adam’s winner leaving the west London outfit bottom and without a win in 11 attempts.
Hughes, who was previously sacked by Manchester City in 2009, is still confident his squad can deliver three points from a must-win fixture against the Saints at Loftus Road next week.
“Everyone knows the significance of that game now,” Hughes told the Independent. “I have confidence in the players to turn this round, but it needs to happen next week.”
“It’s still early in the season but the longer that it goes on, it becomes more difficult for us to have the season that we hoped to have.
“The chairman was at Stoke and at Arsenal and he saw positive things in our play and that encouraged him, it encourages us.
“But the disappointment is that we are not getting the reward that he is looking for and that we are all looking for because the aim of the season is to have a really progressive season.”
Although Hughes has been in high-pressure situations at Blackburn and City, the Welshman believes his current predicament is much tougher, with a host of new arrivals and increased expectations at the club.
“We’ve been in this situation before, at Blackburn and Manchester City, when we came in and had to address certain things in the club, change personnel and that was a difficult time,” he added.
“It’s tougher at the moment because there is a lot of focus on us, we’re a high-profile club now and the perception of QPR has changed. We’re more newsworthy than other clubs in situations where they haven’t got many wins on the board.
“We are where we are at the moment but I am confident, given the effort and determination of the players to turn this round, we’ll be fine. But it needs to happen next week.”