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Under-fire Hughes in stability call

18 Nov 2012 23:17:24

Under-fire Hughes in stability call

Under-fire Mark Hughes believes "wholesale changes" to the management structure at QPR would be a bad move but accepts the west Londoners are in danger of being relegated.

The Welshman is favourite with bookmakers to become the first Premier League manager sacked after the Hoops failed to win any of their opening 12 matches. That poor start was epitomised on Saturday as QPR slumped to a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Southampton.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has kept his counsel since, aside from a non-committal tweet in the immediate aftermath, and Hughes hopes to remain in charge. "Stability is absolutely what this club needs in the long-term," he said.

"Until you get to that point where you can establish yourself in the Premier League, then you have to go through periods where there is doubt or apprehension about what the future holds.

"We are at that point in time now, but I think wholesale changes once again for this club would be the wrong decision in my view. You would expect me to say that but I honestly believe it.

"The owners understand that we're at that place in time. We just need to get through this, come out the other side and look back at this and think, 'We needed to go through that period to grow stronger'.

"It is difficult for everybody at the moment but we're not going to run away from it."

After narrowly avoiding relegation on the final day of last season, Hughes vowed that QPR would not find themselves in another fight for survival again under his leadership. Those words have come back to haunt him and he admits their ambitions have changed.

"We're at a point in time where we need to understand where we are," Hughes said. "We're not talking about a successful mid-table finish now because, given the manner of the performance against Southampton, we are in danger of going down.

"We have to recognise that, we have to get the right mentality to move us forward and maybe the right players. I take responsibility for that and, given the performance, I picked the wrong players [against Southampton]."


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