Fernandes' patience running out as defiant Hughes clings to his job at QPR
23:43 GMT, 17 November 2012
Mark Hughes remains the manager of rock-bottom QPR ahead of crunch talks with chairman Tony Fernandes in the coming days.
The Welshman is clinging to the position by his fingertips after Rangers produced their worst performance of the season in the 3-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Southampton.
QPR are the only team in England's top four divisions without a win and Hughes is uncertain whether or not he will be given the chance to right that wrong when the side travel to Old Trafford next week.
Come in, Harry: Mark Hughes is clinging onto his job at QPR after another match without a win
Fernandes, who has previously been
forthright in his public backing of Hughes, took to Twitter to lament
another home defeat, and his words will do little to assure the manager
of his future.
'I feel gutted,' he wrote. 'I have
put my heart and soul into this with my other shareholders. And done all
we can to give support to players and all management. I can only
apologise to the QPR fans. we keep fighting.'
He later added: 'Let me tell you Fans come first. Everyone including me let the fans down. Many of us need a hard look at themselves. QPR has amazing fans. They deserve better.'
Fernandes enjoys a good personal relationship with the manager and is desperate for the man he bought to the club to succeed.
However, the limp showing at Loftus
Road shocked the club's hierarchy and could prove to be the final straw, especially after fans vented their own frustrations at the
At full time, a banner reading,
'Harry come and save us' was unfurled behind the goal, a message to
Fernandes that former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is the one they want.
Redknapp has previous with rescuing
teams floundering in the Premier League, having led Tottenham from the
foot of the table to the Champions League in just three years.
After the match about 100 fans gathered outside the main entrance, which was protected by stewards and police. But the protests faded and the ugliest moments had come at half-time, when Hughes and the players were booed, and again when Anton Ferdinand’s own goal sealed defeat.
Asked if it was the worst QPR performance of his time in charge, he said, 'Yes, without a shadow of a doubt.
'Today there was not that intensity.
We weren't on the front foot, we weren't anticipating anything, we
weren't aggressive enough. All the fundamentals that you need to build a
performance [were not there].
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'Maybe the anxiety of the
significance of the game filtered through to them but, come on, the vast
majority of them are very experienced.
'It shouldn't affect them in that
manner and it surprised me that possibly it did. I can well understand
the reaction [from the fans]. In fairness, it was exactly my reaction to
'We are not going to hide or try to
make it positive out of a very big negative because it was a huge game
for everybody connect with Queens Park Rangers, including myself,
players, staff and fans.
'We have not performed,
unfortunately, so when that happens it puts us in a situation that
no-one anticipated this year but we are where we are.'
He added: 'I don't run away from
challenges,' he said. 'This is a huge challenge. It was a huge challenge
in January when I undertook it.
'There weren't too many people
queuing up when I decided it was the right role for me. I knew it was
going to be problematic. We all understood that.
'This year we obviously had real
expectations and I was quite prepared to raise expectations because I
thought we would have a good season.
'It hasn't quite happened, unfortunately, and because we have raised expectations more people are disappointed.'