Mark Hughes gets QPR vote of confidence, as Redknapp waits
QPR owner agonises over future of Hughes after club takes only four points from first 12 games of season
QPR MANAGER Mark Hughes received the dreaded vote of confidence on Monday night after a long meeting with the club's chief executive Philip Beard. The Rangers' boss met Beard amid fevered speculation that his reign was about to come to an end.
Hughes didn't attend training on Monday in the wake of the Hoops dismal home defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Southampton, prompting rumours that the QPR board had finally run out of patience with the Welshman.
Saturday's defeat left Rangers languishing at the bottom of the Premier League with just four points from the first 12 games of the season. They are now five points adrift of Southampton, and many fans have turned against Hughes.
But Hughes's agent Kia Joorabchian told BBC Sport that the rumours that he was on the way out were "not true at all", and that was also the message from the club. Ian Taylor, the club's head of media and communications, tweeted late on Monday: "Rumours suggesting Mark Hughes has been sacked as QPR manager tonight are not true."
So far QPR owner Tony Fernandes has been consistent in his support for the manager he brought to Loftus Road in January this year. But he appeared to express anger in the wake of Saturday's defeat. "Everyone including me let the fans down," he tweeted. "Many of us need a hard look at themselves."
The Guardian says the result "has pressed Fernandes into a bout of soul-searching as he torments himself over whether to sack Hughes". The paper notes that it would be expensive to get rid of the Welshman, who has also restructured much of the club's coaching, youth and scouting set up.
Harry Redknapp has been strongly linked to the post if it does become vacant. The former Spurs and West Ham boss who could now add a west London club to his CV is said to have links to the club through vice-chairman Amit Bhatia. Appearing on Match of the Day at the weekend he said he would not comment "until something happens".