It’s got that that time of the season when Managers a wobbling all over the place. McCarthy’s gone, AVB is holding on for dear life, even Wenger has critics circling (probably now quiet again after the last 2 matches). But this means many managers near the bottom are, or should be, getting nervous.
But surely not mark Hughes? After all he’s only been there a month and a half. Well football is a game of short memories and with QPR sitting in 16, and only out of the relegation zone by Goal difference, Hughes honeymoon period may already be over. QPR’s form since Hughes taking over is also poor, with just 5 points from 7 league matches. I doubt Warnock would have done any worse.
But Everton manager Moyes has come out in support of Hughes saying, “When a new manager comes in you can sometimes get the instant effect of winning a few games like Martin O’Neill (at Sunderland). But in other situations it takes time to get results and bed in what you are trying to do.”
It may well be true, and it might be more fair to judge Hughes after he can make the team his own in the summer. But Hughes is an ambitious man, and left Fulham (a club 3 places above QPR) when he thought they couldn’t match his ambition. Hughes big spending in the January window has also failed to show results, and his pressure showed in his recent handbags with Martin Jol.
Hughes needs to stay QPR to rebuild his shaky reputation, and QPR needs to keep Hughes to attract some big name players, and to prove themselves correct in their controversial sacking of Warnock. But is this just the football equivalent of a married couple staying together because divorce is too much hassle.
Hughes is fine for the moment, but it wouldn’t take too much more (relegation places, a player dispute, a rainy Monday?) to see him or the club wanting to move on.
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