Hughes makes plea to keep job

Mark Hughes' QPR have failed to win in their opening 12 league games. Photo: PA

QPR boss Mark Hughes has made a public plea to keep his job even though he admits the west London side are in deep relegation trouble.

The Hoops are bottom of the Premier League after failing to win any of their opening 12 matches and Hughes' long-term prospects were hampered further by Saturday's 3-1 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Southampton.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has kept his counsel since, aside from a non-committal tweet in the immediate aftermath, and Hughes is desperate 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)."

QPR fans were vocal in their anger during the defeat to Saints, chanting 'You're only here for the money' at the players.

While Hughes was quick to criticise his players' performance, he insists they remain committed to the cause.

"I can understand totally the frustration of the fans and they are well within their rights to say that," he said.

"I can assure them that is not the case. Everyone is working exceptionally hard to turn this around.

"Today we just didn't perform as a team. When you have a poor performance, the fans, given where we are, they are absolutely right to criticise."