Queens Park Rangers are in a very dangerous position and Tony Fernandes has a difficult decision to make between keeping faith in current boss Mark Hughes or allowing Harry Redknapp to come in as the next permanent boss. What is for certain is that they need to do something different soon and start picking up points quickly.
The argument for Hughes staying on is that it’s his group of players and therefore his problem in terms of getting his best side sorted out and producing results. However, the pressure of Premier League football is so high that any smaller club, when compared with the Premier League big boys, has to stay up, it’s that important in terms of both financial safety and longevity.
If you believe what you read in the media then Harry Redknapp will replace Hughes if QPR force the current manager out of the exit door. There is little doubt that this would give everyone at the club a massive boost because Redknapp has worked wonders with previous clubs in similar situations, pushing them onto higher league positions and getting the best from a core group of players.
That lift he would give players and fans could benefit them well in their immediate matches while Redknapp learns the ins and outs of the club. The lift will make the players a little bit more determined when they’re out on the field which means they’ll fight harder and scrap to stay in games better than they have been doing. On a fan front, Redknapp’s arrival would signal QPR taking some very noisy supporters to away games and creating Loftus Road into a cauldron of noise which is what the club needs.
However, that move in itself would take even more time away from QPR’s season because Redknapp needs to get to know the squad, the players, the best formation and he also needs to tackle how to raise the spirits at a club where the heads dropped weeks ago. This all takes time and this could be time that costs QPR vital points in their quest for safety.
Hughes is not a bad manager, the problem he has been faced with is he doesn’t seem to know his best side and 12 games into the season that’s dangerous. This came from signing so many different players over the course of the last summer which were designed to drive QPR into the top half of the table. He may also be guilty of selecting the wrong players for the wrong system which mutes their effectiveness and makes it easier for the opposition.
The time for QPR to make a decision over this is imminent. It may be that Hughes still has one more game in the bank. He can either win this game and get the season going or he can pack his bags if it’s more of the same.
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