Manchester United fans keen for Mark Hughes to stay at QPR one more week

Mark Hughes At Gary Speed Memorial Match

Will Mark Hughes last much longer as QPR boss? Manchester United fans are keen he holds out.

It really is not a good time for QPR, rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, the only team in the top four tiers of English football without a win.

When QPR finished 17th in May, Mark Hughes famously said; "This club will never be in the same position again." Well he got that one right, and fans of the Hoops are wondering how, and if, their pain will ever end.

There must be nobody keener than Hughes to prove a point himself, especially considering the way he was harshly dismissed at Manchester City, and his non-descript year at Fulham.

But it is looking increasingly likely that Hughes will get the boot, even though owner Tony Fernandes really has done his utmost to remain patient.

Unless something dramatic changes, it seems a case of when rather than if, and here is a list of potential candidates to take over.

One set of supporters hoping Mark Hughes gets a stay of execution for the week are that of his old club from his playing days, Manchester United.

Last year's runners-up lost to Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday night, and will be hoping to bounce back with a victory over the R's.

Here is a selection of Tweets from their supporters on the upcoming match: 

@5haks: hope Mark Hughes still has his job until after the United game.. teams always up their performances when a manager gets sacked #QPR#MUFC

@Poshmanc2: Expecting #MUFC to slaughter QPR next weekend, after this weekend i want at least 6-0

@starvinho: Hope QPR don't sack Mark Hughes before we play them next week!#MUFC

@fairs84: Looks like mark hughes days are numbered!! Don't sack him yet I'm at ot nxt week for qpr game. wana see some goals!!! #mufc

With rivals City hosting Chelsea, next weekend really is an opportunity for United to gain points on one of their two main rivals, if not both, and will hope for the opportunity to boost their goal difference column.

For Mark Hughes, there could perhaps be no better time to gain a memorable win over his old master Sir Alex Ferguson, but he shouldn't count on it. After Norwich's win over United on Saturday, the chances of the Red Devils being caught cold for a second week in succession are increasingly slim.

A study on changing football managers carried out in 2009 demonstrated the 'honeymoon period' effect a new manager has on a team and their results - with the average points totals increasing by half, even if after 12-18 games the impact would plateau.

This is just why United fans want Hughes remaining, with QPR players demoralised and displaying little fight, the game presents an opportunity for them to cruelly take advantage of. For R's fans, a change can't come soon enough.

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