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Hughes asks for time after Saints defeat

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

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

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has kept his counsel since, aside from a noncommittal 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."

After avoiding relegation on the final day of last season, Hughes vowed QPR would not find themselves in another fight for survival under his leadership.

But he admits their ambitions have now changed. "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.

"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.

But Hughes insists they remain committed to the cause.

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