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Hughes on last legs as winless run stretches fans’ patience

Mark Hughes' hold on his job as Queens Park Rangers manager is looking increasingly tenuous.

Hughes, who has overseen a dismal start to QPR's season, spent two hours in talks with club chief executive Philip Beard. He did not take training.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes was not in the country yesterday but may return for talks over Hughes' future. The Rangers board are thought to be divided on whether Hughes should remain manager.

Rangers have taken just four points from their first 12 games. They are the only team in the Premier League yet to win a match.

On Saturday, they lost to Southampton at home and were jeered by their own supporters, who condemned the players as only being at Loftus Road "for the money".

Southampton, in 19th place, are four points clear of QPR.

Hughes presided over a summer of heavy investment in the first team, bringing in high-profile players including former Internazionale goalkeeper Julio Cesar, Fabio, Park Ji-sung, Jose Bosingwa and Esteban Granero from Real Madrid.

QPR's difficult battle to survive will be even harder given the news last night that Bobby Zamora may miss the rest of the season.

Zamora has scored three of Rangers' nine Premier League goals but may need surgery on a hip injury, leaving Djibril Cisse as their only fit centre-forward.

Irish Independent