Monday 20 November 2017

Hughes wants time as QPR eye Redknapp

Jonathan Liew

Mark Hughes has called for the owners of Queens Park Rangers to give him more time to turn the club around, as speculation mounts that Harry Redknapp is being lined up to replace him as manager.

QPR are bottom of the table as they prepare to face Arsenal today and will go to the Emirates Stadium in search of their first league win of the season.

However, Hughes said yesterday that he retained the backing of chairman Tony Fernandes and vice-chairman Amit Bhatia, and blamed the poor start to the season on an injury crisis that has deprived them of a settled defence.

Redknapp has been out of management since being sacked by Tottenham at the end of last season, and is known to be keen to return to the front line.

He has been linked with a number of potential vacancies over recent weeks, but Hughes insisted that the club's hierarchy still supported his vision, despite a lavish summer spending spree producing just three points in eight games so far.

"When you have a difficult period people always ask questions, and that's how it should be," Hughes said.

"If people start looking at what we do on a daily or weekly basis in terms of preparation, looking for reasons why we are not winning, they won't find any, because we prepare better than any."

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is finally due to return for his first Premier League match in 17 months. The plan is for him to play around 15 minutes ahead of starting against Reading in the League Cup on Tuesday. "Physically he is at 80 to 85pc," Arsene Wenger said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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