Fernandes backs Hughes again

  • Last Updated: November 5 2012, 14:51 GMT

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes insists he has complete faith in under-fire manager Mark Hughes as the Loftus Road club still search for their first Barclays Premier League win of the season.

Fernandes backs Hughes again

The R's players were jeered off the pitch following Sunday's 1-1 home draw against fellow strugglers Reading to claim only their fourth league point of the campaign.

But Fernandes still believes Hughes is the right man to take the club forward, telling Sky Sports News the Welshman has his full backing.

"I have complete faith in Mark Hughes and we have a great squad, we just need to hold out for that stability and I'm sure things are going to go right," he said.

"It's been one of those frustrating seasons for us but I'm keeping the faith and keeping calm. It's not a time to panic."

Fernandes, who sacked former QPR boss Neil Warnock in January after a poor start to last season, has backed Hughes repeatedly in recent weeks.

The Malaysian businessman usually takes to Twitter to declare his support for the ex-Fulham manager and said to sack Hughes now would be "suicidal".

"I'm not sure what language I have to say it in, I don't how else I can do it but I am 100 per cent committed," he said.

"We won't be detracted by fans or media, we're confident in our approach and changing our manager now would be suicidal.

"Mark's a good guy, he's got good records before him, he needs a bit of luck but cream always rises to the top. He has our backing."

Fernandes does not want to replace his manager and watch Hughes' work to-date go to waste.

"We made a change with Neil and it's not in my nature to do that but we felt that we had to make that change going forward," he said.

"I think the fans who are true fans know that stability is needed. QPR doesn't need another four-year plan of chopping and changing every few weeks.

"Mark has done it before, he's brought teams up from the bottom to the mid-table, we just need a bit of luck and I'm sure things will turn around."

Despite still not being able to pick up three points from a Premier League fixture, Fernandes is confident in the ability of a squad he has invested heavily in.

He said: "My whole life has been about stability and building on things and I'm sure it's going to turn round.

"There's not been a single team that's really outplayed us and that's what's the frustrating thing.

"Even down to Arsenal, after 86 minutes we were well in the game and we walked away from that game feeling we could have won it.

"The league table doesn't lie and we've got to improve but I'm confident that we will."

Sunday's draw with Reading will have been seen by most as a missed opportunity for QPR to move within three points of Aston Villa in 17th place.

But Fernandes felt that after a shaky start Rangers were the better side, and reckons they are very close to collecting their maiden win.

He said: "At one stage, when we looked like we're going to lose at half-time, I thought we had played awfully. We didn't look as though we were competing and then in the second half we were quite a different team.

"I think our midfield were not used to the kind Reading play and they played us off the park initially, but we came back strongly and I thought we deserved the win. We're just missing that last minute bit."

Striker Djibril Cisse, who scored the equaliser against Reading, echoed the views of Fernandes and believes the club are in a false position in the table.

"At the moment it is not quite going for us, but we have to keep working hard and eventually things will drop into place for us," he told qpr.co.uk.

"You can see the quality we've got in the team. We don't belong near the bottom of the division."

European Cup winner Cisse is just one of a number of high-profile players in the QPR squad with the likes of Julio Cesar, Park Ji-sung and Jose Bosingwa also boasting Champions League winners' medals.

But the former Liverpool forward knows that former achievements and reputations count for nothing at the present time.

"No disrespect to the other teams, but we don't belong there and we are doing everything to ensure we don't remain there.

"Football is won on the pitch though. It's not the names, it's not the talking. It is down to us to deliver when we play.

"We are playing some very good football at the moment, but we're just not scoring enough goals or keeping clean sheets. Once we correct that, I am sure we will be fine."


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