The Welshman admits that defeat on Saturday against the fellow Premier League strugglers could see him lose his job after a poor start to the campaign at Loftus Road
QPR manager Mark Hughes has admitted that he fears losing his job, despite continued support from the board, after another defeat saw the Rs rooted to the bottom of the table with just four points from 11 games.
Saturday’s defeat to Stoke City leaves the team still searching for their first win of the season and Hughes believes anything other than a victory against Southampton in their next outing could spell the end to his Loftus Road tenure.
"Everyone knows the significance of that game now," Hughes told The Independent. "I have confidence in the players to turn this round, but it needs to happen next week.
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"It's still early in the season but the longer that it goes on, it becomes more difficult for us to have the season that we hoped to have.
"The chairman was here today and at Arsenal and he saw positive things in our play and that encouraged him, it encourages us.
"But the disappointment is that we are not getting the reward that he is looking for and that we are all looking for because the aim of the season is to have a really progressive season."
Despite his fears, he has been publicly backed by owner Tony Fernandes and other members of the board who say they have “complete faith” in his ability to improve the on-pitch performances.
Fernandes has also turned to Twitter to show his support of Hughes, tweeting after Saturday’s defeat to Stoke that: "One error cost us. No panic. Table is compressed."
Hughes is no stranger to pressure having survived relegation in his first season at Blackburn and managed Sheikh Mansour’s millions at Manchester City, but he believes the strain on him at Loftus Road is more intense than it was at the Etihad Stadium.
"We've been in this situation before, at Blackburn and Manchester City, when we came in and had to address certain things in the club, change personnel and that was a difficult time," he continued.
"It's tougher at the moment because there is a lot of focus on us, we're a high-profile club now and the perception of QPR has changed. We're more newsworthy than other clubs in situations where they haven't got many wins on the board.
"We are where we are at the moment but I am confident, given the effort and determination of the players to turn this round, we'll be fine. But it needs to happen next week."