Under pressure Hughes refuses to walk away from QPR challenge

The Welsh manager slammed his side's performance in their 3-1 loss against Southampton at Loftus Road, but has ruled out the possibility of resigning from the club
QPR boss Mark Hughes has rebuffed suggestions that he should resign from the west London club, currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.

The Rs slumped to a 3-1 defeat against Southampton at Loftus Road, but Hughes will not leave the club by his own accord and is determined to see out the job.

“I don’t run away from challenges,” the manager stressed to reporters after the match.

“This is a challenge, it’s a huge challenge, it was a huge challenge when I undertook it in January.

“There weren’t too many people queuing up for the role when I decided this was the right role for me and the job I wanted to take on.

“I knew it was going to be problematic, we all understood that, but this year obviously we had real expectation and I was quite prepared to raise expectation as I thought we’d have a good season and it hasn’t happened for us unfortunately.

“And because of raising expectations, more people are going to be disappointed, and that’s the case as we find it now.”
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QPR were booed off the pitch at the final whistle and have yet to win this season, but Hughes says he shares the fans’ concerns and slammed a lethargic performance.

“[It was the worst performance of the season] without a shadow of a doubt,” Hughes added.

“I can well understand the reaction [of the fans], in fairness it’s exactly my reaction to that performance.

“We’re not going to hide behind trying to make a positive out of a very big negative today.

“It was a huge game for everyone connecting with Queens Park Rangers, including myself, players, staff and fans, and we haven’t performed unfortunately.”