QPR: 5 Reasons Why Mark Hughes Will Not Save Them from Relegation

Nathan JudahCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2012

QPR: 5 Reasons Why Mark Hughes Will Not Save Them from Relegation

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    After a disastrous run of form that has seen QPR slip from the relative safety of mid-table into the relegation zone, Neil Warnock was given his marching orders after just nine months on the job.

    Step up to the plate Mark Hughes, welcomed by the fans and media alike as the messiah; his appointment single-handedly led bookmakers and analysts alike to predict Premier League guaranteed survival for the London club.

    But there are plenty of deep-routed problems both at the club and in the managerial appointment that makes a return to the Championship a mathematical certainty.

    Here are the five main reasons....

Current Form

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    The recent run of results aren't just a blip, they're a quick fire way to championship football next season.

    No wins in nine matches including seven defeats; two to fellow new boys Norwich, doesn't give much hope to even the most optimistic fan.

    Not even Hughes' first game in charge could stop the rot—a disappointing 1-0 loss against a depleted Newcastle team was a big disappointment.

    And any last day survival miracles should be put on permanent hold too—they are away at Manchester City

Playing Staff

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    Joey Barton has been anonymous since joining from Newcastle and is yet to show anything like the form that he displayed at St James's Park. The 29-year-old is also serving a three-match ban after headbutting Bradley Johnson, the fifth of his temperamental career.

    Adel Taarabt was unplayable in the Championship but his attitude was always going to restrict his ability when moving up a level and so it has proven.

    Danny Gabbidon and Jay Bothroyd were hardly the most ambitious signings, while Shaun Wright-Phillips' career continues to take steps backwards after promising so much.

    The rest of the squad's work rate cannot be questioned, but from a quality perspective, they are definitely found wanting. 

Tony Fernandes

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    There has been plenty of talk from the newly installed chairman but not a lot of action.

    Henrique from Sao Paulo, Christopher Samba and Alex have all been linked, but as of yet, none have been confirmed and it begs the question do they really want to come to QPR?

    Constant talk of signing David Beckham at the start of the season was purely a PR exercise and I don't think even the most hardcore fan could see the 36-year-old swapping Los Angeles for Loftus Road.

    In fact all Fernandes has done so far has been to say the club were "blessed to have Neil Warnock," only to sack him five months later.

    It remains to be seen whether this man is the real deal he says he is.

Fixture List

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    It might appear that some of their worst fixtures are now behind them but that only adds to the pressure on a squad who are now low on moral, playing for their places and have a distinct lack of Premier League experience.

    Trips to Aston Villa, Blackburn and Bolton are certainly no bankers. These teams are all established top-flight clubs and they know what it is like to deal with the pressure.

    Wolves, Fulham and Everton at home is where Hughes will hope to pick up points, but his new team will have to show some previously unseen quality very quickly if they want to turn things around.

    Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United follow one another before that final day trip to Manchester City.

    Hold on tight—it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Mark Hughes

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    Fantastic player without a doubt, but should he be held in such high regard as a manager? The term "overrated" is perhaps harsh to describe the Welshman but he certainly has plenty to prove.

    Failed to qualify Wales for a major tournament, one good season at Blackburn where they qualified for the UEFA Cup gave him a dream move to Manchester City.

    But with huge financial backing from Abu Dhabi United, they finished the season a highly disappointing 10th.

    A mediocre start the following year led to his sacking and City's fortunes have continued to rise since.

    He then joined Fulham but resigned less than a year later to manage Aston Villa who changed their mind and ended up appointing Gerard Houllier, leaving the 48-year-old with plenty of egg on his face.

    Out of the game since then, there is definitely plenty of question marks about whether he is cut out for the job let alone guiding a struggling club to Premier league safety.