For anyone who hasn't read my articles in the past, a quick summary—I'm not a fan of Mark Hughes.
Every one of my predictions have come true; however, I did tip them to get relegated last season and if it wasn't for the complete ineptitude of Bolton Wanderers, they should have.
Don't get me wrong, 'Sparky' was a magnificent player, a true legend who should be inducted into the Hall of Fame....if there was one!
But as a manager—sorry, not good enough.
Did okay at best while in charge of Blackburn, got a plum job at Manchester City and failed to deliver on multiple occasions. Lasted all of eleven months at Fulham before walking out to take charge of Aston Villa who had a last minute change of heart leaving Hughes on the shelf.
Hughes took charge of QPR last January after the harsh dismissal of Neil Warnock and was given huge amounts of money to improve a squad and keep them in the EPL.
He signed seven players in two days, including four in the last hour of the transfer window!
Well, they survived on the last day of the season, and his reward? More money for more signings!
How many more? 3,4,5? Try ten new players!
That's 17 players Mark Hughes has signed this year. Arsene Wenger has not signed 17 different players in five years at Arsenal.
It's an astonishing total; however, if QPR were getting results, maybe comfortable mid-table, I would bite my tongue.
But they're not—they're rock bottom of the Premier League with two points from their opening seven games.
Not one win to show for all those signings. That is completely unacceptable, and managers have gone for far less.
A 5-0 drubbing on opening day at home to Swansea set the tone of things to come with recent losses to West Ham and West Brom resulting in the boos getting louder by the minute.
It doesn't get any easier for the R's, as Everton come to town before they travel to Arsenal.
He is the overwhelming bookmakers' favourite to be the first manager to go, and if you have a bit of spare cash this week, get your money on—this is a dead cert!
Chairman Tony Fernandes has already given Hughes the dreaded vote of confidence—the last time he did that, Neil Warnock was sacked inside a week.
Bye Bye Mark!
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