I couldn’t believe I was reading some QPR fans calling for Mark Hughes’ gloriously grey head after the 3-2 defeat to Reading that saw QPR exit the Capital One Cup; the same fans that were urging everyone to be patient after seeing a near complete upheaval in the Rangers squad.
It’s not been a great start for QPR. They’ve been outplayed by Swansea and were disappointing against Norwich but there have been some good performances; the Champions League winners found is very uncomfortable at Loftus Road. The Premier League champions found themselves having to fight harder than many thought they would at the Etihad and Spurs were being bossed around for most of their fortunate victory. Still, I read one fan say “Good performances are not good enough anymore”. QPR fans are always being told that they have to be patient, Rome wasn’t built in a day and all that but a lot of fans are getting anxious, and maybe rightly so. I personally can see the positives in recent performances, Esteban Granero has formed a pretty awesome partnership in the middle of the park with Alejandro Faurlin, a partnership that I’ve started calling ‘Graulin’ (pronounced Growlin’). Julio Cesar looks like an inspired buy and Junior Hoilett is starting to find his feet.
I’ll be happy with beating the drop again with a team that’s attempting to lay down foundations for years to come
A QPR fan with any grasp of their history won’t be unnerved by this auspicious start. Life as a QPR fan is indeed a rollercoaster, if you’ll pardon the cliché. They’ve fought their way into the top tier of the game, they’ve escaped from the clinches of owners that didn’t give a toss about the fans and they’ve beaten the drop in their first season back. A few fans were hoping for a push for Europe and some other fans think that a mid table finish should be nailed on but I’ll be happy with beating the drop again with a team that’s attempting to lay down foundations for years to come with being able to attract star players, a stable manager and a good youth system.
The fans that are calling for the axe to drop on Hughes should be careful what they wish for because stability is what QPR need and have needed. Hughes needs backing, not sacking but I think the majority already knew that, right?
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