Another weekend and another defeat for Mark Hughes’ men in yet another game you would imagine them winning. 7 games played, 5 losses and 2 draws and they are firmly stuck at the bottom of the table. From there opening day 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Michael Laudrup’s Swansea team AT HOME or the capitulation at White Hart Lane when they largely bossed AVB’s new look Tottenham side? How about a loss at home to newly promoted West Ham a team mauled by Arsenal yesterday and who were shown to be gutsy yet only really containing one attacking option?
The team have looked fairly shambolic at times in trying to integrate a whole new squad in the glaring spot light of the Premiership, the World’s Greatest League (TM) and the nature of their loss this weekend to West Brom underlies that what may have been described as teething problems in getting the team to gel together could now be seen as something a bit more terminal than that.
I for one am someone who likes Mark Hughes and thinks he is a good manager, however, with new owner Tony Fernandes and his millions maybe the task is one too great for anyone to try and pull off in such a short time? Well, he has been given football’s equivalent of the kiss of death when Fernandes came out earlier in the week and said he supported him as did his own players.
The next 4 fixtures for the Hoops is a home game against Everton who have gotten off to an incredible start playing football that is not only effective (a trait of all of David Moyes’ teams) but very pleasing to the eye. After that, they’re off to the Emirates to face Arsene Wenger’s rejuvenated Gunners, Reading at home and Stoke away. In their current form you would have to say they could get a win against Reading, but that’s it.
We have a break from domestic football this weekend were much dreaded and frankly boring internationals will be played in their place. Not too many of Sparky’s men will be called up so this break may allow him and his team some time to finally get the set-piece drills in place, for each player to figure out the unspoken rhythm of their team mates so they get that intuition that comes with familiarising each other with their team mates. Who knows, they may even cause an upset or two helping to galvanise a team spirit among them and they slowly climb there way back up the table.
At the moment, while they do only have 2 points, a victory would move them immediately out of the relegation zone. There competitors at the foot of the table don’t look too good either. Norwich are leaking goals at a frantic pace, Southampton concede 3 goals a game on average, Reading have been throwing away near certain victories against both Swansea and Newcastle, Aston Villa look pretty limp at the moment and you would have to fancy Roberto Martinez’s Wigan to be in yet another dog fight come the end of the season. So, QPR fans should look at their crop of players and when we compare, yes, they clearly have much better talent than their adversaries, but a succession of poor results and a new dynamic takes over. When getting beaten becomes the new norm morale goes through the floor, nothing seems to go right for you, the whole process can feel like it’s largely out of your control.
At the moment, Paddy Power is offering 2/1 for Sparky to be the next manager to be given his P45 while Victor Chandler has ‘Arry Rednapp as firm favorite to take over if the Welsh man goes back to the valleys at 5/4. By the way, I am not a betting man, nor would I advocate throwing money on this but I like an occasional flutter so who knows?