Rangers must be wary of set-pieces
Could this be the end for Mark Hughes if he loses at Stoke?
No. Too much infrastructure at QPR is invested around Hughes and his team. Anything up to eight staff including a new academy structure would be in jeopardy as a result of his departure.
Also, the club want to distance themselves from the old knee-jerk reaction that fetched up eight managers in three years. IF he is going to go it would be more practical in January when he's had half the season and adjustments can be made to the squad.
Famous last, sorry, first words, of course.
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What is the general feeling of the QPR crowd towards him?
Mixed. Most feel he's a decent coach who has been dogged by bad luck and injuries. Others reckon he can't get the best out of a decent squad by any standards.
Has anyone distinguished themselves for Rangers so far this season?
Julio Cesar should be paid in gold bullion for the amount of near-miraculous saves he's made. And unsung hero, Ryan Nelsen, has, at 35, defied the age odds.
Who has been the biggest disappointment among Hughes' many signings?
There's a bit of a list. But the best has yet to be seen from Bobby Zamora, Jose Bosingwa and Djibril Cissé. Park Ji Sung has also been found wanting in the recent past.
Hand-on-heart, will Rangers survive this season, and will they survive with Hughes at the helm?
All the stats say no to survival, but this is not a bad squad; it's just low on confidence. One could see the tide turning, and that's not through rosy specs. Hughes brought them safely through at the end of last season – so whether he likes it or not, he's getting used to the survival game. Yes and yes, in short.
What will worry Hughes most about Stoke this Saturday?
Set-pieces. Rangers are vulnerable and have shipped too many goals already from that source. Great hulking balls into the air with elbows flying is not their thing. There are a few in red-and-white more than capable of mixing it in the physical sense as well. Oh for a strong ref, he hopes...
And will there be a handshake or a frosty slap of the hands between the two managers at full-time?
Let's see. Tasty tackles that go unpunished (see above) coupled with poor decisions, and who knows?
But Sparky, and by the way, it was a kids' nickname after the old comic – not his temperament, is pretty hard to ruffle.
He prides himself on keeping cool, so chances are that they will get to proper grips with each other.