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QPR are set to grant manager Mark Hughes a stay of execution until Christmas – despite a death-or-glory tweet from his chairman made in the heat of the moment last Saturday.
Tony Fernandes tapped out a ‘must win’ ultimatum for tomorrow’s (Saturday) crunch fixture at home to Southampton after the 1-0 defeat at Stoke.
But Chronicle sport understands the chairman has softened his stance on the demand, although time is running out for a boss who now presides over Rangers worst start in their 130-year history.
The previous low before they claimed a league victory was 10 games. But Rs will go into match number 12 against the struggling Saints still awaiting three points.
It would cost Rangers around £5million to pay-up Hughes’s contract 11 months and one week after he agreed a deal to 2014 having taken over from Neil Warnock in January.
The new man also brought in 14 players costing in excess of £25 million, and any replacement at the helm would only be allowed to make changes to the squad in January anyway.
An insider said: “This was the chairman tweeting as a fan and reacting like a fan might after a frustrating match at Stoke, and not like a shrewd and successful businessman he really is.”