MARK Hughes reckons his emotional promise at the end of last season could come back to haunt him – and QPR fans agree.
After a fraught last-day in May that saw Rangers saved by events elsewhere, Sparky reckoned there would be no second relegation battle in his time.
But this week Rs sit bottom of the Premier League – five points worse off than at the same time last year.
The manager recently admitted the claim after the 3-2 defeat to Manchester City was said in the heat of battle, but was confident his prediction would eventually come good.
“You say these things on the spur of the moment, and I hope I don’t regret it, but we certainly have the kind of players that will progress the club,” said Hughes.
Last night two supporter groups were praying their manager was touching wood at the Etihad Stadium.
Paul Finney from Independent Rs and Kishan Parmar, recent media officer for the QPR Official Supporters Club, also insisted Hughes was the right man for the job – at least for the time being.
Finney said: “When he said QPR would never be in another relegation battle – you just knew it was just waiting to come back at him.
“But to sack him now or even in the near future would be ridiculous.
“QPR fans have had enough of the knee-jerk hiring and firing under (Flavio) Briatore and (Gianni) Paladini in the previous regime.”
Parmar also got the shudders after Hughes made the infamous claim.
“It was a very bold statement, considering we stayed up by a single point, but it would be suicide to sack him," he said.
“He’s brought in tremendous coaches and decent players, but collectively as a team it’s not happening – and it’s disturbing.”