Both Mark Hughes and Nigel Adkins were desperate to gain 3 points from their bottom of the table clash today. With Southampton losing all five of their away games and QPR not registering a win so far this season, a victory today at Loftus Road could prove to be a massive turning point for both clubs.
In the end it is Adkins who can sleep more soundly tonight after his Southampton side won the day with an impressive 3-1 win at QPR. With mounting pressure on both managers many believed a loss today may be the final curtains for the unfortunate manager – the bookies odds have both Adkins and Hughes as the favorites in the managerial sack race.
Before the match QPR manager Mark Hughes played down the importance of today’s fixture telling the BBC…
‘My future doesn’t hinge on this match.’
‘The club has moved forward in a massive way since I came in the door through the work I and my staff have done.’
After today’s result Hughes is even more likely to get the boot, especially as QPR were playing at home. Adkins has a safety blanket of winning back to back promotions with Southampton and many fans would want Adkins to keep his job even if this season is a failure in the Premiership. He could well keep his job and have another shot at promotion to the Premiership using the parachute payments received after relegation.
Hughes claims the club has moved forward in a massive way since he came through the door, but if QPR don’t give him the boot soon he could well be moving them forward to the Championship.