Former QPR striker Bradley Allen believes chairman Tony Fernandez’s dream future for the club depends on Mark Hughes’ ability to maintain their Premier League status.
Rangers have yet to record a win in the league this season, their worst ever start in the top flight, while Hughes only just managed to aviod relegation by a single point at the end of last term.
Allen fears that the club as a whole will suffer if they don’t start recording wins soon:
“Queens Park Rangers have had their difficulties, they just can’t buy a win at the moment and the continued pressure mounts on Mark Hughes and his players.
“You want that stability at the club and they [Fernandez and chief executive Philip Beard] firmly believe in Mark. There are plans to develop a new training facility, to put investment into the academy and possibly to move away from Loftus Road, but of course all of that is riding on their Premier League status and staying in the top flight.
"They have really backed Hughes, they are firmly behind their manager. He’s got a terrific coaching team behind him and they genuinely want to makes this work, but they need to start picking wins up otherwise Mark with certainly come under real pressure.”
QPR have struggled with goals this season, but the former striker added that their attacking depth is strong enough to mount a challenge against the league's other struggling teams.
“When you look at the midfield and going forward, they’ve got enough there [to stay up]. When you look at Faurlin, Granero, Adel Taarabt has come back into the side and looks really good, Cisse scored last weekend...there’s more than enough for QPR to score goals and win games."
Defensively, Ranges have been poor and their vulnerability at the back has cost them, and Allen believes securing the signature of Tottenham’s Michael Dawson in the summer may have made the difference in the squad this season, but negotiations broke down towards the end of the window preventing his move.
“Maybe having the likes of a Michael Dawson at the club might have made a big difference because he’s great in the dressing room, a very experienced Premier League player. Just to push the boat out and secure his services may well have made the difference this season.
“A problem they’ve had is they just haven’t had a settled defence. The loss of players through injury and suspension hasn’t helped him and that’s cost them goals in crucial matches and important points.
“But you look at their defence, it’s been really unsettled.”