Mark Hughes has been busy in the transfer window this summer, with the riches inherited by Queens Park Rangers from owner, Tony Fernandes, but the 48-year-old gaffer does not have what it takes to inspire the Hoops.
Ji-Sung Park, who signed for Rangers from Manchester United for just £2million, has four Premier League titles, three FA Cups, and a Champions League winners medal to his name.
The additions of Rob Green between the sticks, Andrew Johnson, and Junior Hoilett up front, Ryan Nelsen in defence, and Fabio de Silva on loan, demonstrates serious intent from the Londoners.
Bobby Zamora and Djbril Cisse remain on the books, having been brought in last January for a combined £10million, while Samba Diakite has made his loan move permanent.
For a club that finished one point above the drop, they are accumulating big, big names.
The problem for QPR is that the man holding the reigns has not won the fans over and divides the players and media.
‘Mistreated’ at Manchester City, ‘arrogant’ at Fulham, ‘uninspiring’ at Blackburn; the Hughes story is one misfortune to another.
Yet, however you interpret his previous jobs, the former Manchester United and Chelsea midfielder is not a man that players and fans warm to.
His dour demeanour and siege mentally, Hughes may be perceived as an antidote to the preying media and negative Premier League news, but it does little for his sides’ moral.
Last season, when Fulham fans chanted “Mark Hughes lacks ambition”, as their side came away from Loftus Road with three points, the taunts rang all too true.
Rangers have assembled a squad that should finish way higher than 17th, but, while Hughes remains at Loftus Road, the club will only move sideways, and not upwards.
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