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QPR legend: R’s must be inspired be Arsenal and Man Utd

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes. Photo credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes. Photo credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Sunday, November 11, 2012
11:35 AM

Former QPR striker Rodney Marsh has told the club’s chairman Tony Fernandes to look at the long-term successes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger at Manchester United and Arsenal when he considers Mark Hughes’ future.

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The London club returned to the foot of the Premier League yesterday after they suffered their seventh defeat of a so-far winless season at Stoke.

Speculation continues to mount over the future of Rangers boss Hughes despite public statements of support from Fernandes, who is also the club owner.

Marsh, who played over 200 games for QPR, admits the team’s start to the season has been poor, but he insists sacking the manager would be wrong.

“I believe you should give the manager until Christmas,” Marsh told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme.

“If you look at any successful team it is always based on continuity and consistency.

“Just look at Arsenal and Manchester United and what they have done with Arsene Wenger and (Sir) Alex Ferguson.

“Yes, they have gone 11 games without a win, but I hate it when owners keep on sacking their managers after a run of bad results.

“Mark Hughes has been under the cosh for the last four games.

“It was only six games into the season when they were saying ‘Hughes out’.

“That can’t be good for anybody within the football club. I believe in continuity and consistency.”

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