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Southampton boss Nigel Adkins plays down pressure on him and QPR's Mark Hughes

Nigel Adkins: Still expects to be boss of Southampton next week

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Nigel Adkins understands the importance of this Saturday's game between Southampton and Queens Park Rangers, but the Saints boss does not think that the beaten manager will face the sack as a result.

Southampton are just one point ahead of bottom-of-the-table Rangers who have not won any of their 11 Premier League matches this season.

Mark Hughes has been in charge at Loftus Road since January and the two teams meet in west London this weekend.

But Adkins is playing down any suggestions that perhaps one of the two managers could be shown the door in the near future.

He said: "I don't think it will have any relevance whatsoever for either manager.

"We've got two managers and two football clubs at the wrong end of the table but I am pretty confident that both managers will be in situ come Monday.

"I am looking forward to another game. It has been a good week's training. I feel fit, I feel fresh and I've got an energy about myself.

"Every game that you look at has three points up for grabs.

"We're at the wrong end of the league table. We can't hide away from that and so the importance of the next game is always going to be highlighted.

"But it is going to be like that for us for the remainder of the campaign.

"It's a tough league that we're in, we're well aware of that, but one we love being in and one we expect to be in for many, many years to come."