Blame the players
Hughes' failure to turn around QPR is a mystery says Neville
Last Updated: October 2, 2012 9:56am
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Sky Sports expert Gary Neville says QPR boss Mark Hughes will be bemused and angry with his players after their defeat to West Ham last night.
"He is a determined, winning-mentality type person and he will be bemused and wondering what he does next."
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West Ham went two up with goals from Matt Jarvis and Ricardo Vaz Te in the first half. QPR pulled one back with a sublime long-range strike from substitute Adel Taarabt but the hosts' hunt for an equaliser was undermined by Samba Diakite's red card with 15 minutes remaining.
Following Hughes' post-match interview with Sky, Neville told Monday Night Football: "He is disappointed, he is not happy with his team because they have not performed for him there.
"He will be so disappointed and frustrated. He is a determined, winning-mentality type person and he will be bemused and wondering what he does next."
Hughes' team remain bottom of the Premier League table, without a league win this season, despite an overhaul of the playing squad in the summer following their narrow escape from relegation.
And Neville is surprised by Hughes' failure to turn around the clubs' fortunes after a full summer to prepare and stamp his own mark on the squad. The former Manchester United defender believes QPR's next game against West Brom on Saturday is now vital for the club, with an international break following before clashes with Everton and Arsenal.
"It is a mystery really," Neville said. "We have talked about the 45 players they have used in the last 12 months and the inconsistency of team selection and the sendings off, these are all factors.
"These are all things that create instability at the football club. Somehow they need to get that stability but somehow they need to get results along the way because worryingly they are at the foot of the table again.
"I thought last year that Mark Hughes was going to fight through to the end, survive on the last day and, I think I used the expression, he is going to flush the toilet. He was going to get rid of as many players he can that he does not want in the team and he is going to bring in his own squad.
"But he has started off this new season and it has been just as difficult. He somehow has to get his players ready and together for a tough game against an in-form West Brom on Saturday and go into the international break with a good feeling. Forget the five fixtures after that."
Neville was full of praise for West Ham, highlighting the performance of Mark Noble in particular, and believes they have all the ingredients to have a successful season under Sam Allardyce.
"They have some quality there," said Neville. "Jarvis has real quality, Vaz Te has quality on that right-hand side and up front in Cole and Carroll they have power r and strength. In midfield with Noble and Diame they have got more power and strength.
"I think they have that over the teams like Reading and Southampton. West Ham look a lot more organised and better equipped to have a better season. And they are proving that. I think they will have a decent season. Sam knows what he is doing."