Tony Fernandes has told ESPN that he can handle the fans flack over his insistence on not sacking Mark Hughes, although he feels the majority back his stand on stability and that he recruited a manager with a big reputation who will eventually deliver.
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That oft-repeated public stance by the west London clubs owner will be tested to the full if QPR fail against Southampton on Saturday.
If either side loses the clash at Loftus Road then they will go into next week bottom of the table and their manager's position will be in real jeopardy. QPR, still without a league win this season, are at the foot of the table with just four points, one fewer than Southampton.
Southampton boss Nigel Adkins seems to be under greater threat than Hughes, having already had a vote of confidence from the club's board, and his reign might not survive defeat at QPR despite reaching the Premier League via back-to-back promotions.
While Adkins is not a household name former Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Bayern Munich player Hughes has been a prominent figure in the game for three decades, and it would be big news if he was sacked before Christmas.
Fernandes insists he will be patient with a manager he has backed with plenty of new signings, but how long that patience lasts will be severely tested if QPR cannot win their first Premier League match of the season against fellow strugglers Southampton.
Fernandes has been receiving some stick via his Twitter account from just a handful of his QPR following fans, but he told ESPN: "[There is] no issue. That's football. They were singing my name at Stoke. [You] can't please everyone!"
Saints chairman Nicola Cortese has given Adkins a reprieve after a showdown with the owner but it appears to be on a match-to-match basis from now on without the sort of public backing Fernandes has granted Hughes.
The League Manager's Association has expressed hope that there will not be a Premier League sacking before the end of November for the first time this season, but this fixture might wreck that potential record.