Under-fire Hughes ‘fighting to heal a dressing-room rift’

Mark Hughes is fighting to heal a dressing-room rift as well as save his job as QPR manager, according to The Sun.

Several senior players believe the blame for Rangers’ problems lies with their more recent signings, the paper reports.

Hughes is under pressure.

A source is quoted as saying: “The players who have been here a while resent the new boys coming in and not shaking a leg for the cause.

“They actually do not resent the new boys coming in and accept the club have to sign new players to become established in the Premier League.

“But they believe that some — by no means all — have taken the p*** with their performances and attitude this season.

“A lot of boys have sweated blood to get this club into the Premier League and keep us here.

“And they are angry that some of the new boys are only here for the money and don’t care about the club or the manager.”

The Mirror report that QPR owner Tony Fernandes is expected to fly into London this week to tell Hughes his fate.

The Daily Mail say Fernandes was upset at the manner of Saturday’s loss to Southampton but is leaning towards giving Hughes more time, unless other directors can persuade him otherwise.

The Daily Telegraph also suggest Hughes is likely to be granted a stay of execution until at least the game against Manchester United on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Roberto Di Matteo is fighting to save his job as Chelsea manager, according to the Mail.

It is claimed the Blues’ recent run of three wins in their last seven games is causing owner Roman Abramovich to lose his patience.

And goalkeeper Petr Cech is said to have been at the centre of a heated dressing-room row following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at West Brom.

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