Fernandes is right to meet fans, says Hughes

Manager Mark Hughes says Tony Fernandes should be commended for meeting fans ahead of QPR’s game against Everton.

Chairman Fernandes has made it known on Twitter that he will visit at least one local pub before the vital match at Loftus Road, which Rangers desperately need to win as they battle against relegation.

Hughes’ predecessor Neil Warnock hinted that he was uneasy about Fernandes’ interaction with supporters during his time in charge.

Hughes was appointed manager by Fernandes in January.

But the current boss insisted: “I have no issue with it whatsoever. Tony likes doing it.

“In his business he’s very people-orientated. That’s how he gets an understanding of the businesses he’s involved in.

“He wants to engage with people. He’s very good in that respect. I think it’s a refreshing change.

“Everybody knows that Tony’s got the best interests of the club at heart. He’s put a lot of finance in and is trying to make sure the club is healthy in the future and is able to grow.”

Fernandes has recently faced some criticism from fans on Twitter following a dismal run of results since Warnock was sacked by the Malaysian.

“I think people should engage with him and shake his hand because he’s trying to do his best for the club,” said Hughes.

“It’s important that fans have access to you. Sometimes when my thoughts are given [to the media] it can be taken out of context, so it can be better to hear things from the horse’s mouth.”

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