So Fernandes, to give him his due, has acted quickly and decisively. With poor old Warnock clearly floundering, the Malaysian hasn't buggered around, he's simply got rid and recruited the best guy currently available as a replacement. Hughes has been there and got the t shirt, so looks like a safe pair of hands.
The trouble is, Hughes does not have a magic wand and the QPR squad is anorexic thin. Unless Fernandes is willing to give Sparky mega bucks, it is likely to be a long haul to avoid the drop given the paucity of talent in the Hoops dressing room. The injury to Faurlin - rumoured to be out for the season - is devastating, whilst the relationship with Barton is likely to be tense at best. Warnock had to pander to the tweeting twat, having brought him to the club; Hughes, on the other hand, has to stamp his authority on the club and will not stand for any of Barton's nonsense. Expect a twattering ban to spark the first battle between the two and don't be surprised if Barton is out of the door before the end of the month.
All the transfer speculation at the moment centres on defenders, but will Wayne Bridge really make any difference? He was bloody ordinary in a West Ham shirt last season and another half season in the stiffs will have done nothing to sharpen up his performances. Samba is a target, but if Tottenham's interest is genuine, then surely he will end up at White Hart Lane - if Blackburn are willing to sell. Tell me, why would Blackburn contemplate selling their captain to a rival in the battle to avoid the drop? Meanwhile, it is the failure to score enough goals at home that is the real cause of QPR's struggles.
QPR will be thanking their lucky stars that Newcastle will be without Ba for the weekend fixture but the match still represents a difficult opener for Hughes, especially with Faurlin and Barton both ruled out. A heavy defeat could puncture the Sparky bubble first game up, and the hoped for O'Neil style effect may then never materialise. The Hughes nightmare would see Blackburn beat Fulham on Saturday, sucking the Hoops into the bottom three, followed by a three goal thumping at the hands of the Barcodes, anchoring the Rs to a relegation spot. It could prove an uphill battle from there!