Belfast Telegraph

Clarke backs Hughes to get QPR right

West Brom manager Steve Clarke wants to add to bottom side QPR's misery this weekend but is backing his former Chelsea team-mate Mark Hughes to revive their fortunes in the long term.

Albion will be looking to win their fourth successive top-flight home game at the start of a campaign for the first time in 93 years. It is in stark contrast to Rangers, who revamped their squad this summer but are still searching for their first win of the campaign in the Barclays Premier League.

Clarke said: "They need to turn their season around and we need to make sure we are 100 per cent at it and make sure it doesn't happen this weekend."

He added: "You go to a club, they invest in a number of players, sometimes it gels quickly, other times it takes a little bit longer.

"That is the case with QPR. They have got some really good players. It hasn't quite clicked for them.

"It is up to us to make sure this Saturday it doesn't click for them and they are still struggling going into the international break. That is our job.

"It is a difficult situation for Mark Hughes. But he has got far more experience than me in terms of being a manager.

"I'm sure he has been in this position a couple of times before and he will know what to do - and he will know how to get his team out of it.

"There is expectation at every club. There is an expectation level at West Brom and it is something you've got to live with and deal with."


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