Mark Hughes insists he retains the full backing of QPR owner Tony Fernandes despite the club's woeful start to the season.

Hughes brought in 11 first-team signings this summer, some of them from glamour clubs like Real Madrid and Inter Milan. The Welshman has failed to get his team to gel, however, and he goes into Sunday's relegation six-pointer against Reading having seen his team take three points from their opening nine matches.

Fernandes has made a number of public statements backing his manager since last weekend's defeat to Arsenal - their sixth reverse of the season - and Hughes is sure the Malaysian businessman is fully behind his project at Loftus Road. "How many times does he have to say (he backs me)?" the QPR boss told a press conference.

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