MARK Hughes believes the FA’s decision to announce Roy Hodgson as England manager this week has handed fellow strugglers Bolton a lifeline. The QPR boss (pic) wanted the announcement to follow Sunday’s encounter between Wanderers and Hodgson’s WBA rather than allow Bolton to assume they are at home to a ruddlerless team by the end of the season.
“I’m a bit disappointed the FA didn’t keep (the Hodgson appointment) under wraps until the end of the season,” Hughes said.
“I hope it won’t impact on the result of their game, but as the home side (Bolton) would have thought it might favour them.”
It makes Rangers home clash with Stoke all the more significant, with three points the very least needed to avoid the drop.
“We need to focus on our game and put pressure elsewhere, including Monday night’s big game (between Blackburn and Wigan).
However, apart from Samba Diakité, still suffering from a virus, the Rangers boss insists a line has been drawn under the debacle that was the 6-1 slaughter at Chelsea last Sunday.
“If we had had an inquest we would have been there a very long time,” he added.