Mark Hughes was officially appointed manager of QPR yesterday, in place of the sacked Neil Warnock.
Mark Hughes – the new QPR manager
So there’s a bit of a danger that QPR could play well at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, as usually happens when a new manager takes over.
Just look what happened with Sunderland when Martin O’Neil took over, and they won five of the first seven games in all competitions under the Irishman, and they are now in 10th place in the league, 9 points behind the Magpies.
QPR failed to sign Alex from Chelsea yesterday, as the Brazilian would prefer a move to a club outside the Premier League, or that was the story anyway.
And the London club, who we luckily drew 0-0 with earlier in the season, at their small Loftus Road Stadium, are without four key players for Sunday’s game.
Joey Barton is suspended, so he will not be returning to Newcastle, after he got himself foolishly sent off against Norwich for head-butting another player.
Adel Taarabt and Armand Traore are away on African Cup of Nations duty, and of course Newcastle will be without two of their best players, Tiote and Ba who are also preparing for the African tournament.
And Ba scored the only goal in yesterday’s 1-0 win by Senegal over Sudan, and he posted it on his Twitter account.
QPR’s Alejandro Faurlin is now out for the season, and the Argentine midfielder had played every minute in the Premier League, but was taken off on a stretcher in Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup third round draw away to MK Dons with an ACL knee injury.
Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny is a doubt for the game with a hip problem, and former Tottenham goalkeeper, 37 year-old Radek Cerny will come in between the sticks.
Newcastle should be able to win this game, but it’s made a little bit harder with Mark Hughes having just taken over the reigns at the London club.
What do you think?