The Daily Mail says Hughes' position was so delicate the club were even considering firing him before they headed to Old Trafford for a game few give them a chance of winning.
Ex-Manchester United striker Hughes has been planning his team for the game and expects to be on the touchline.
Hughes is well aware he is fighting for his job and has been left in no uncertain terms there is a lack of faith in him in the boardroom. Chairman Tony Fernandes gave an interview to US TV station Bloomberg and would not back Hughes.
The obvious option is Harry Redknapp and he would be prepared to step in immediately.