There is no doubt that Harry Redknapp is a fantastic manager with his achievements at Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and West Ham United.
However, the task of achieving the great escape with QPR is proving to be one of his toughest assignments so far and perhaps one he may live to regret agreeing to.
Redknapp arrived at Loftus Road with the club in dire straits. Mark Hughes had money at his disposal but unfortunately for him the players he brought in did not gel and were also not seemingly up to the task. Redknapp has a great history of galvanising clubs and installing a belief within the team and this is what QPR were hoping he could achieve and then turn into results.
Crucially Redknapp has recalled the likes of Clint Hill and Shaun Derry who are workmanlike and trustworthy and are players who you would want in a relegation battle.
Redknapp has improved results, tightened the defence and added more of a goal threat but the Premier League is an unforgiving world where the slightest mistake can lead to disaster. He has spent big to try and keep QPR in the Premier League but I can't help but wonder whether the clubs spending could come back to haunt them if relegation occurs in May.
QPR appointedthe former Spurs man in November with the club bottom of the league with only four points from twelve games. By Christmas the club were still at the foot of the table and fighting against Premier League history. This tells us that if you are bottom of the league at Christmas then invariably relegation follows in May.
Redknapp himself admitted that his task at QPR was perhaps the hardest of his career and few would doubt that. The only saving grace is that there are funds available to try and buy their way out of trouble. Unfortunately the attraction of the club is not great when you are in a relegation battle.
The club did achieve a coup when Loic Remy turned down Newcastle in favour of the Loftus Road club but he has been blighted by injury and his game time has been restricted. They have also brought in players such as Christophe Samba for £12.5m and some intelligent loan signings from Redknapp's former club Tottenham with the likes of Jermaine Jenas.
He's given himself the best possible chance by surrounding himself with a large and very experienced back-room staff but circumstances are still very much against him. Unfortunately the likes of Joe Jordan are unable to wind back the clock and pull on a playing shirt.
Another year and in different circumstances the managerial role could well be an attractive proposition but at the moment the club is struggling despite the best efforts of Redknapp. Harry should be commended for taking on such a challenge but unfortunately this is one challenge too far for him and I fully expect QPR to be playing Championship football next season.
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