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Harry Redknapp's QPR reign ends with a whimper

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Harry Redknapp is a football man through and through having been involved in the game for the majority of his life.

His managerial career begun in 1983 at Bournemouth and it is a huge shame that it may have ended in 2015 at Queens Park Rangers due to non-football related reasons.

Redknapp has bowed out of Loftus Road due to the fact he requires knee replacement surgery in the coming weeks and feels the operation will leave him unable to do his job to the best of his ability.

He said in a statement: "It means I won’t be able to be out on the training pitch every day, and if I can’t give 100% I feel it’s better for someone else to take over the reins. My relationship with Tony Fernandes has been one of the highlights of my footballing career and I wish the club every success. I am confident they will survive in the Premier League this year.”

Ulterior motives?

Call me a pessimist but I can not believe, as a QPR fan, that this impending knee surgery is the only driving force behind Redknapp's decision. He underwent knee surgery in the summer of 2013 and coached out of the dugout on crutches at the start of the season.

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Although it is perfectly plausible that his condition may have deteriorated since then, I can't help but feel if he was hungry enough, he would be prepared to do the same again.

Uneventful deadline day

The timing of Redknapp's departure is also interesting, just a day after QPR endured a disappointing transfer deadline day, not adding to their squad despite appearing in desperate need for an attacker to share Charlie Austin's burden and a defender to shore up the back-line.

Tony Fernandes tweeted early in the day that he was not willing to open the cheque book:

It appears to me that Redknapp may have been unhappy about this decision and chose to walk away not convinced that the current squad has what it takes to survive, leaving them sitting 19th in the league.

Excuses

Throughout the season Redknapp has been quick to remind everyone that it should be no surprise to anyone that QPR are sunk deep in a relegation battle as he says that Leicester and Burnley were miles ahead of them in the Championship last season.

This is not a defence mechanism for Redknapp as he was in charge last season and was very fortunate to bring QPR back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. The R's, although down to ten men, were dominated by Derby in the play-off final but a sublime goal from Bobby Zamora booked their place back amongst England's elite.

Lack of excitement

In fact, QPR have not at one point looked like an exciting team under Harry Redknapp. There does not seem to be any concrete game plan in place and eleven consecutive Premier League away loss's is just unacceptable.

There is no way that QPR should still be able to survive with an away record like that but their impressive home form has kept them in touch with the teams struggling around them.

Rumours have been rife that Les Ferdinand, who will take temporary charge with Chris Ramsey, has been vocal in his disapproval of Redknapp being in charge. It is understood he feels that Redknapp no longer has the hunger required to steer the Hoops to safety.

Enter Sherwood?

With many of the Rangers faithful feeling that 'Arry's methods were outdated, what are the chances that Tim Sherwood ends up in the dugout at Loftus Road?

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