So Harry Redknapp has resigned as manager of Queen’s Park Rangers. Hoops fans will be unlikely to shed too many a tear, however, as Redknapp never had a huge rapport with supporters despite winning promotion.
With QPR in a precarious Premier League position (again), thoughts must immediately turn to Redknapp’s successor.
The R’s can waste no time here – hesitation will ensure their relegation. The firm favourite for the role is former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood. But is he really the answer?
Away record is just horrendous
The performances of Charlie Austin aside, QPR have had relatively little to be cheerful about this season. The worst away record in Premier League history, with QPR failing to pick up even a single point away from home, has left the West London club sitting second bottom and in huge danger of an instant return to the Championship.
However, their home form is actually pretty good. They’ve won five matches at home, the same number as Liverpool and Newcastle and more than Everton. Plus, if the league were based on goals scored at home, QPR would currently be 8th.
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Instant fix required, but not Sherwood
But this isn’t the case, and QPR’s dreadful away record is the reason they’re in real danger of relegation.
So what do QPR need to arrest this problem? An assured, accomplished manager with Premier League experience, one who is used to fighting a relegation battle. The club need results, and fast.
Does this sound like Tim Sherwood? Thought not.
Taking on Sherwood would be huge gamble
Sherwood looks to be a promising manager, one for the future. At Tottenham he actually had a better record in his time there than Mauricio Pochettino currently does.
He was also widely credited for a faith in youth that has been vindicated, regularly fielding youngsters such as Nabil Bentaleb and this season’s revelation, Harry Kane, when other managers would have shipped these players out on loan.
Sherwood would do very well at a club when given time to bring in his ideas and philosophy. He needs a club with a good foundation, strong youth players coming through, and a stable structure in which to develop the team.
Does this sound like QPR? Thought not.