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Can Harry Save QPR's Season?
[account-removed] 4 years ago
Well, the market is open. A few signings, (2 maybe 3)lots of work on set plays and positive attitude. I know Harry can do it
Tony (footytube staff) 4 years ago
Maybe harry houdini
Rubin (Inter Milan) 4 years ago
Yes, he can can, don't ask me this again
Ruskin (Liverpool) 4 years ago
If any one can. Harry can
CarlCon (DC United) 4 years ago
2012 has been an interesting year for Harry Redknapp, to say the least. Whether it was being in court for alleged tax evasion, or being considered a “certainty” for the England manager job and then not getting it, Harry was rarely out of the news.

And now, here he stands with perhaps the most difficult task of his life: Keeping Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League.

Four points in thirteen opening Premier League games is officially the worst start of any team in Premier League history. So has Harry been handed an impossible job, or can he succeed and keep QPR afloat?

Fighting relegation is nothing new to Redknapp. His first managerial role came at Bournemouth in 1983, where he was given the task of taking them off the bottom rung of the then-called Third Division, where they faced relegation to the lowest tier of the football league.

Having succeeded in his task, he then went on to make The Cherries a steady mid-table team, and ultimately gained them promotion, even knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup in his first season with a surprise 2-0 victory.

In 2003 Harry won promotion to the Premier League with Portsmouth, and managed to avoid the expected relegation battle by finishing in a comfortable 13th place. After a disagreement with the club’s owner, Harry hastily quit the job and wound up at rivals Southampton.

2004 turned out to be a tough time for Southampton and Redknapp. He failed to save the club from relegation, finishing bottom of the table. This happened while his previous club Portsmouth successfully avoided relegation, who then invited Harry back to manage them once again the following season, after Redknapp failed to gain immediate promotion with Southampton.

Harry returned to Portsmouth in December of 2005, when they were already threatened with relegation. With the help of strong financial backing, Harry utilized the transfer market and just about managed to stay in the top flight, finishing one place above the relegation zone.

The following season, however, Harry and his team had a storming season, finishing in a rather impressive 9th place, which was followed up by an even more impressive 8th place finish in 2008.

Then, perhaps in the most comparable scenario to his current one with QPR, Redknapp took the Spurs job eight games into the season. After eight games, Spurs had managed a measly total of two points and were sitting at the bottom of the league.

After only two weeks, Harry and Spurs gained 10 points out of a possible 12, leaped out of the relegation zone, and carried on to finish in a respectable 8th place, considering the position they began in. Once again, Harry had his team over-perform in the following season, earning Spurs a Champions League spot after finishing 4th.

So there’s his record facing relegation battles and taking over struggling clubs. QPR may not be as good as Spurs were when Harry took over and strolled to success, but they do have a very large squad of players for him to choose from, along with a recent record of not being afraid to take out the cheque book and pay for players they believe can improve the squad.

Come January, you can expect Harry to live up to his “wheeler-dealer” persona, where he’s bound to try pick up a few new signings to improve the club, while also shipping out several players who he deems to be dead wood. And after the start they’ve had, there appears to be plenty of dead wood.

What Harry needs to do first and foremost is sure up his defence, considering QPR conceded an average of two goals per game before his arrival, along with finding or inspiring a goal scorer, to make up for the pithy 10 goals his team has scored in the opening 14 games.

To achieve this, he’s going to have to work hard with certain “big name” individuals like Taarabt, Hoilett, and Cisse. Whether or not he manages to get the best out of them will go a long way to deciding QPR’s fate come the end of the season.

Should he be able to muster the performances to keep QPR up, then history tells us that a second season at the helm could be a big one for Rangers, especially if they continue to be so heavily backed, financially.

Can he do it? Will he do it? Only time will tell. The one sure thing we can take from this is that this isn’t the last you’ll hear about Harry Redknapp this season, and if he manages to pull off yet another relegation battle victory, few could argue against his ability as manager who just won’t let his team die without a fight.

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