November 27, 2012 by thedavidryan
Redknapp to the rescue
The Premier League’s bottom side QPR have named Harry Redknapp as their new manager following the sacking of Mark Hughes on Friday morning.
Redknapp said: “I’m delighted to be back in the managerial hot-seat at QPR. When I spoke to the shareholders and they told me about their plans, I knew this was too good an opportunity to turn down.”
It is certainly one of Harry Redknapp’s biggest challenges to date as he attempts to drag the R’s from rock bottom, with a measly four points, to Premier League safety. The question is, after months out of the game, does ‘Arry still have what it takes?
It is undoubted that Redknapp’s finest managerial asset is his motivational ability to man manage players and to get the best out of his playing staff. Legend has it that he once created a highlight DVD for Glen Johnson featuring all of his best bits, in an attempt to help the full back recapture his form at Portsmouth. It is motivational tactics like this that will have to be dug out again in order to resurrect Rangers’ fledging season and to get the stars of Queens Park Rangers back to winning ways.
Despite my personal feelings towards Harry Redknapp, I believe QPR have got the ideal man for the job. A man that has had remarkable success with extremely average teams in the past. Whether that was leading Portsmouth to FA Cup glory in 2008 or taking Spurs into the Champions League.
It was evident that during Mark Hughes’ failed QPR reign that he bought in too many new faces over the 2012 summer transfer window in an attempt to cover over the obvious cracks of last season. The huge influx of new talent had no time to settle into their new surroundings, and ultimately failed to win any games leading to Hughes’ dismissal on Friday. However, it looks like QPR chairman Tony Fernandes will need to get his cheque book out once more as the West London outfit have got themselves arguably the biggest ‘wheeler dealer’ manager in history as Hughes’ replacement. It is no secret that ‘Arry likes to spend big money on big players when taking over the helm at any club, with some disgruntled Pompey fans claiming it was Redknapp’s constant spending while at the club, that landed them in their current financial turmoil.
The winter transfer window is only a few weeks away and you have to imagine Harry Redknapp is already preparing to take to his Range Rover once more in search of Del Boy Trotter esc deals to salvage QPR’s disappointing season. The only question is how much will he have to spend? With Hughes’ outgoings reaching over £21 million just a few short months ago, you have to wonder if Tony Fernandes’ credit card can handle any more abuse.
Harry’s first game in charge is this evening away to Sunderland, another team currently struggling to get going so far this season as they currently sit sixteenth in the table. Sunderland are also coming off the back of a home defeat to high flyers West Brom at the weekend. Therefore the time could be right for Harry Redknapp to announce himself in winning style on Wearsideand achieve QPR’s first victory of the season.
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