As expected, Harry Redknapp has replaced Mark Hughes as manager of QPR. He will watch the team for the first time at Old Trafford tomorrow when they take on a Manchester United managed by his great friend, Alex Ferguson.
From the moment Harry said on Match of the Day last Saturday “Let’s see what happens”, I knew Harry would be on his way to Loftus Road. Even more so when his people leaked out the ludicrous story of him being keen on going to manage Ukraine. Unless there is a village called Ukraine somewhere just off the M25, I never expect Harry to go to such a place.
It was simply a ruse by Redknapp to get QPR to pull their finger out and offer him the job.
QPR are without a win and sit at the bottom of the Premiership. Owner Tony Fernandes had to act before it was too late. Now Rangers fans will expect Harry to perform a Houdini like escape from relegation as he did when taking over from the hapless Juande Ramos at Tottenham.
Fernandes is one of the few men owning a football club who can afford Harry Redknapp. I hope for the sake of QPR fans that his services turn out to be a price worth paying and that QPR stay up. If anyone can do it, Redknapp is the man.
Twenty four hours ago I considered telling members of my tipping service to get on QPR to win at Sunderland next week as I suspected Harry would be the boss by then.
That game is already at ‘6 pointer’ at Sunderland on Tuesday. Harry will still have the very ordinary squad Hughes failed to turn into a winning side. Big changes will have to come on the playing front. Harry will make those changes and will ship out the useless and disinterested.
He is not a miracle worker but if anyone can lift this team to a win at fellow strugglers Sunderland, it is Harry. The 3-1 odds I saw on QPR to win prior to Hughes being sacked have gone, but Boylesports still have them at odds of 14-5.