Harry Redknapp to lead QPR's Championship chargeby Jack Kitson / 30 April 2013, 09:41Tweet
Harry Redknapp will lead QPR's charge to win promotion back up to the Premier League next season. The club's chairman, Tony Fernandes, has confirmed that the former Tottenham manager will stay at Loftus Road but there will almost certainly to be a team overhaul in the summer following their dismal 2012/13 campaign.
QPR have endured a year to forget. Their second successive season in the top-flight could not have started any worse, with the Hoops slumping to a humiliating 5-0 defeat at home to Swansea. In late November, as expected, Mark Hughes was sent packing after failing to lead the London strugglers to a single victory in their opening 12 league games, picking up a pitiful four points in the process.
Hot favourite Redknapp replaced the Welshman shortly after and went on to register three consecutive draws, before leading the club to their first win of the season against Fulham in mid-December, which came after a league record 17 games.
Despite heavy investment in an already expensively assembled squad Redknapp was ultimately unable to keep his team of uninspired flops in the top flight, with their relegation confirmed on Sunday following a insipid goalless draw at Reading, whose fate was also confirmed.
However, the 66-year-old has been trusted with transforming QPR’s fortunes and get them back in the big time at the first time of asking. Sky Bet have priced them as the 5/1 favourites to win the Championship next season, while Reading can be backed at 10/1 and Leeds at 16/1.
Redknapp was in a similar situation back in 2005 after suffering relegation with Southampton, however he ruthlessly ditched the Saints in favour of a return to their south coast rivals Portsmouth just four months into their Championship campaign. You wonder if a similar scenario presents itself next season would Redknapp be tempted to leave QPR for a job in the Premier League, should it come available.