Harry Redknapp

Queen’s Park Rangers are down. Not quite officially yet of course, but they are as good as down even with 6 games to go.

Harry Redknapp’s side might have an outside chance of staying up, if they go on an incredible run, but I don’t see it given that they did not win their first 16 Premier League games of the season – they were pretty much doomed from the start. Sorry QPR fans, but a massive non-winning start to the campaign has left you doomed even before Redknapp took on the job.

I feel bad for QPR – they came into the league with such promise having won the Championship under Neil Warnock and with Tony Fernandes coming on board as the new owner (replacing the previous owners Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore or F1’s crazy old men as they are also known) life seemed good for the R’s. However, soon Warnock was gone and Mark Hughes came in with a massive piggy bank of money to throw around, and he didn’t exactly do it well.

Last season QPR only survived in the top flight on the last day of the season when Bolton lost at Stoke sending them down instead. Hardly the great escape by QPR but the fans took it and hoped for brighter and better things next season, which of course hasn’t happened.

In their draw against Wigan on Sunday, it might have been very spirited to play most of the match with 10 men thanks to Bobby Zamora’s UFC style head kick, but they still only picked up a point when a win was badly needed leaving them at least 7 points off safety with every team above them picking up big wins.

So how has this happened? How has a team with bags of money, talented, experienced Premier League managers and top players found themselves waist deep in a relegation dogfight with the Championship next season looking a certainty? Well, I have 5 points that I think answer the question…

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This article was first posted on April 10, 2013