By Josh Powell | Sports writer
Honeymoon periods tend to be exciting, passionate and exhilarating. A time when you don’t notice your new partner’s flaws – whether that be a 2-0 loss away or a dodgy tax receipt. Supposedly they can last anywhere from six weeks to three months but for QPR fans it might last little over four days.
Harry Redknapp comes in to this relationship after Mark Hughes rightly got the boot with Rangers picking up just four points from 13 games, despite bringing in plenty of new additions in the summer and receiving a healthy transfer budget.
Harry boasts just a Division Three title and an FA Cup on his fairly bog-standard CV but is the ‘miracle man’ fans believe can save the Rs? The ‘whealer-deeler’ who was widely tipped for the England job now has to mould a slightly different and less capable eleven players into a team capable of winning important matches instead.
But everyone hoping for instant results when QPR travel to Sunderland tonight are very wide of the mark. Think Marouane Chamakh taking a shot from the edge of the box. That’s how wide you are.
These are the key numbers from Harry’s first three games at the six clubs he has managed in his career.
- Harry has won just 27.5 per cent of the 18 games
- He has drawn an incredible 45 per cent of them, drawing 1-1 on four occasions
- They tend to be low scoring games. He averages just 1.3 goals scored a game and concedes 1.6 goals
It’s bleak reading for QPR fans who were hoping the miracle would start at the Stadium of light. And it looks even worse when you highlight his form away from home.
- Out of the eight games away from home he has never won. Ever
- He has lost five which is a staggering 62.5 per cent
- He concedes a whopping 2.5 goals a game and has only scored seven goals in those eight matches
Whichever way you look at it, it’s not pretty reading. In fact seeing Eric Bristow waking up hot, sweaty and topless in the jungle every morning is slightly easier on the eye. It also explains why Sunderland are the 5/4 favourites for tonight’s clash with QPR at 9/4. The draw is arguably the most attractive bet at 9/4 and the 1-1 correct score at 5/1 could prove to be the best shout.
- Betting: Sunderland v QPR
- Betting: To get relegated from the Premier League
- Betting: To avoid relegation from the Premier League