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24th October - Hurrah, Harry's back
« on: November 24, 2012, 11:26:06 am »

Personally speaking, I know Harry Redknapp has his critics but I was gutted he did not get the England job and really pleased he's back in the Premier League.

He's a colourful character and his teams play great football.

So looking forward to the soap opera of the Premier League continuing with a role for him. Just wish he would take his son Jamie with him too so I don't have to watch his inane punditry every Sunday on Sky Sports.

Also liked this article by Henry Winter in the Telegraph about the soap opera of the Premier League still pulling in the viewers.

Football's soap opera can have a happy ending as Harry 'Red Adair' Redknapp rides to QPR's rescue
Another day, another drama. Forget EastEnders. The real capital soap opera is WestEnders. First Roberto Di Matteo gets dismissed at Chelsea, then Friday’s episode writes Mark Hughes out of the script at QPR. Ratings will rise as a perennial favourite, a reliable footballing character, Harry “Red Adair” Redknapp, rides back into town to assume a starring role at Loftus Road.

By Henry Winter12:35AM GMT 24 Nov 20124 Comments

So, welcome to another noisy week in the national sport. Football possesses this arrogant ability to seize the agenda. In the run-up to the BBC’s coveted Sports Personality of the Year, football really should be keeping a low profile, a chastened stance after an embarrassing, eclipsed year. Inspiring Olympians? Celebrated cyclists knocked off their bikes? All major stories, all ignored by football, charging manically around sports-town like hyperactive children overindulged on E-numbers.

Redknapp’s back, so on with the show and farewell Sparky. Many critics bemoan the paucity of loyalty and morality in the modern game, the mad managerial merry-go-round, frothing incandescently that football is going to hell in an untaxed handcart.

Yet the game remains a modern broadcasting Klondike, finding gold in the carnage. Football can be going up in flames, yet everyone gathers around the bonfire, holding their hands to the warmth, enjoying the crackle and the spectacle.

Events in west London must be viewed through a broader prism. The world looks with fascination not alarm. Those closer to developments will react differently. Di Matteo’s departure contrasts markedly with Hughes’. Roman Abramovich’s callous sacking of Di Matteo rankles Chelsea fans so much that some plot a minor protest at the Bridge on Sunday; the 16th minute will be marked by applause for a past wearer of the No 16 shirt, a certain R Di Matteo. Understandable. Di Matteo made Chelsea champions of Europe.

A couple of miles away, sympathy can be found for the feelings of Tony Fernandes, the owner of Queens Park Rangers. Hughes had not stockpiled the emotional capital of Di Matteo, let alone the points, plaudits or trophies. QPR fans had clearly turned against Hughes, responding furiously to their supine surrender to Southampton at Loftus Road last weekend. Fernandes had to act, so little anger was stirred by Hughes’ latest exit.

When the Welshman was shown the door at Manchester City by Garry Cook there was widespread and understandable resentment. Hughes was attempting to build a team gradually, a reality appreciated by the more sensible fans. Cook was running too fast and was himself moved on by the club’s Arab-based owners, who eventually saw the need for evolution over revolution.

Hughes, this time, bought badly. He focused on pouring funds into midfield when QPR cried out for strengthening in defence and attack.
Redknapp’s first challenge must be to address the imbalance of the squad, the patent fact that there are players who commanded expensive fees, who are overpaid, and are of little use to the team.

Hughes is a good manager who turned into a bad buyer. QPR boast few centre-halves capable of actually heading the ball properly, of clearing incoming corners, a residual concern. Redknapp will surely note this flaw and get on the phone to his old club, Tottenham Hotspur, and see if they will sell him Michael Dawson in January.
Redknapp will also quickly see the split in the dressing-room between the handsomely-remunerated new arrivals and those underpaid, over-achievers who fought their way up through promotion.

He has plenty of work to do yet already English football feels a better, more colourful place with Redknapp’s return. In the year that the Football Association appointed Roy Hodgson (admittedly ahead of Redknapp) and opened the English coaching hub of St George’s Park, the English game needs home-grown managers to the fore.
Redknapp’s reappearance is a reminder to all those emerging from the playing ranks of the need to learn the ropes, doing their time, with smaller clubs such as Bournementh. Redknapp needed a few bites at the Cherries first. He really came to major prominence with his work at West Ham, demonstrating his man-management skills with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard.

His reigns at Portsmouth (twice), Southampton and Spurs indicated that Redknapp did not always appreciate interfering owners. The exact reasons for Redknapp’s controversial departure from the Lane in June 2012 have never been fully clarified but Spurs powerbrokers’ long-standing resentment over Redknapp’s loyalty to Robbie Keane is believed to have played a part.

Fernandes will not dabble in team affairs, so annoying his new charge. He just wants Redknapp to rescue his club, to stop Rangers being strangers. With Redknapp in charge, QPR have a chance of being a headline act in the soap opera.