Operation Redknapp is underway
For everyone associated with QPR this last month has seen a considerable upturn in fortunes. The club was in a perilous position during Mark Hughes’ tenure earlier this season, and the appointment of Harry Redknapp has seemingly transformed the club.
December 18th, 2012
During the early stages of the Redknapp era the club has picked up six points and finally finds itself off the foot of the table. The confidence around the club is growing and – most importantly – the self-belief in the players is becoming more and more evident. It had been a frustrating first few months of the season and, rather than wait any longer, the club took the appropriate action and is now looking entirely vindicated for their decision.
There is no hidden science with Redknapp’s methods; what you see is pretty much what you get. He has a good team of coaches round him but the former Tottenham manager’s real gift is that of motivation. There are very few managers in the Premier League who are able to get the best out of their squad as Redknapp does. He is brilliant at putting an arm round a player and convincing them that they are the best and that they need to prove it out on the pitch.
A perfect example of this is Adel Taarabt. He was the match winner on Saturday against Fulham and his individual performance was of a very high level. The supremely gifted Moroccan certainly has the ability to produce performances like this all the time, but struggles for consistency. It was Redknapp who sold him to QPR whilst at Tottenham, but his flair and technical ability will be a huge factor in their progress in 2013. What Harry will do is put an arm round him and encourage Taarabt to play the way he is capable of and not to worry about any individual errors which in turn increases the player’s confidence.
There is no doubt that there are some huge hurdles to overcome before QPR can realistically believe safety is a certainty but they have started well. It remains to be seen how much Redknapp will be backed in the January transfer window but the rumour mill is already in overdrive.
One thing that needs to be looked at is the defence and, in particular, the full-back positions are one that needs strengthening. With a fit and healthy squad going into the New Year Redknapp looks capable of achieving his objectives already, and with some further backing it will be fascinating to see how he fares next year.