Harry Redknapp's decision to leave QPR due to an impending knee operation may well have condemned his side to relegation, a faith that was looking all the more likely as the season drew on and now without the experience of Redknapp they are truly fighting an uphill battle.
QPR currently sit in 19th place in the Premier League on 19 points, only fellow newcomers to the Premier League this season Leicester lie below them. Fortunately for QPR they are just one point adrift of safety with last seasons Championship winners Burnley sitting precariously in 17th place on 20 points.
While some teams at the bottom have shown some signs of hope in recent weeks, QPR have been terrible, in their eleven away games this season they have lost them all, their home form however has been slightly more impressive. In their 12 home games they have won 5, drawn 4 and lost just 3. If they could work and improve their away form they may well have a chance but it will be no easy task for whoever is given the job.
The lack of transfer activity in the window, which was suggested by many as the reason Redknapp departed, may not necessarily be a bad thing for this team.QPR in their last Premier League campaign under Harry Redknapp went out and spent wildly and it didnt pay off, this time maybe not purchasing any players could help them and its not as if they don't have enough quality in the squad. Players such as Charlie Austin, Leroy Fer and Eduardo Vargas are all very capable players that should be able to help QPR do a lot better than they currently are. A settled team in the coming months could turn the tide for the West London club.
In terms of fixtures, Redknapp has left QPR in a period of crucial fixtures,in their next five games they welcome Southampton, Spurs and Arsenal to Loftus Road while playing away to Hull and Sunderland in two crucial bottom of the table clashes. The possibility of not winning any of these games is all too high and if they dont secure a manager anytime soon that could well be the case. These games could well define the R’s season so its important they have a manager in place.
The current favourite for the job is Tim Sherwood, the former Spurs boss would be a good fit for the side and could instill the fight in the players that has been lacking this season. If he is to get the job he will have a lot of work to do and will have to hit the ground running if QPR are to avoid going straight back down to the Championship.