Harry Redknapp showing he is still willing to learn at QPR

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It has been a busy start to the transfer window at QPR already this month.

The off-season at QPR is never dull. Certainly not since Tony Fernandes took over.

Relegated to the Championship, the Hoops' rebuilding plans took a huge boost yesterday when they pulled off one of the deals of the summer, selling Christopher Samba back to Anzhi for the £12 million they bought him for in January.

The wiping out of that cash imbalance plus his wages have removed a huge millstone from around the club's neck, but it also overshadowed the big news at Loftus Road - Steve McClaren's appointment.

The former England boss has been installed on a three-month contract as a coach, working underneath Harry Redknapp.

Importantly it appears Redknapp may have been behind the idea to bring him on board, which is fortunate as had it been one of those 'over his head' appointments enforced on him akin to Kinnear and Pardew at Newcastle, it could have been his get-out clause to leave.

In fact Redknapp sounds positively enthused about the appointment:

"I am delighted to have been able to bring Steve in,"

"Everyone in the game knows what a top coach he is and he'll add something different to the group, regardless of how long he is with us for.

"This is a very important season for us and I wanted to look at freshening up the whole place, not just the playing side. I want new ideas, different opinions and another experienced head to speak to."

It's good news for QPR, and hints at a more frugal regime at the club. Redknapp has earned a reputation rightly or wrongly as a 'wheeler dealer' who could utilise the transfer market to spend his way forward.

A summer of consolidation means he is unlikely to get that, although is already making new additions in free agent Danny Simpson. 

But the addition of McClaren indicates Redknapp realises his biggest challenge is to use what he does have, those who remain, and take a fresh approach to a league which is notoriously competitive.

McClaren's last experience of Championship football with Nottingham Forest did not end well, but it is more than Redknapp has in recent years and the extra advice will no doubt help him along the way.

Redknapp's willingness to learn from a forward-thinker like McClaren can only be of benefit to QPR, and the next few months with him on board could just shape Ranger's entire season.

QPR fans what do you think of the appointment? Is it a no-lose situation?

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