#AskHarry becomes PR disaster after Twitter sabotage of Q&A

Queens Park Rangers' planned Q&A with manager Harry Redknapp, former boss of Tottenham, West Ham and Southampton, was sabotaged by Twitter users on Thursday afternoon.

It was meant to be a chance for QPR fans to engage with their manager. It was meant to be the communications team showcasing their awareness of the power of social media. It was meant to be Harry's chance to get his message across.

Unfortunately for Redknapp and QPR's communications team, their #AskHarry feature on social networking site Twitter descended into chaos as supporters of numerous football clubs hijacked the trend and tweeted provocative material, both abusive and mocking of the former Tottenham Hotspur boss.

It was amusing, yet predictable. Hoards of fans' ears pricked up at the news that Redknapp would be answering questions on the club's official Twitter feed, as they prepared their best jokes for full effect.

Above all, spare a thought for the communications officer in charge of the initiative, who spent his afternoon trawling a timeline filled with slurs, wit and outright hostility. How he persevered, or even kept a straight face, is beyond comprehension.

But it does beg the question, who exactly thought this was a good idea? Or one that would pass under the radar?

Whilst Redknapp himself may have been unaware of the events unfolding on the laptop opposite him, by now he will be all too aware. Tomorrow's papers appear to have picked up the story, with plenty of online coverage also being given to the club's PR disaster. 

Having sifted out the legally questionable tweets, here are some of our favourites:

@RichArrowsmith: #AskHarry - Can you teach me that magic trick where you can receive supportive text messages without actually owning a mobile phone please?

@StupidFootball: What's it like being the only man to crack under the pressure of being England manager without actually getting the job? #AskHarry

@burdinho: did you get a text from me, backing you for the england job? #askharry

@paddypower: What's a better way to use £12million? Buying Christopher Samba or putting it in a pile and setting it on fire? #AskHarry

@FallenRemember: Have you considered retro-fitting window winders to your Rangey? Get rid of electric? Think of the workout #GunShow

@djg23: Out of all the clubs you have destroyed, which has been your favourite? #AskHarry 

@JamesB_SAFC:  Do you often go to drive-thru restaurants and give your opinion on a number of Premier League players?

@EddieTheShoe: # There's a little bloke down my local who says he's a jockey & can get me tickets. Says he knows you. Can you vouch for him?

@TomN_7: AskHarry who did the most damage to the South Coast? You or the Luftwaffe?

@nathizzle: #AskHarry if you were Chancellor of the Exchequer, would you lower fuel duty or get an ageing left back in on loan to shore up the budget?

What would you have asked Redknapp? 

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