QPR boss Redknapp under pressure - Laudrup lined up?

Harry Redknapp

QPR manager Harry Redknapp is reportedly 'on the brink' of losing his job after a series of disappointing results.

Redknapp, who replaced Mark Hughes at Loftus Road in November 2012, failed to keep Rangers in the Premier League, but there were big expectations heading into this season. Having impressed during his spells with Portsmouth and Tottenham, many had anticipated that Redknapp would lead QPR to the Championship title at the first time of asking.

Redknapp, whose approach to recruitment resembles something like the trolley dash on Dale's Supermarket Sweep, spent heavily on the likes of Danny Simpson, Richard Dunne, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Karl Henry, Gary O'Neil, Charlie Austin, Matt Phillips, Nico Kranjcar in the summer, whilst he also brought in Oguchi Onyewu and Yossi Benayoun to form a star-studded side at the Championship level.

Aaron Hughes, Kevin Doyle, Modibo Maiga and Ravel Morrison have also been added to a side that already contained Robert Green, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jermaine Jenas, Joey Barton and Junior Hoilett – and with names like those, QPR should be eyeing up a title challenge with the end of the season drawing ever closer.

But whilst they started the season well and picked up a number of 1-0 wins, that record hasn't been sustained over the course of the season, and have now picked up just one point in their last four games, and Saturday's 1-0 defeat to struggling Charlton could throw Redknapp's position into doubt – though the former West Ham boss says he isn't feeling the pressure.

The Times suggest that the QPR board are worried that the R's may drop out of the playoff places, and have allegedly lined up former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup to take over in West London, and a recent tweet from owner Tony Fernandes could pile the pressure on Redknapp, who was linked with the England job two years ago.

Should Redknapp lose his job at Loftus Road, it will surely silence the small section of fans who still believe that Spurs should have kept Redknapp rather than sack him in favour of Andre Villas-Boas, and failure in the Championship on such a big budget could make it tough for the 65-year-old to land another top job.

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