Much speculation this week has involved the future of Harry Redknapp at QPR. The manager has been under pressure from fans in recent weeks after he struggled to get his team playing to their full potential.
Such is the talent in the QPR ranks that they should be staying clear of the bottom three. Sure they don't have the strength in depth of a Chelsea, but they should not be at polar opposites in the league.
But Redknapp came out yesterday, following public backing from Rio Ferdinand, to make it clear that he would not be walking away from Loftus Road.
But he also went on to give some reasons as to why QPR currently sit bottom of the Premier League table. In his interview with The Independent he was keen to point out that he did not want to 'make excuses' before going on to make two of them.
Fitness and the absence of a now Chelsea player.
After Chelsea allowed Fernando Torres his two year loan at AC Milan Jose Mourinho needed another striker. Remy fitted the bill. They, along with Arsenal, met his release clause of £10.5 million before the Gunners pulled out in order to sign Danny Welbeck.
On the 31st of August Remy officially signed for Chelsea - and Redknapp believes that losing him so late in the window has been a contributing factor, as they did not manage to replace him:
“It’s been difficult. I’m not making excuses but we are trying to get players fit after bringing them in late. When we went to Ireland on a pre-season tour we only had 12 outfield players. We made signings late on and we have been playing catch-up.
“Losing Loïc Rémy so late on didn’t help either. It’s obvious we are short of goals and short of goalscorers but Rémy’s move to Chelsea happened so late on that we didn’t have time to bring in another striker despite the best efforts of everyone at the club to do so.”
But everyone knew that Remy was going to leave in the summer. Eventually somebody was bound to activate that release clause, in the end two teams did, but QPR did not plan ahead for a replacement?
Hard to believe. It is more likely that they had already signed Eduardo Vargas as his replacement, and he is one of those still catching up on match fitness after a busy summer.
The other possibility is of course that Jermain Defoe's sudden availability on Deadline Day prompted QPR's attentions and other avenues were discarded in the hunt of a Redknapp favourite - who in the end, was not sold by MLS side Toronto FC.
Either way it does not matter. Remy is at Chelsea, Defoe is at Toronto and Redknapp is at QPR.
Time for excuses is over, and Redknapp needs the international break to have done his ailing team some help.