Why Tony Fernandes has a huge decision to make at QPR

Harry Redknapp with Glenn Hoddle at QPR training

Reports surrounding Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers future have once again emerged.

Harry Redknapp's QPR future once again hangs in the balance, according to the Daily Mirror.

And, with the west London side's results being taken into consideration, you can understand why.

At Loftus Road, QPR boast one of the best records in the Premier League. That isn't good enough, however, when your away record is the worst possible of any football team anywhere in the world or in history (losing 10 out of 10).

The reports, of course, could once again come to nothing, especially as Tony Fernandes is reportedly on good terms with his manager, while replacing Mark Hughes with Redknapp the last time Rangers were in the Premier League still didn't prevent relegation.

Fernandes, however, now has a big decision on his hands - whichever way he decides to play out his current situation.

The problem Fernandes is facing has been compounded by West Brom and Crystal Palace's responses to their recent struggles. Hiring a new manager has shown a boldness that could be the key to survival and the immediate response (although only one match) has been encouraging in terms of results.

Redknapp may be the right man for QPR and he may well keep the club up. But a manager who cannot win a single away game, whether let down by his players or not, is doing something wrong.

Tactically, selection-wise and perhaps even motivationally, something is amiss when QPR take to the road. Is it mainly down to Redknapp?

The key to any managerial change, of course, is whether the right candidate is available to replace the current man in charge. At this moment, it is unclear who could do a better a job, especially - once again - considering the R's' home form, with the west London side at times looking brilliant at Loftus.

Either way, though, Fernandes is about to make another key decision during his QPR tenure. His side's struggles have got to such a point once again - in that history looks to be repeating itself with some inevitability - that the owner must be decisive. A new manager would be a big change. Equally, however, sticking by Redknapp during this rough patch would send an emphatic message out: that Fernandes will remain loyal to his man whatever happens - however low QPR may sink.

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