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How Would You Rate Harry Redknapp As a Football Manager?

Depending on your school of thought, you may view Harry Redknapp as an expert football manager or a man who can only buy his way to success.

On the positive side, Redknapp’s man-management skills means that the whole club and team plays for him, a passion which can only help in the position QPR are in. He has also brought in a few players that are looking better than anyone former QPR manager Mark Hughes signed. Players such as Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas — who played for Redknapp at Tottenham — are playing very well right now, and were both came on free transfers to Loftus Road. His eye for players was exactly what was needed at Queens Park Rangers. This will give QPR fans hope that they can stay up this season.

On the downside, Harry Redknapp’s squads are not rotated enough. This is the reason why many teams that Redknapp has managed suffer an awful loss of form towards the end of the season because the players get tired. This lack of rotation, coupled with his strong personality, tends to alienate some players. A few negative attitudes can derail a push to remain in the Premier League. Redknapp’s lack of tactical flexibility is also a problem. When he finds his team, he then finds and sticks with a formation. While this works incredibly well in some games, it doesn’t always work. This causes a varied form book and allows teams to figure out how to play against Redknapp’s sides. Injuries can also easily put paid to any good runs Redknapp’s teams have had. The evidence is with his time at other clubs.

What do you think about Harry Redknapp? Do you think he will help Queen’s Park Rangers beat relegation?

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  1. Dinorah

    March 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

    He definitely doesn’t rotate players enough. That’s why so many players left Spurs during his last season there. I’d be tired of sitting on the bench all the time.

  2. Jason

    March 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    As a Tottenham supporter I’ll give you my perspective.

    Harry is a good manager, not a great manager. I believe his man management skills are a bit over-rated to be fair. Ask Niko Krancjar, Luka Modric, Alan Hutton and a few others from Tottenham. I think this stems from his tactical ineptness.

    In a telling interview, Gareth Bale praised Harry for giving him a chance but basically equated Harrys management style to “go out and run around a bit” whereas under AVB he has received guidance on positioning and I think that is why we’ve seen him excel this season.

    Another telling sign with regard to his lack of man management and tactical awareness is his lack of in game changes and his lack of the ability to have a rotation.

    Harry, give a good group of more senior players will provide results, he is not a man to build a club around in my opinion based on what I’ve seen.

    For these reasons, I think it stands to be possible that he would make a very good international manager. The need for rotation is not as important so his tendency to freeze out certain players wouldn’t be as applicable and his “man management” could be useful in that scenario.

  3. Scrumper

    March 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Look Harry’s a wide boy, a loveable rogue. Money is at the root of everything he does. He’s the bloke in the pub who always knows where something fell off the back of a lorry.

    He has his teams play the type of football he enjoys i.e. attack is the best form of defence. If he has the right type of players it works amazingly well and from a fans perspective exciting to watch.

    He’s always available to the press and uses them to build consensus and public opinion. If you’re on his squad and he starts dropping your name at press conferences, watch out, you’re not long for his team.

    I like Harry; he doesn’t put up with whiners and will genuinely stand up for players that show commitment. He’s an old fashioned manager that still considers playing (and managing) for your country is an honour. Unfortunately I think he’s inherited to many squad problems at QPR to keep them from the drop. I’d love for him to prove me wrong.

    Harry’s a great character and football needs more like him before the game goes completely soulless.

  4. Frill Artist

    March 21, 2013 at 1:31 am

    He’s lucky. That’s all.

  5. trickybrkn

    March 20, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Here is all you ever need to know about Harry…
    he’s goy a twitch.

  6. David G

    March 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I think he’s pretty good, not great.

    1. All Managers look out for number 1 (themselves) but Harry doesn’t try at all to hide the fact. You could say that’s a good or bad thing…I guess he’s being honest about it at least.

    2. He has his favorites and will play his favorite players all the time.

    3. He knows tactics better than he lets on but his teams generally seems either able to really play defense or really attack. Getting the balance of the two is what separates the good from the great.

  7. Dave

    March 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Redknapp is a good manager but not among the elite. If he weren’t British he wouldn’t get the kind of praise he’s received. He works well with players and allows them to express themselves on the field as he is not rigid in his tactics but unfortunately he is not very tactically astute.

    Still, among British managers he is among the top 5.

    • M Owen

      March 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      haha there are only three british managers in EPL i think…so he’s in top 3 😉

      • Ben Newman

        March 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm

        Ferguson; Hughton; Lambert; Rodgers; Moyes; Pardew; Pulis; O’Neil; Allardyce; Clarke and Redknapp from the article, there’s a few more than three :p

      • dust

        March 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm

        British manager in the BPL are

        David Moyes
        Alan Pardew
        Paul Lambert
        and Martin O’niel (board line qualifies as a manager)

        Houghton is irish so doesn’t count

        so 9 maybe 10 if your wanted to include the CH as he sounds like a Londoner.

        quiet a few more than 3

        • dust

          March 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm

          as I was typing Ben gets in there.. bugger

      • The Gaffer

        March 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm

        M Owen, I think you mean there are only 3 English managers in the EPL.

        The Gaffer

  8. Craig B

    March 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    All of the big expensive contrats QPR signed weren’t Redknapps doing it was our Chairman Tony Fernandes. Every other signing he brought in was cheap. On the subject of switching players around, he’s been better at it with QPR, but I’m not sure if its because he’s learning from the past or he just still doesn’t know his best side. Either way our starting eleven and formations have changed quite a bit since he took over.

    It’s hard to say he’s not a great manager. If the league started when Redknapp took over I think we’d be some where mid table, and wheather or not the R’s have enough time to catch up he still turned around the mess Mark Hughes left us in.

    On the subject of his spending. It’s not his job to keep a club financially a float that’s the chairman and the board’s. I would guess that a manager keeping a player is check is just as hard sometimes as a chairman keeping a manager in check. For me Redknapps only real bump in the road is Southhampton.

  9. M Owen

    March 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    try asking this to Portsmouth and Southampton fans …if he had been at spurs for another year or two then i am sure he would have bankrupted them as well.

    irony is that he was taking swipes at mark hughes for giving generous contracts.

    • Bishopville Red

      March 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      +1. The free transfers you mention are one thing, but wages, not transfer fees were the heart of the problem at both south coast clubs. Bonuses killed them too. Pompey winning the FA Cup was the worst thing that could have happened, ironically.

      I’m not sure how much Jenas and Townsend are on, but the £15 K a week he was making at Forest is definitely NOT what he’s earning at Premier side QPR.

      On top of that, despite taking a pay cut from his wacky Russian wages, Chris Samba is costing a fair chunk of salary (rumours of over £100K week for 41/2 years) Julio Cesar is on £50K/wk for 4 years.

      People are quick to forget, but those two will cost QPR £30 million in wages alone (£42M if you include Samba’s transfer fee). Harry might speculate that it’s over 4 years, but if QPR goes down, almost all of their parachute payment will go into those two pockets, as Samba and Cesar are certain to move on.


  10. Rob

    March 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Great points,
    I think he gets less credit than he deserves, he got Spurs into the top four last year after taking over when they were close to the relegation spots. Villa Boas is reaping the benefits from his side. I think he’d be a great manager to work under; if we could merge his man management skills with Rafa’s tactics we could have the perfect manager.

    • Ben Newman

      March 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks Rob,
      I think you’re right that would be a good mix of managers and if anything Rafa mixes it up too much.

      It’s perhaps the reason why Alex Ferguson keeps winning.

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