Harry Redknapp has revealed he would have retired from management if QPR failed to win promotion last season.
The Loftus Road chief admits the prospect of another year in the Championship was enough to make him call time on an illustrious career in the game.
However, Bobby Zamora's last-gasp goal secured a dramatic play-off final victory against Derby to secure promotion back to the Premier League and give Redknapp with a new lease of life.
"If we hadn't had gone up this year I would have turned it in, I would have definitely packed up," Redknapp admitted.
"I wouldn't have gone back and done another year in the Championship, it didn't appeal to me anymore.
"But now I am excited again. To go to Anfield and Old Trafford is fantastic, I am so lucky to be able to do that.
"If we had got beat I would have turned it in, definitely. With 10 minutes to go I was thinking 'what golf club should I join this year?' Should I player here or there and then suddenly Bobby ruined it all.
"I wouldn't have missed the Championship. I didn't fancy it. I would have said 'let somebody else have a go for a year' because I like the people here and that's not b*******. I like the chairman, I genuinely look forward to seeing him."
Meanwhile, Redknapp has ditched plans for a vital knee operation, as revealed by Get West London earlier this month.
He added: "My leg is a lot better. I was struggling last year. I didn't need an operation in the end I just got on the bike and strengthened it.
"I thought I would be out for three months with that op – but the premier is exciting I am looking forward to it, it's exciting."