Harry Redknapp’s resignation for a knee operation - deferred at least twice – has to be the most convenient reason for a QPR manager’s departure since Paulo Sousa got his marching orders for responding to a fan’s question.
No one believed Sousa’s sacking was anything but a handy excuse in April 2009, and I doubt there is anyone swallowing Harry’s op as a reason to skedaddle back to his Sandbanks pile before things get really tough.
Whether as rumoured the ex-manager was ticked off the club failed to get anyone in last night before the transfer window shut is neither here nor there.
Harry could see the writing on the wall with the squad in front of him, and I doubt he fancies being on the end of his second relegation as a manager.
But considering he brought in 13 of the players left to battle, I doubt he has a case for too much sympathy like the type he recently pleaded at a press conference.
He got a bail-out vote of confidence from Tony Fernandes three days later, but I’d give a cookie jar full of pennies for the chairman’s thoughts right now.
Rio Ferdinand? What has Harry’s favourite achieved other than pick up a reported £65k-a-week? Jordon Mutch didn’t fancy it, well, much, and Eduardo Vargas, Mauricio Isla, Matt Phillips, Niko Kranjcar - and above all others, Sandro, have failed to hit their straps consistently - or at all.
For a fact, I know the hierarchy were unimpressed with the signings of Javier Chevantón and Oguchi Onyewu last season. The pair, who managed just 19 minutes on a pitch in total before being released might not have cost much as Harry kept insisting, but neither were they giving their time for free.
The West Ham loanees: out of three over two seasons, maybe, one Ravel Morrison - and then at the beginning - proved to be worth the effort.
What is Mauro Zarate doing at the club? He’s obviously not fit, not liked, or not showing any desire, but the ex-manager chose him barely a month ago.
The hits have been Steven Caulker - and even he has been creaking recently, and undoubtedly Charlie Austin, and the one surprise - Richard Dunne, but three out of 13 is not a good return.
Still, if there is to be a silver lining imagine midfielder Adel Taarabt’s whoop of joy when he heard the news, and in case it’s been forgotten the club Harry took down? It was Southampton in 2005. Look what’s happened to Saturday’s opponents since.