Laudrup’s availability accelerating QPR’s Redknapp frustrations

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There can’t have been too many squads in Championship history as strong as Queens Park Rangers’ this season, so promotion back in to the big time shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for Harry Redknapp.

Names like Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Rob Green and Yossi Benayoun wouldn’t look out of place on Premier League team sheets, and that’s just a small sample size of the quality available to Harry Redknapp.

So the fact that QPR are lengthy 20/1 shots to win the Championship title with a third of the season still to play doesn’t reflect too well on the former Tottenham boss.

That’s a train of thought echoed by the Loftus Road head honchos, who are rumoured to be considering sacking Redknapp after a run of four league games where just one point has been added to their tally.

Recently sacked Swansea boss, Michael Laudrup, is the leading candidate to replace Redknapp should he be dispensed with and it’s thought after being shown the door unceremoniously in Wales, the Dane would be eager to get straight back into an English dugout.

With Leicester 15 points out of reach, the Championship title hasn’t been on QPR’s radar for some time.

The run of recent woe, which has seen Rangers lose three games on the spin, has engineered the west London side’s slip to seven points behind Burnley in the race to be the Championship’s runners-up, gaining automatic promotion in the process.

That points deficit leaves Rangers at 11/10 to be promoted, but they’ll likely have to settle for the lottery that is the Championship play-offs as a last chance to navigate a route back to the top flight.

With a new stadium planned and vast investment put into the playing staff, a continued slip in performance could see Redknapp ousted from Loftus Road as soon as Saturday, should Leeds get the better of his side.

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