Harry Houdini (born Erik Weise) was a legendary stunt performer noted for his sensational escape acts.
His name sake Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp will be the modern day Houdini if he miraculously untangles QPR from the shackles of relegation.
After Liverpool crushed QPR 3-0 at Loftus road few expected them to leave Stamford Bridge with anything less than a hiding in their next fixture.
However QPR went to the Bridge on the 2nd of January 2013 and sensationally beat Chelsea 1-0 thanks to a venomous shot by ex-Chelsea player Shaun Wright Phillips.
Only one club has survived what is known as the ‘Christmas curse’ .Since the 20 years the Premier League has been in existence the club bottom of the league at Christmas has been relegated. The notable exception was West Brom in the 2004/2005 season.
Harry Redknapp has been in similar situations. In 2008/2009 he replaced Juande Ramos as Tottenham Coach when the Spurs were rock bottom. They went on to finish 8th that season. His sacking last season after guiding Spurs to a fourth place finish still remains an unfathomable conundrum. Earlier in 2005/2006 Redknapp had likewise guided Portsmouth from bottom place to survival.
QPR has an abundance of talent. Goalkeeper Julio Cesar, Armand Traore, Adel Taarabt (once dubbed the new Zinedine Zidane), Shawn Wright Phillips, Nedum Onuoha, Djibril Cisse, Bobby Zamora and Stephane Mbia are among the quality players at Redknapp’s disposal. The mixture of raw talent and experience seems a perfect combination amenable to Redknapp’s wizardry. The coach has however publicly complained about the lack of commitment of some of the squad.
Performances have improved under Redknapp. For a club that was being regularly turned over every weekend there have been some marked improvement but there is still a long way to go. QPR next play West Brom in the FA Cup and then face Spurs and West Ham in two massive derbies.Redknapp would particularly love to get one over Totten