Harry Redknapp admits Queens Park Rangers are staring relegation in the face.
The Hoops avoided the drop into the Championship on the final day of last season, when Mark Hughes promised the fans that they would enjoy a much more comfortable campaign this term. However, after a woeful start, the Welsh coach was sacked after 12 matches.
Redknapp’s appointment was universally welcomes at Loftus Road, but the former Tottenham Hotspur side, who led the White Hart Lane club to fourth last season, has been unable to lift them from trouble. And a 2-0 defeat at home to Stoke City on Saturday has left him admitting that he and his players need a miracle if they are to maintain their Premier League status.
“It will take a miracle to stay up now. It is almost impossible,” he told Sky Sports. “We had a go, but maybe we are short of that bit of quality needed in this league.”
QPR are now 10 points from safety, and with just four games left to play, the maximum haul they can achieve is a 12. Stoke, meanwhile, will now feel they have survival in their grasp. This win puts them six points ahead of the danger zone, and a win at home to Norwich City at the weekend would see them reach the 40-point mark, which is usually enough to stave off relegation.