Things were meant to be oh so different at QPR this time around, with the Super Hoops certain to have learned from their last desperate spell in the Premier League.
However, once again Loftus Road has become a hotbed of overrated mercenaries and Harry Redknapp cronies, with the net result that QPR sit bottom of the league after seven games.
An unnecessarily busy summer has left the Rs a mess of a team, with a back three experiment quickly abandoned and no-one any the wiser as to what exactly is their best side.
Whatever it is, most would argue it shouldn’t include Rio Ferdinand, who at times has been used alongside Richard Dunne in a backline with a combined age greater than many countries.
Redknapp has stuck by the disastrous Ferdinand thus far, as well as failing to inspire a band of summer imports with big reputations like Mauricio Isla and Eduardo Vargas.
QPR are now just 13/20 to be relegated, which could be financially catastrophic for a club laden with ageing players on inflated wages.
Tony Fernandes will surely feel the need to make a change if things don’t improve soon, and upcoming fixtures against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City could well spell the end for Redknapp.
The former Tottenham Hotspur boss is now the comfortable favourite at 1/2 to be the next Premier League manager to leave their post, an impressive feat in a market that also contains the hardly-beloved Alan Pardew (3/1).
Glenn Hoddle, who was added to the staff over the summer, is reportedly in the frame for the hot seat, but Fernandes might have another man in mind, a certain baseball cap-sporting miracle worker whose current unemployed status won’t last long.
After guiding Crystal Palace to 11th and winning manager of the year last season Tony Pulis will be at the top of many struggling Premier League clubs’ lists if they are considering jettisoning their current manager.
The former Stoke boss’ notoriously high wages demands might price him out of a few jobs, but not QPR, who could well see Pulis as their last hope of top-flight survival.
Fernandes’ trigger finger is no doubt already covered in a grotesque outbreak of excema due to QPR’s poor results, add in the fear that another side might pinch Pulis from under his nose and you get the perfect recipe for an imminent Redknapp departure.