Rumours abound that should QPR lose at home to Manchester United this weekend, the Super Hoops’ fat cats will burst into Harry Redknapp’s office wielding the axe.
Concerned readers needn’t dial 999, no physical harm will come to the R’s boss, it’s only a metaphorical axe, but the former Tottenham tactician will have to deal with the sting of being sacked.
The bad news gets worse, for a Red Devils triumph is, predictably, what the odds aficionados at bwin.com anticipate, going 3/5 about an away win.
For Redknapp to keep his job he must ensure his side swerve a smiting at Loftus Road; they’re 27/20 to pick up a point or better at the expense of Louis van Gaal’s charges.
But even if they don’t achieve his unlikely feat, dispensing with Redknapp’s services would be madness.
The first reason formulating this conclusion is that as a replacement for the seasoned survivalist Tony Fernandes and co have Tim Sherwood lined up.
At Spurs, the outspoken helmsman recorded a string of respectable results and, as he reminds us at every opportunity without fail, none of his predecessors can match his win percentage with the White Hart Lane club.
However, a very strong squad in terms of depth and quality enabled him to have such an enjoyable time; these luxuries won’t be available to him at Loftus Road.
His managerial traits are very similar to Redknapp’s too.
Tactically, his methods are uncomplicated, simplistic, with his strongest asset an ability to motivate his charges through straight talking and loud noises.
The QPR boss built a career on these skills, so how will swapping him for Sherwood leave QPR any better off?
As it stands, the west Londoners sit just three points back from 13th-place and have lost just twice (both in an exceptionally unfortunate manner it must be noted) at home all season.
Should they maintain these standards at base camp and contrive to pick up a point or two on the road, survival is an objective they can easily achieve.
Despite this, Redknapp remains the even-money favourite to be the next manager to vacate his Premier League post.