With Harry Redknapp angrily denying players partied and drank hard on a Dubai training break, this sort of smoke and mirror tactic seen in the past by a Harry with a different occupation, is deferring from possibly Redknapp`s greatest trick to date.
With their win against Southampton yesterday, the party Champagne may also be closer to coming out of the ice, it seems that if your club has a relegation problem and if no one else can help and the price is right; Harry is the man you need.
He saved his Bournemouth side from dropping out of the Football league in 1983; he kept Portsmouth in the Premier League in the season of 2003-2004 and then came back in December 2005 to save Portsmouth again from the drop.
Harry has though had his failures, Southampton falling from the top flight, ending a 27 year stint and Bournemouth after gaining promotion to the then Second Division did get relegated from there, three seasons later. Q.P.R. however, do have a chance to live another season in the Premier League.
The countdown from 10 starts next week at home to Sunderland, and including Sunderland, five of the teams Q.P.R still have to play are in the six places above them. With Reading and Aston Villa still also having to play both Manchester United and Manchester City in their run-ins, there may be a chance to grab that place above the line.
So there is a chance Harry may still be able to pull Q.P.R`s Rabbit out of the relegation hat, with only 3 wins at this point of the season. If he does, the drinks will definitely be flowing at Loftus Road for the Great Escape and a huge party that Harry won`t forget for a long time to come.