I’m sure you’ve noticed QPR’s appalling away from – they’re guaranteed to be without a Premier League away win until 31st January, and will go into their next away game with a P10 W0 D0 L10 record. Woeful.
Yet experienced Harry Redknapp watches will find this abysmal difference as no surprise; he has a long history of performing fairly poorly away from home in whichever league he is in. Here’s a graph of his home vs. away Points Per Game over his spells in management.
Now, that wasn’t such a problem in the 1980s, and even, to a point in the 90s, but nowadays, there is a definite trend going away from home teams having dominance in football. Well, there’s a definite trend unless you support a Harry Redknapp side, seemingly.
Here’s that particular rubric (home ppg – away ppg) for his career in management. One of the two ‘even’ seasons (the outliers at the bottom) was QPR’s rather abject relegation campaign that saw the Hoops 0.85 points per game at home and 0.83 away from home – neither particularly impressive.
The other, and you have to credit where its due, is Portsmouth’s 8th placed finish in 2007/2008; their away record was a well-balance 9-1-9 that campaign, the 28 points being a solitary point fewer than they won at home.
In short, Harry Redknapp has always been a home bird, but as football has changed, he has not. It will be a long season for those at Loftus Road, but not at Loftus Road.