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Peter Beagrie hails the achievement by Harry Redknapp in taking QPR up to the Premier League
It hasn't been plain sailing but Harry Redknapp has come through a stern test, says Peter Beagrie.
Last Updated: 26/05/14 9:02am
Bobby Zamora's dramatic last-gasp goal earned the Rs victory in the Championship play-off final, and the west Londoners will be returning to the top flight after a two-year absence.
The weight of expectation on Redknapp has been all-too evident, and Beagrie believes the former Portsmouth and Tottenham boss has done an incredible job.
"I think, when you look at the way they went about their business, we said Harry was not over-enamoured with the Championship," he said. "But it wasn't that, it was the pressure, and because of how critical it can be for teams coming down.
"He's galvanised the group - you go back to the 20 players he got out, he's brought some real quality in with the likes of [Danny] Simpson, [Richard] Dunne, [Nedum] Onouha and people like that.
"He already had people like Clint Hill - you talk about natural leaders and managers on a football pitch as well - and Joey Barton."
It wasn't all plain sailing for Redknapp, who knew the expectation from the club's fans and owners was that they would return to the Premier League comfortably.
Beagrie believes, though, the 67-year-old has the right blend of old and modern philosophy, and it could stand them in good stead to establish themselves in the top flight.
"His management skills have been tested to the utmost - they haven't been fluent and fluid," he added. "For a manager who likes to play with wingers, and entertain in the final third, it's been difficult for him.
"He's gone through the pain barrier mentally and physically - we forgot about the injury he had. He said 'how can I expect them to run through brick walls when I've got crutches' and he threw them away. He probably won't be able to walk properly again.
"In that way he's old school, but then he's got some modern ideas on how the game should be played, and the people that he gets around him as well, the stats these guys go with, and the medical people as well. I'm really pleased for him."