I hate it when managers come up against their former teams. It's all but scripted for an upset, regardless of the calibre of the squad available to the man who replaced the outgoing boss. The same can be said of Harry Redknapp when Tottenham Hotspur take on Queen's Park Rangers today.
It'll be the first time the veteran boss will take on Spurs since he was sacked over the summer, despite leading them to three consecutive top six finishes for the first time in 47 years. The 65-year-old was relieved of his duties having missed out on a place in the Champions League as a result of Chelsea's penalty shoot out exploits in Munich.
In his place came Andre Villas-Boas and after a rocky start to life at White Hart Lane, the 35-year-old is beginning to win over the fans as they currently lie in 3rd in the Premiership, not to mention a Manager of the Month award he picked up for December.
With Spurs currently flying the league after a superb return of three wins and one draw over the festive period, it's understandable that Villas-Boas has received the plaudits. Redknapp even claimed that the quality he has at his disposal could see his former club challenge for domestic honours with two teams.
Furthermore, the veteran boss even claimed during the Friday press conferences that he continuously remains in close contact with former employer Daniel Levy, confirming that he spoke to him on Thursday, stopping short of what was discussed between the two.
It goes to show that the duo seemingly went their separate ways on amicable terms, something a number of Spurs fans haven't done since his June departure. Many instead have opted to criticise Redknapp, perhaps unfairly so.
It's been said numerous times in the past, by the QPR manager himself in fact, that when he took over Spurs back in 2008, they had two points from eight games. Following the disastrous spell under Juande Ramos, the club were cemented to the foot of the Premiership and coming across as relegation fodder rather than perennial top four contenders.
Nevertheless, Redknapp guided the club to a respectable 8th placed finish that season before his three full years in charge saw Spurs secure 4th, 5th and 4th again over the next 36 months. While he may not have been every fans cup of tea, alienating himself from the supporters after the England job became available, but for those often lambasting the veteran boss, regardless of his actions during the second half of last season, need to have a long hard look at themselves.
Granted, the form wasn't as impressive as it perhaps could've been in the latter stages of the past two campaigns, while his technical capability isn't as impressive as that of Villas-Boas, but he still managed to bring the best out of the players during his three full years at White Hart Lane and it would be fair to credit him with the notion that Spurs are now regular contenders for a top four finish.
It's only right that the travelling support, in my opinion, give him a warm welcome at Loftus Road during the lunchtime kick off. Furthermore, rather than make it an encounter in order to “get one over” Redknapp, instead it's a focus on the three points.
It's ultimately essential for Spurs to pick up maximum points against QPR, especially following the 1-0 defeat at the hands of the R's last season. With the players available to Villas-Boas, not to mention those returning from injury, three points is most certainly on the cards.
And that is what is important for Spurs today. Redknapp gave us some happy memories – the Champions League adventure will be on to savour for years to come – but that's what they are now: memories.
We should give Redknapp a warm applause, and one he deserves, but nothing further. As soon as the game kicks off, it's them vs us; QPR vs Spurs, not Harry vs Villas-Boas, so instead of focusing on proving the veteran boss wrong, rather get behind the teams and help them to come away from Loftus Road and another three points to add to the 39 that the club have garnered thus far.