FourFourTwo and Forza Football have surveyed 200,000 fans of Premier League clubs to gauge their confidence in their team's manager, players and chairman/owner. Here, Nick Harper picks through the findings to see how QPR fans' mood has changed over the season...
Promoted fortuitously via the play-offs in May, the Loftus Road faithful had significantly more faith in their manager Harry Redknapp (82%) than in his squad (67%) as we approached the opening day.
Seven dispiriting defeats later and the confidence levels in both have plummeted. The calamitous 2-3 defeat at home to a truly hopeless Liverpool registered a low for both – confidence in the squad dropped to 45%; confidence in ’Arry was only slightly higher at 47%.
A narrow defeat at Stamford Bridge and a spirited 2-2 draw with champions Manchester City has seen the club rise off the foot of the table, and seen Redknapp (61%) and his squad (66%) rise in the confidence ratings.
But perhaps the most telling stat in all of this is that while the squad’s confidence has fallen just 1% since the start of the season, Redknapp’s has dropped an alarming 21%. Still, January’s not far off now.