Is this Harry Redknapp's last hurrah?

Dean Court has rotated 90 degrees since Harry Redknapp last stalked its touchline during a competitive game. Nearly 22 years have passed too, and the fact that the ex-Bournemouth manager hasn’t meaningfully crossed swords with his former club during that time says plenty about the fortunes – or perhaps you might say fortune – that both have experienced in the meantime.

Redknapp finally brings a side to Dorset on Saturday, with stakes rather higher than might have been expected. Defeat to Eddie Howe’s vibrant home side would probably end any argument QPR have in this season’s automatic promotion race from the Championship; win, and it might just be back on. Right angles or not, you can’t help but feel that Redknapp’s managerial career is close to completing a full circle – the last rites being prepared, if not quite read out, back where it all began.

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