Many were expecting his team — with a wage bill bigger than Borussia Dortmund’s and with a plethora of Premier League stars — to run away with the Sky Bet Championship and return to the top flight.

But after a 1-0 defeat by the League One side, Redknapp feared they would tumble down another tier. ‘It was a concern,’ he  admits. ‘At Peterborough, when I drove down after the game, I thought we’re going to have a difficult season; I didn’t like the look of us. So, when we started well in the league it gave everyone a lift.

‘But I couldn’t see us running away with it. People always said Burnley would fall away. I didn’t think they would. I thought for us to finish above Burnley we’re going to need 86-87 points — and winning two points a game is never easy.’

Despite Redknapp’s fears, QPR have not been outside the top five all season. They are three games away from winning promotion, starting with the first leg of their play-off at Wigan on Friday.

But, including loans, 25 players have left the club since last summer.

‘A lot of them were good, players you’d love to have here,’ he says. ‘We couldn’t keep them all. Their wages were too high. If Loic Remy had stayed, we’d have got promoted. He’d have got you 25 goals. Stephane M’Bia has played for Seville in the Europa League semi-final. He’d’ve been a big player. Adel Taarabt is playing at AC Milan. They’ve not exactly gone to bad clubs.’

Redknapp says he is in the dark about the financial future if QPR don’t win promotion this year. But he is confident they will not lose their star players, with top-flight clubs monitoring Charlie Austin, Joey Barton and Bobby Zamora.