QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes his side could have avoided a relegation fight if they had signed West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie in January.
Odemwingie was the subject of an unruly transfer saga earlier this year as he drove to Loftus Road on the final day in January and attempted to secure a move to Rangers.
Contract talks fell through and the Nigeria international has spent the second half off the season out of favour at The Hawthorns, with Redknapp admitting his fortunes and QPR's season could have been different if a deal was struck.
"I would not have changed an awful lot [this season], really," Redknapp said. "I'd have probably tried harder to get the boy from West Brom, Odemwingie.
"He might have really given us something up there with Bobby Zamora not being 100 per cent fit. He might have scored four or five goals that make the difference.
"He did no different to what about 50 other footballers did on the same day. He made one big mistake. He was too honest, he turned up at the football club, he was silly."
Rangers sit ten points outside the safety zone and look destined for relegation to the Championship, a vast change in circumstances for Redknapp after taking Tottenham to the semi-finals of the Champions League with an aggregate win over AC Milan two years ago.
"That's life," Redknapp said. "I started off at Bournemouth for 10 years and I loved every minute of it. I love football. The San Siro was great. I loved it. Fantastic.
"It was great going to Milan and winning but this is where I am now and I will get on with the job. I'd rather us have the challenge of building another Premier League team here which I would have done and we wouldn't be in trouble.
"If I had started at the start of the year and we'd have been where we are I'd have gone 'Yeah, I put the team together lads and I'm sorry I've put a bad team together and that's where we are'.
"But this is where we are. I've tried my best with what we've had and it's not been good enough."