Harry Redknapp believes he could have kept Queens Park Rangers up had the club successfully signed Peter Odemwingie during the January transfer window.
The west London club are ten points adrift from safety with just four games remaining, and look almost certain to be condemned to relegation after a dismal season, where they have only managed to secure 24 points from 34 games.
Following his appointment as manager in November of last year, Redknapp brought Tal Ben Haim, Loic Remy, Yun Suk-Young, Christopher Samba, Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend to the club in efforts to keep the club in the top flight of English football.
The club were also close to signing West Brom forward Odemwingie on transfer deadline day, but in a memorable fiasco, were unable to agree a deal, despite the Nigerian turning up at Loftus Road ready to sign a contract.
Redknapp, who has only won four league games since his arrival at Loftus Road, believes his side could have avoided the drop had they enlisted the services of another forward, identifying the exiled West Brom striker as someone who could have made the difference.
"I would not have changed an awful lot, really," Redknapp told Sky Sports.
"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."