Redknapp expects to stay with QPR; some players don’t
An underwhelming performance at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday – along with all those other defeats beforehand- has condemned Queen’s Park Rangers to Championship football next season.
April 30th, 2013
In a perhaps unsurprising move, manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed that he’ll still be in the hot seat come August.
“The chairman wants me to stay and I’m happy here,” he told Radio 5 Live. “It’s a good club. I work for smashing people and I want to try to get the club back up next year – that’s my ambition.”
Co-owner Tony Fernandes confirmed to the club website that Redknapp would be staying on in the second tier as Rangers now focus on bouncing immediately back up to the Premier League.
“We’ve got to move on and in a strange way I am looking forward to next season and trying to recover what we have lost.”
Fernandes also spoke glowingly of the meeting the two men held once relegation was confirmed, and of what is in store for the current shape of the squad considering the club’s healthy parachute payments which it’ll receive next season – enough, it’s suggested, to retain that large wage bill.
“Harry will not be forced to sell any players he wants to keep. We had a very good discussion on this. Harry has been very pragmatic and the shareholders have been very pragmatic. There are some players that we really want to keep and we will do our best to keep them. I think we will.
“It was a good meeting because we are all very clear on the timelines, we’re very clear on what to do. We may not get everything we want but I am comforted by the fact we have a plan.”
It’s suggested, perhaps even assumed, by some pundits that QPR will keep on the bulk of their Premier League-quality squad (well, as quality as it can be when you get relegated) in an all-out effort to secure promotion at the first time of asking. If it works, it’s back to business as usual for the owners of the club. If not…