Redknapp toiling to shift players

QPR manager Harry Redknapp admits he has a difficult task on his hands offloading unwanted players

Last Updated: 20/05/13 at 15:08 Post Comment

Harry Redknapp: Wants a squad overhaul ahead of new season

Harry Redknapp: Wants a squad overhaul ahead of new season

QPR manager Harry Redknapp admits he has a difficult task on his hands offloading unwanted players in order to bring in recruits more suited to the npower Championship.

Redknapp criticised the attitude of some of his squad after Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Liverpool, revealing one player had been fined more than he earned in the last month.

With only second-tier football to look forward to next season the Rs boss knows significant changes have to be made but much is dependent on getting rid of unwanted players - many of whom are on big wages.

But Redknapp suggested he was not prepared to continue if those stars who have caused him problems were not offloaded.

Asked whether he wanted to carry on he said: "Sure, see what happens.

"I want to put a team together that comes in every day looking forward to work.

"If I couldn't do something in the summer and change it around then I wouldn't want to come back.

"I don't need the aggro of people coming in late, fining players every day.

"I don't need to come to work and have aggravation. I need a group who are pleased to play football, want to learn and take a bit of pride in what they do.

"You have people like Clint Hill and Shaun Derry who give everything. There is a good group, Rob Green is not a problem.

"There is a little group I need to shift and get some new blood in. It ain't going to be easy to shift players.

"You can always shift the good players people want. It is going to be a difficult one."

Having invested heavily in January with striker Loic Remy and Christopher Samba, two of their higher earners, costing upwards of £20million.

Redknapp knows he will not be able to recruit similar quality in the summer with no Barclays Premier League football on offer.

"I learned a lot from day one. I knew what we had here but we were short of quality. It's been a mismatch of a squad," he added.

"We are looking at a different level now, we're not looking at top players.

"We're looking for players that can get you out of the Championship next year.

"It's not going to be easy, it's a tough division full of quality, big clubs - bigger clubs than QPR.

"We've got no divine right to come out of the league next year."

One player QPR will look to get off the wage bill permanently will be Joey Barton, who has spent this season on loan at Marseille.

The midfielder has expressed his desire to remain in France where he appears to be enjoying his football.

"The reason I want to continue in Marseille is simple," Barton told Canal+.

"I am very happy with my life here and with my relationship with the players. This is about more than money.

"The fans have not seen the real Barton and I want to show them my real level of play."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: The pressure's on

B

eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

sinbadsdad
Neville: Reds need a rest

G

ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

uncle-muller
F365's Top Ten Counter-Attacking Goals

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger has responded to criticism from Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits to being disappointed in criticism from shareholder Alisher Usmanov

Transfer news: Mario Balotelli's agent dismisses Inter transfer rumours

Mario Balotelli's agent has dismissed reports that the striker is set to return to Serie A from Liverpool in January.

Champions League: Brendan Rodgers focused on delivering Liverpool victory

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers remains fully focused on Wednesday’s Champions League match.

Mail Box

Counter-Attacks: Making Me Fall In Love Again

There is a good deal of love for counter-attacking goals, plus some sympathy for Arsene Wenger, heaping the praise on Chunky Pardew too early and why Klopp > Rodgers...

There's Excitement In Toon Again...

We have mails on a young, vibrant Newcastle side along with the usual woe from those in the red of Liverpool and Arsenal. We just love having the Premier League back...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property