Redknapp irked by 'overpaid' players

Post-match reaction to Newcastle's 1-0 victory over QPR.

Last Updated: 22/12/12 at 19:01 Post Comment

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QPR boss Harry Redknapp has launched a scathing attack on some of the players he inherited from Mark Hughes.

The former Tottenham manager hit out after a 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Newcastle, with Shola Ameobi netting the only goal.

Asked about his plans for the January transfer window, Redknapp said: "I don't want to spend their [the club's] money, to be honest with you.

"There are a lot of players at this club who earn far too much money for what they are; far, far, far too much money for their ability and what they give to the club.

"I don't really want to see the owners have their pants taken down like they have in the past. There's a lot of agents made money out of them.

"I fined a player last week and he was earning more than any player earned at Tottenham. You shouldn't be paying massive wages when you've got a stadium that holds 18,000 people.

"This club [Newcastle] holds 52,000 and most of their players will be nowhere near some of the wages some of the players are earning here."

Redknapp also confirmed that full-back Jose Bosingwa had been fined a fortnight's wages after refusing to sit on the bench for last weekend's 2-1 victory over Fulham.

He said: "He didn't want to be on the bench and didn't want to be a substitute, so he went home. He has been fined two weeks' wages, £130,000. Not too bad for two weeks, decent isn't it?

"Not too bad for playing on a Saturday, it's okay."

Asked how he might handle a player like that, Redknapp said: "We'll find out in January."

Rangers are one of a series of clubs to have been linked with Newcastle striker Demba Ba, whose well-publicised release-clause could spark a scramble for his signature.

But Redknapp said: "We've not got £7million to spend on a player, I'd have thought."

Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew hailed Ameobi after seeing the striker come off the bench to fire his side to a much-needed victory.

The 31-year struck nine minutes from time to claim just the Magpies' second Barclays Premier League win in eight attempts with the game seemingly heading for stalemate.

Pardew, whose decision to replace Papiss Cisse with Ameobi 20 minutes earlier had been booed by a section of the 50,180-strong crowd at St James' Park, said: "I know the crowd weren't particularly pleased when I took Cisse, a goalscorer, off but I just felt Shola, he's a big man and this was a big occasion and he likes big occasions.

"It said QPR on the programme but really it was bigger than that, I think we all knew that and he has that calm head - he knows what is demanded here - to produce a quality goal, and it won us the game.

"I wanted to get Shola on the pitch, and thank goodness I did because it was a really class finish.

"He could have taken the shot with his right foot, which is his stronger foot, but to have that composure in that area is first-class."

Ameobi's decisive intervention came in the nick of time and was greeted by a huge sigh of relief on Tyneside after he ran on to fellow substitute Sylvain Marveaux's perfectly-weighted pass before shooting left-foot across keeper Rob Green and into the bottom corner.

It was no more than the Magpies deserved after dominating throughout but it proved a rare piece of incision with Pardew's men too often lacking craft to open up the visitors.

Vurnon Anita forced two second-half saves from Green, but Tim Krul also had to get down well to keep out Djibril Cisse's effort just after the break.

The Magpies might have won more comfortably had Green not beaten away Marveaux's late effort after a pacy run, but Krul had to ease late nerves by plucking Adel Taarabt's free-kick from under his crossbar in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Pardew had admitted before the game that he would not enjoy his Christmas lunch unless he sat down with three points safely banked, and he was delighted to be able to do so ahead of a tough Boxing Day trip to Manchester United.

He said: "The pudding will taste a little bit sweeter. I feel sorry for our fans. We have put them through the rack, really, over this last period.

"They have watched some football that hasn't been our best. But you have periods in your tenure as a manager and sometimes a season.

"Last season, we sailed through one or two low moments but not many. This year, it's been a sustained little run.

"But the last five games, two wins in the last four Premier League games, they are starting to look the right sort of stats now.

"Now we need to back that up and get a big win against one of the big clubs, and that would really cement us into mid-table."


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