QPR lacked ability - Redknapp

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has dismissed claims his side lacked ambition in their ill-fated relegation battle.

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Harry Redknapp: Denies QPR lacked ambition

Harry Redknapp: Denies QPR lacked ambition

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has dismissed claims his side lacked ambition in their ill-fated relegation battle and has instead claimed they were simply not good enough.

Rangers slipped out of the Barclays Premier League after a mundane 0-0 draw at Reading last weekend, a result which also relegated the Royals.

QPR full-back Jose Bosingwa was criticised for sharing a joke when leaving the pitch after the club's fate was sealed, leading to claims that a number of big-name players were not concerned about falling out of the top flight.

But Redknapp believes a lack of ability, rather than a poor collective attitude, was the main reason behind Rangers' two-season stay in the Premier League coming to an end.

"I don't think they have lacked desire, what they have lacked is ability," he said.

"People keep saying what a good squad we are and that is absolute rubbish. We are where we are because of how good we are. It's not because they have not tried.

"It's not been a lack of desire, it was a badly balanced squad that lacked the ability to stay in the Premier League. They are not a bad bunch of blokes and I find them good to work with.

"I was walking behind him (Bosingwa) after the game and I was smiling. I'd been crying all week after we got beat by Stoke and Wigan.

"He was walking down the tunnel and another Portuguese lad said something to him and he went laughing.

"There has not been a lack of desire. The squad, in all honesty, is not good enough to have stayed in the Premier League. That is absolute fact.

"It was a badly balanced squad lacking ability and if you started again with this team I still think we would get relegated."

There will be no let up for Redknapp as he will welcome Arsenal to Loftus Road on Saturday evening, with Champions League qualification on the agenda for Arsene Wenger's side.

But looking towards the future, with a number of established internationals in his ranks, Redknapp can expect a busy summer of batting off phone calls from Premier League managers hoping to poach him of his star talent.

The 66-year-old has already said top money will have to be paid for the likes of Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who is reportedly a target for Arsenal.

"Well, Arsene Wenger will be here tomorrow if he's interested (in signing Cesar), I'm sure he will speak to me then," Redknapp said.

"He is a top goalkeeper so I could well understand that, but it would take a good offer. He's a good keeper. You have to get your value. He's a Brazilian keeper a great lad and he will cost money."

QPR's fans aimed their anger at relegation towards previous manager Mark Hughes during the game at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday.

Hughes oversaw an influx of players last summer before being shown the door by owner Tony Fernandes after collecting just four points in the first 12 matches of the season.

But Fernandes has not ruled out Hughes making a return to manage the club at some point in the future, pointing out the Welshman could still be in charge today if someone of Redknapp's calibre had been unavailable.

"I like Mark and somewhere along the line something went wrong," the Malaysian businessman told BBC Sport.

"If Harry Redknapp wasn't the man available then I think Mark may still be here. Maybe all the fans would dislike me intensely but he had a great record at Blackburn and Fulham."

Asked if Hughes could ever return, Fernandes said: "Life is a strange thing. Never say never. But at the moment you'd have to say it's a very, very long shot.

"I don't think right now the fans would appreciate that. But I'm not someone who is ever going to close the door to anybody or anything."


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