Harry Redknapp: I’m looking forward to the ‘big challenge’ at QPR
Harry Redknapp says he is relishing the 'challenge' at QPR, with the former Spurs boss set to be named as Mark Hughes' successor
Harry Redknapp has revealed he is relishing the “big challenge” of keeping Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League.
The 65-year-old is set to be named as Mark Hughes’ successor after the Welshman was sacked by the Hoops on Friday following a mixed 10-month reign at the club.
Redknapp, who was linked with the Ukraine job earlier this week, had his contract terminated by Tottenham in June after failing to guide the north London club into the Champions League.
And the former West Ham manager believes QPR, who are bottom of the table, have “good players” in their ranks, but he admitted guiding the Hoops to safety won’t be an easy task.
“I’m hopeful we can get it done tonight, there shouldn’t be any problems,” Redknapp told Sky Sports News on Friday night.
“I fancy getting back into the Premier League. QPR is a good club, with great fans and a great atmosphere.
“I am looking forward to it. It’s a big challenge. It will be a tough job to take on but I am up for the challenge.
“Mark Hughes is a top, top manager and a great guy as well. He was just unlucky and they just couldn’t get the results they needed.
“I’m ready to give it a go now and see if I can change their fortunes around. But it won’t be easy for sure.
“There’s some good players there and I have obviously got to find a way of picking a team that can win some games. They have gone 12 games without a win so you couldn’t have too many worse starts than that.
“It’s going to be a tough job to keep them up but it’s a challenge and I love a challenge. I am going to go in and give it my best shot and if it works it will be fantastic.”
QPR face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, and Redknapp expects to watch the game from the stands before taking charge on Sunday.
“I will travel up to Old Trafford probably on Saturday and just sit in the stand and watch the game,” he added.
“If everything gets sorted, and I’m sure it will, I’ll be in on Sunday morning, have the team in for training, train Monday and then fly up to Sunderland.”
Harry Redknapp fact-file
• Redknapp started out at West Ham, where his team-mates included future England World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore. A midfielder, Redknapp scored seven goals in 149 appearances before joining Bournemouth in 1972, where he also played over 100 games.
• He moved to America via Brentford in 1976, spending three years in Seattle where he also worked as assistant coach. Held the same post to Moore at non-league Oxford City FC and then went to Bournemouth, where he was appointed manager in late 1983.
• The 65-year-old left in summer 1992, returning to West Ham as assistant to Billy Bonds, whom he succeeded as manager in 1994. Gave first-team chances to the likes of Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole during his seven years in charge.
• He was appointed Portsmouth’s director of football in 2001, Redknapp stepped into the manager’s chair the following year and took them into the Premier League in 2003 and, after a year in charge of local rivals Southampton, returned in December 2005, winning the FA Cup in 2008.
• Struggling Tottenham turned to Redknapp that October and he steered the team away from relegation trouble, also reaching the League Cup final. In 2009/10, he led the club to fourth position in the Premier League, earning a new contract until 2013 – but was sacked in June 2012 after finishing fifth.