QPR’s Harry Redknapp: I’m not too good for the Championship
QPR boss Harry Redknapp says he wouldn't be above managing in the Championship should the Hoops fail to avoid relegation
Despite claiming that he is not above managing in the Championship, Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is refusing to contemplate the prospect of relegation this season.
The 65-year-old, who replaced Mark Hughes at Loftus Road in November, has failed to guide the Hoops off the bottom of the Premier League table despite a morale-boosting victory over Chelsea in January.
QPR are still winless in eight attempts since their Stamford Bridge heroics and currently trail 17th-placed Aston Villa by seven points ahead of Saturday’s clash with Manchester United.
With a run of winnable fixtures against their struggling rivals on the horizon, Redknapp believes that the west London club need to amass another 20 points to secure their top-flight status.
“I haven’t thought about going down. It hasn’t entered my mind,” said Redknapp. “I’m focused on staying up, winning games, taking the next game as it comes.”
He added: “It’s a big gap and we can’t afford to let it grow. We’ve got to close the gap if we can.
“We’ve got to go on a run. We probably need 20 points at least. Whether 20 points would be enough, I’m not sure. But certainly we need that many to give ourselves a chance.”
Redknapp has followed the traditional route to top-flight management after starting at Bournemouth in Division Three in 1983 before spells at West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southampton and Tottenham.
Having built impressive Premier League sides at Upton Park, Fratton Park, and most notably, White Hart Lane, it would represent a step back in manager’s career should QPR drop down a tier.
But Redknapp would not rule out managing in the Championship should QPR fail in their bid to avoid relegation.
“If the team your managing goes down to the Championship then that [a Championship manager] is what you are,” added Redknapp.
“I’m not above managing a club in the Championship. I wouldn’t say: ‘I’m too good to do that’. If QPR go down, I’d have to look at the situation and it’s up to the board and chairman what they do with the club. Until that time, I’m still focused on the Premier League.”