Securing promotion won’t be easy next year, warns QPR’s Redknapp
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp warns the Hoops promotion from the Championship won't be easy
Harry Redknapp has warned Queens Park Rangers that securing promotion to the Premier League from the Championship won’t be easy next season.
The Hoops are 10 points from safety with four games remaining in the top flight after a 2-0 loss to fellow strugglers Stoke City at Loftus Road on Saturday.
With QPR set to trim their squad and Redknapp’s future at the west London side far from assured, the 66-year-old reckons the Hoops could struggle to secure their place back in the top flight next term.
“I think this is a good club but when people say ‘well, they’ll come straight back up next year’, it will be very hard to do that. Don’t kid yourselves,” said Redknapp.
“Whatever happens, the Championship is a tough, demanding league and you need players that are ready and willing to play Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and then Saturday.
“You need the right characters if you’re going to get out of the division and that is something that will have to be looked at very carefully.”
“I think you would have to look and try to bring one or two right types [of player] in. They might be in lower divisions but lads that would love the opportunity to come here and play.”
Redknapp also added that the Loftus Road pitch is not up to scratch.
He said: “I am not saying we play like Barcelona but that football pitch is not conducive to good football, I don’t care who is in charge.
“That pitch is the bumpiest, bobbliest – it is a lower third division pitch. The first thing the club need to do, I think, is invest in a new pitch in the summer if you want to produce a team that can play some football.
“It is a very, very difficult pitch for even good technical players to try and play on.
“If you want to produce a team and put a team together that can try and play their way out of the division, which is the only way I would go, we would need a new pitch here.”