Harry Redknapp to stay as QPR boss despite Premier League relegation
Harry Redknapp is to stay on as the manager of Queens Park Rangers, despite the club's relegation from the Premier League
Harry Redknapp is to stay on as manager of Queens Park Rangers, despite the club’s relegation from the Premier League.
The Hoops’ fate was confirmed on Sunday after a goalless draw with Reading at the Madejski Stadium, with the Royals’ also parachuted down into English football’s second tier.
But QPR co-owner Tony Fernandes confirmed on Monday that the 66-year-old will stay at Loftus Road.
“I have had a positive meeting with Harry,” Fernandes told QPR’s website.
“I don’t think there was any point where he was thinking of not being with us and continuing this project he has embarked upon with a third of the season through.
“Harry is a football man and he knows what he wants in terms of players. We had a good discussion today with Ruben [Emir Gnanalingam], Philip [Beard] and Mark [Donnelly] on the kind of players we want next season.”
Fernandes also assured Redknapp, whose win ratio since taking over from Mark Hughes last November stands at 19 per cent – one per cent lower than the Welshman’s, will not be forced to offload any players.
“Harry will not be forced to sell any players he wants to keep,” continued Fernandes.
“We had a very good discussion on this. Harry has been very pragmatic and the shareholders have been very pragmatic. There are some players that we really want to keep and we will do our best to keep them. I think we will.
“It was a good meeting because we are all very clear on the timelines, we’re very clear on what to do. We may not get everything we want but I am comforted by the fact we have a plan.”
QPR host Arsenal at Loftus Road next Saturday.