Harry Redknapp resigns from QPR day after transfer window shuts
Harry Redknapp has resigned as boss from odds-on 4/6 relegation chances with Coral QPR, just one day after the transfer winter window shut. The former Tottenham and Portsmouth manager had been at the club since November 2012 and taken charge of 105 matches at the Loftus Road outfit.
The Hoops are down in the drop zone following three straight defeats in the Premier League, and six games without a win, a point from safety and two ahead of basement club Leicester City. QPR are 10/3 to finish the season at the bottom of the table.
“I have had such a fantastic time at QPR. I would like to thank the Board, the players and all my staff, and especially the supporters who have been absolutely fantastic to me since I arrived at the club for their tremendous support,” Redknapp said.
“Sadly I need immediate surgery on my knee which is going to stop me from doing my job in the coming weeks. It means I won’t be able to be out on the training pitch every day, and if I can’t give 100 per cent I feel it’s better for someone else to take over the reins.
“My relationship with Tony Fernandes has been one of the highlights of my footballing career and I wish the club every success. I am confident they will survive in the Premier League this year.”
Chairman Fernandes, meanwhile, added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Harry for everything he has done for QPR during his time in charge.
“We part on good terms and I would personally like to wish him all the best for the future.”
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Redknapp, who is 2/1 to manage in the Premier League again, guided his side to promotion back to the top flight after a dramatic play-off win against Derby County last season, and went through a decent spell this term, that included getting a draw against Manchester City, but he has decided that it is now time to leave. He can take heart in the fact that he got the best out of star striker Charlie Austin, who has 13 goals this term.
Others in line to take the job at this stage are Gianfranco Zola, MK Dons’ Karl Robinson, QPR’s head of football operations Les Ferdinand (all 16/1), Michael Laudrup (20/1) and Nigel Adkins (25/1). Current player Rio Ferdinand, who announced that he will retire at the end of the season, is a tempting 50/1 shout.
Les Ferdinand and academy coach Chris Ramsey will take charge of the team for the time being, meanwhile.
QPR’s next Premier League match is against Southampton at home, where they are 10/3 chances for victory.