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Redknapp warns players ‘work hard, or you’re out’ ahead of Sunderland clash

New QPR manager Harry Redknapp holds a shirt during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

New QPR manager Harry Redknapp holds a shirt during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

HARRY Redknapp has vowed to axe any QPR player who does not pull his weight under his management.

Redknapp insists Rangers’ owners had not been given the results they deserved for the money they had paid for their squad in transfer fees and wages.

New QPR boss Redknapp has only been in the Loftus Road hotseat for two days but it took him little time to assess what had led his new side to make the worst start to a season in Barclays Premier League history.

The man who rescued Tottenham and Portsmouth from relegation said: “We’ve got four points from 13 games, which is an incredible, low total.

“We’ve got to do better to give ourselves an opportunity to get out of this mess. I need people who work.

“When they lose the ball, chase it. It’s what you learnt when you were at school. That’s what you did in the playground. I need 11 people with the ability to put effort in. And if they give that effort then we’ve got a chance of surviving.

“If they don’t, they’re not going to play to start with and I’ll find another 11 who will run about and work hard.

He added: “I’ve got no time for people losing the ball and throwing their arms up in air, and standing around with their hands on their hips.”

Spurs and Portsmouth were also in dire trouble when Redknapp took charge and he transformed both club’s fortunes in spectacular fashion.

But he said ahead of his first game in charge against Sunderland tonight: “We mustn’t kid ourselves. This is much tougher than those two jobs in my opinion, but I’m optimistic we can pull it off.”

 

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