Bosingwa snub may not be fixed by saying sorry
Even an apology from Jose Bosingwa may not be enough to salvage his QPR career after manager Harry Redknapp revealed some senior professionals within his squad were “disgusted” at the defender’s refusal to sit on the bench against Fulham.
Bosingwa has been left out of QPR’s squad for today’s fixture against West Brom for storming out of Loftus Road after hearing he would be a substitute for the derby against Fulham 11 days ago.
The Portuguese, a Champions League winner with Chelsea last season, was fined �130,000 for his actions, but that may not be the end of the story.
Redknapp was infuriated at the lack of fight shown by the 30-year-old and is considering ditching the player as he says he needs warriors to lead his team out of trouble.
Asked whether he would recall Bosingwa if he apologised, Redknapp’s body language suggested that might not be enough as scrunched up his face, shrugged his shoulders and said: “But you can apologise and...
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“When you are down you need help. When you are playing Fulham at home you need help. We were desperate as we hadn’t won a game all year.
“You need everybody to be with you and say ‘Okay let’s get on with it,’ not ‘I’m not happy to sit on the bench, let’s talk about it on Monday.’ You don’t go home do you?
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“His future here depends on his attitude really. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
“The fans pay their money and deserve to know the truth. They don’t expect one of their players not to want to sit on the bench.”
Mark Hughes and Neil Warnock have both gambled on big-money signings since QPR were promoted to the Premier League, but a large number have flopped and Redknapp will base his survival bid around the hungry British players who led the club to the top flight two years ago.
Redknapp is famed for his man-management skills, but judging by the reaction of some of his squad, he may decide to drop Bosingwa to the reserves or sell him in the transfer window.
“You go and ask [captain] Ryan Nelsen and people like that if they think I’m right,” Redknapp added. “The good lads have not got a problem with it.
“The good lads would be sick. There might be one or two of his pals who might think ‘Well, you know,’ but the Ryan Nelsens and Clint Hills and all the good lads all thought it was a disgrace.
“That’s the first time it’s ever happened to me as a manager and I’ve managed some pretty temperamental players. I’ve never known anyone to do that.
“It was something new to me and not something I like.”
Redknapp’s row with Bosingwa is the last thing he wanted.
Five points adrift of safety after losing his unbeaten record at Newcastle on Saturday, the 65-year-old cut a gloomy figure at his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with the Baggies.
And Christmas in the Redknapp household looks set to be a dour day.
“I’ll be thinking football all the time,” the former Spurs boss said. “Saturday night coming home for me was terrible. I get so low it’s scary, horrendous.
“When Sandra [Redknapp’s wife] sees what I’m like, she probably wishes I wasn’t back in management. I can’t be bothered with anyone, I’m just a nightmare, an absolute nightmare. It’s scary, it’s wrong.”