Harry Redknapp pulls no punches over QPR indiscipline
QPR manager Harry Redknapp is determined to sort out Rangers’ struggles at finishing a game with a full complement of players after taking over from Mark Hughes.
During the Welshman’s 31 league games in charge, the west Londoners had eight players sent off during Premier League games – an average of one red card approximately every four games.
By contrast, Tottenham, during Redknapp’s four year reign, had nine players dismissed in the top flight and during his three full seasons in charge, Spurs were in the top five in the fair play league.
And this is something he wants to repeat with QPR.
“Absolutely, [I want to sort it out],” Redknapp told London24.
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“You can’t win football matches with 10 men on the pitch.
“You can’t win – very rarely anyway.
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“You have got to give yourself a chance.
“If you keep getting people sent off, you’re up against it straight away.
“Discipline is all important. Only idiots keep getting sent off.”
The R’s would break the record for the longest winless start to a season and still secure survival in the Premier League era if Redknapp keeps them up.
Last season, QPR won all of their final five home games and this was the main reason why they are still in the top flight.
And the 65-year-old knows that Loftus Road must become a fortress again if they are to defy the odds and survive, but there must be the right attitude on the pitch for that to happen.
“The fans will get behind us at home and make it an intimidating place if we put the effort in,” he added.
“If they see people chasing, running and closing people down then they’ll get behind us.
“If they see people losing the ball and standing around then they are going to get the hump because they’re paying their wages and will think ‘hang on what’s going on here.’
“We need effort now, we need people to go and have a go.
“If they do that then the fans will make it a difficult place to come.”
Redknapp, himself, has experienced the Loftus Road atmosphere as a player and as a manager.
“It was always an intimidating place to play,” he explained.
“It was a nightmare with the Astroturf.
“It’s a close little ground and creates atmosphere.”
The first opportunity the R’s boss will have to put his plans into place at Loftus Road is when they face Aston Villa on Saturday.