QPR boss Redknapp not impressed by financial fair play rules

QPR manager Harry Redknapp (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

QPR manager Harry Redknapp (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images) - Credit: Getty Images

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has ridiculed the financial fair play rules and expressed fears the Premier League could become boring.

The R’s manager claimed he wasn’t aware of reports suggesting relegation from the top flight could mean the club is consigned to the Conference for breaching FFP regulations.

Redknapp said: “This is the first I’ve heard of it. It’s up to the owners, I’m sure they know what they’re doing.

“There’d be quite a few get kicked out if that happened. I think it’s unrealistic, I don’t see that happening.”

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford, Redknapp launched a withering criticism of FFP.

He said: “To make it fair play we should be able to spend as much as Man United have spent, that’d be fair play wouldn’t it?

“Fair play would be everybody having a maximum of £30m a year to spend, produce some kids out of the youth team and work harder with the players they’ve got.

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“The whole league is not fair play, with seven teams at the top on another planet. You haven’t got to be a genius to see that the top seven will almost certainly be the same seven as last year.

“It could almost get a bit boring.”

Redknapp was relishing the prospect of pitting his wits against Louis van Gaal’s side, which boasts some stellar transfer-window signings.

The QPR boss was tight-lipped about any injuries to his squad, but did reveal Joey Barton is struggling with a hamstring problem.

He said: “To be able to go to Old Trafford, the whole country watching, it’s a great game to be involved in to go to that fantastic stadium.

“If we can’t enjoy that we shouldn’t be doing what we’re doing.

“We’ve got to go there and make sure we work hard. We’ve got to go and be prepared to give them a game.”

Redknapp appeared relaxed about signing an extension to his contract, which expires at the end of this season.

He said: “I haven’t seen it yet, we’ve just been busy. We’ve just not got around to doing it. No one’s being difficult. Maybe even today, tomorrow, whenever. It will get done.”

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