Redknapp helped me rebuild my career, says QPR goalkeeper
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Rob Green has admitted that Harry Redknapp’s faith in his ability has helped him to rebuild his QPR career.
Green has kept six consecutive clean sheets as unbeaten Rangers have established a three-point cushion at the top of the Championship, and will break the all-time QPR record if he prevents Middlesbrough from scoring at Loftus Road on Saturday.
The 33-year-old has cemented his place in the side despite the continued presence of Julio Cesar, the Brazil international who kept him out of the starting XI throughout last season.
And as he comes to within touching distance of the record set by Peter Springett in 1967,Green thanked his manager for restoring his confidence.
“There was a point last season when we were already relegated and had two games left, when the manager turned to me and said he wanted me to play this season,” said Green.
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“He has been true to his word. He has known me for years, he knows what I can do and to have that as something to look forward to was great.
“It was pleasing to hear that at the end of last season and pleasing to be given a chance. That is all I have ever asked for in my career. I remember saying that during the week I arrived at Norwich, all I want is the club to stick by me.
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“With Julio it’s his option to stay, but it’s nice to say that if you do your job well then you stay – that’s the principles that you want to have at a football club.
“It is pleasing to keep clean sheets, and to do well in a team which is now relatively successful. I know what I can do and my levels and kept faith that I can carry on doing it.”
Green was also scathing in his assessment of Redknapp’s predecessor Mark Hughes, who was partly responsible for the signing of Cesar just days after Green joined the club last summer.
Hughes told Green he was free to leave the club if he was unhappy, but Green said the Welshman’s timing left him with no option but to remain at Loftus Road.
Green added: “It was well and good saying it when there were two days left in the transfer window. That was when I got told I could leave. Who needs a keeper in the last week of August? You’re usually sorted in that position during the first week of June.”