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Harry Redknapp keen to offload QPR troublemakers

Redknapp says he will stay at QPR (©GettyImages)
Redknapp says he will stay at QPR (©GettyImages).

QPR manager Harry Redknapp believes he has his hardest ever task on his hands after his side lost their Premier League status by finishing bottom of the table.

He is determined to have a shake up of the squad this summer: getting rid of those not interested in playing in the Championship and bringing in players who have more of a second-tier quality.

With only second-tier football to look forward to next season, the Rs boss knows significant changes have to be made, but much is dependent on getting rid of unwanted players - many of whom are on big wages.

But Redknapp suggested he might not continue if those players who have caused him problems were not sold.

When asked whether he wanted to carry on, he said: "Sure, see what happens.

"I want to put a team together that comes in every day looking forward to work.

"If I couldn't do something in the summer and change it around then I wouldn't want to come back.

"I don't need the aggro of people coming in late, fining players every day.

"I don't need to come to work and have aggravation. I need a group who are pleased to play football, want to learn and take a bit of pride in what they do.

"You have people like Clint Hill and Shaun Derry who give everything. There is a good group, Rob Green is not a problem.

"There is a little group I need to shift and get some new blood in. It ain't going to be easy to shift players.

"You can always shift the good players people want. It is going to be a difficult one."

Redknapp also invested in expensive Premier League standard quality players during the January transfer window. He knows that, now they are in a lower division, it will be much harder to recruit players of this standard while at the same time keep players like the highly-rated France international Loic Remy, who cost £8m from Marseille.

A player that QPR will definitely want to be getting off the wage bill permanently is the 30-year old Joey Barton, who is on loan at Marseille.

Redknapp also made it known that QPR had no exemptions or rights to guarantee a promotion any time soon from the Championship, and made it clear that he wants to bring in a clean slate of players who would point them in the right direction such as Bournemouth starlet Harry Arter, who is also being targeted by Swansea City.

Where do you think Queens Park Rangers will finish next season?

 

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