QPR boss Harry Redknapp has denied rumours that he must beat Manchester United in order to keep his job at Loftus Road.
The Hoops slipped back into the relegation zone last weekend after defeat at Burnley and an unlikely win for Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace over Tottenham Hotspur.
But more importantly the loss at Turf Moor set the record for most consecutive away defeats (ten) for any Premier League side ever – and sparked rumours that Redknapp must beat Manchester United this weekend to avoid the sack.
"The journalists could have picked an easy game for me,” the former Spurs boss joked on Friday morning.
"I spoke to Tony Fernandes yesterday and I've been speaking to him all week and he hasn't mentioned anything of that nature to me. Until he does, I'll just keep doing what I do and trying to win football matches.”
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And in typically frank fashion, Redknapp explained that whatever happens it will be completely out of his hands and he won’t be worrying too much about his future.
“I have a great relationship with the chairman and the shareholders and it's their decision. If they want to make a change to go in a different direction, I've had great support and loved every minute of my time here.
"I want to stay here but if they decide otherwise, they're entitled to do that. There's nothing I can do about that and I can't lose any sleep over it. Whatever they do, they do.
"We've been playing well at home. If we'd have beaten Swansea here when we were winning 1-0 two minutes into injury time, we'd have been sitting fifth, sixth or seventh from bottom. That's how close it is.
"That's how close it is, the division. There's nothing between the bottom seven teams all stuck down there. One win can take you up five places and a loss can take you down five places as it did with us last week. We've just got to keep going."
And he seems as determined as ever to stay in a job he loves. When asked if he still had the hunger left to carry on the job, Redknapp replied: "Absolutely. I wouldn't have got up at 5.30am this morning if I didn't. I'd have turned over and gone back to sleep."
Shaun waiting for Wright offer
Redknapp also revealed that Shaun Wright-Phillips, who has made just one appearance for the Hoops this season, has turned down a several loan contracts from Championship clubs.
"We've offered Shaun the chance to go out on loan, but he's not wanted to go. I think he needs to move on and play - I've told him that many times. He is a good lad, he's not a minute's problem. He trains hard. But he's not going to move when he's on a fantastic contract.
"It is not the boy's fault. If someone wants to give you a lot less money you're not going to move are you? Blackburn, Bolton, maybe Charlton, they've come in for him and he didn't want to know. He doesn't want to go on loan."