Not even Jose Mourinho could have ensured Queens Park Rangers' survival in the Premier League last season, according to boss Harry Redknapp.
Redknapp arrived at QPR last November, with the West London club sitting at the bottom of the league with four points from 13 games.
In his upcoming autobiography, currently being serialised in the Daily Mail, Redknapp has slammed the group of players he inherited from previous manager Mark Hughes, branding them as "poorly balanced, undisciplined and short of confidence".
QPR have enjoyed a successful start to life back in the Championship, currently undefeated and second in the table on goal difference. However, Redknapp pulls no punches describing the state of affairs at Loftus Road when he took over.
"The directors and owners were nice people but they were naive in football terms and I think certain people they had trusted — agents and advisers — had let them down quite badly," Redknapp wrote.
"They had players on astronomical wages, being watched by crowds of 18,000 at Loftus Road. It wasn’t sustainable; it wasn’t right."
The former Tottenham coach singled out defender Jose Bosingwa and playmaker Adel Taarabt in particular.
Bosingwa, a Portugese international and a Champions League winner with Chelsea the previous season, allegedly had a "disgraceful attitude" with a "ridiculous salary".
The losing battle Redknapp faced at the club got so desperate that he feared for his health,the 66-year-old revealed.
"I was worrying about the effect it was having on my health, too. After the defeat at Everton I hadn’t slept. I looked at myself in the mirror and I didn’t look right, I didn’t feel right. I was getting funny feelings, my body ached and my chest felt tight," he said.
"I was really worried that I was going to give myself a heart attack or a stroke. ‘How much longer can I keep going on like this?’ I thought. ‘How much longer can I do this to myself?’"
Despite the troubled start to his tenure at Rangers, Redknapp appears optimistic about the club's future under him, insisting there would be "no greater pleasure" than guiding the club back to the top flight.
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