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Redknapp: If we f***ing played better, we'd stay up

ESPN staff
April 15, 2013
QPR were beaten 2-0 by Everton © PA Photos

Harry Redknapp has finally cracked as Queens Park Rangers head for the Premier League trapdoor, questioning the players who have failed to lift the club out of relegation trouble.

Redknapp fears QPR will be unable to offload the highly paid stars who have stacked up on their books through the tenures of former boss Mark Hughes and Redknapp himself.

QPR have won only five of the former Tottenham manager's 23 games in charge, one of those coming in the FA Cup.

"You say [they are] talented players but are they that talented?' I don't know really," Redknapp said in the wake of Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Everton that, coupled with results elsewhere over the weekend, left the club ten points adrift of safety with only 15 available.

"You have some experienced players but what you need is a good group of characters, a good group of people together and you have not got any problems when you have that.

"They won't go. How are you going to get rid of them? That's your biggest problem. They all have contracts. I wish you were right, and you could say [the players would leave] but it ain't going to happen here.

"How are they going to go? Who is going to pay them what they are earning here? It is going to be very hard to shift them. It is not a case of players wanting to leave suddenly.

"I hear that all the time that if they get relegated they want to go because they don't want to play in the Championship, but if they f*****g played better, then they would not be in the Championship so that's a load of cobblers."

One player he does expect to be snapped up is striker Loic Remy after five goals in eight appearances.

He also hit out at the club's disciplinary record since they returned to the Premier League, with Stephane Mbia left out of the squad on Saturday to avoid picking up a two-match ban for 10 yellow cards.

QPR have received 12 red cards in less than two seasons - with the next worst in the division, Arsenal and Manchester City, receiving eight. But the 108 yellow cards they have picked up is around the average among all teams to have played both seasons.

"If you look at QPR's record over the last two years they have probably had more players sent off than anyone else in history. That's lack of discipline," Redknapp said. "We got done last week by Wigan through lack of discipline. We have a man sent off and then give a free-kick away four minutes in to injury time.

"We started the second half here sloppy, giving free-kicks away, silly fouls, kicking the ball away when they have a free-kick, getting a booking twice."

Redknapp also would not be drawn on his future at Loftus Road, despite previously claiming he would love to stay in charge and owner Tony Fernandes stating his desire to keep his manager in place.

"I don't know the financial situation of the club at all," he added. "Only the chairman would know. I've not spoken to anyone about my position, to be honest. I've not even thought about it."

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