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QPR confirm Redknapp will stay

ESPN staff
April 29, 2013
Harry Redknapp is to stay at QPR © Getty Images

Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes has confirmed that Harry Redknapp will be in charge of the club next season.

QPR were relegated from the Premier League on Sunday after the 0-0 draw with Reading, but Redknapp had afterwards indicated a willingness to stay on at Loftus Road.

Fernandes told the Daily Telegraph on Monday: "I can say, for the record, that Harry is staying."

He later told the club's official website that, after a meeting with his manager, he was positive about the future and that he would not be forced to offload players against his wishes.

"I have had a positive meeting with Harry," he said. "I don't think there was any point where he was thinking of not being with us and continuing this project he has embarked upon with a third of the season through.

"Harry is a football man and he knows what he wants in terms of players. We had a good discussion today with Ruben (Emir Gnanalingam), Philip (Beard, CEO) and Mark (Donnelly, COO) on the kind of players we want next season.

"Harry will not be forced to sell any players he wants to keep. We had a very good discussion on this. Harry has been very pragmatic and the shareholders have been very pragmatic. There are some players that we really want to keep and we will do our best to keep them. I think we will.

"It was a good meeting because we are all very clear on the timelines, we're very clear on what to do. We may not get everything we want but I am comforted by the fact we have a plan."

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