Harry Redknapp last night vowed to sell Jose Bosingwa for refusing to be a substitute and claimed that many of his Queen's Park Rangers squad are earning unjustifiably high wages
A furious Redknapp revealed after his side's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle that he had fined Bosingwa £130,000 – two weeks' wages – for saying he would not go on the bench in last week's game against Fulham. The Rangers manager, who only took charge at Loftus Road last month, said Bosingwa's salary eclipsed anything earned by players at his former club Tottenham.
When asked about his players' general attitude, Redknapp said: "I fined a player this week and discovered he is on more than any of the players at Spurs." Asked specifically about Bosingwa, he continued: "He didn't travel. He felt he was too good to be on the substitute's bench.
"I've fined him two weeks wages, which is £130,000, which isn't bad for two weeks work is it? How do I handle a player like that? Maybe he'll find out in January."
Defeat at St James' Park left Rangers rooted in the relegation zone, five points adrift of safety, but Redknapp suggested he might not attempt to add significantly to his squad after claiming the club had been exploited in previous transfer windows.
"I don't know if I want to spend the owner's money next month as there are players here who earn far too much money for what they are in terms of ability," he said. "I won't let them [Rangers] have their pants pulled down anymore. They have been taken advantage of by agents and I won't let that happen again.
"We have a ground that holds 18,000 people. Newcastle's holds more than 50,000 people and they won't have players on more money than we've got. You look at their bench today and they had options. They could bring Shola (Ameobi) on and he has won them the game. My two centre-backs were superb today. If I could get a few more in like them we'll be fine, but I've got too many players earning far too much for what they are."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, in contrast, was full of praise for Ameobi after seeing the striker come off the bench to fire Newcastle to a much-needed victory. Pardew, whose decision to replace Papiss Cisse with Ameobi 20 minutes earlier had been booed by a section of the 50,180-strong crowd at St James' Park, said: "I know the crowd weren't particularly pleased when I took Cisse, a goalscorer, off but I just felt Shola, he's a big man and this was a big occasion and he likes big occasions.
"It said QPR on the programme but really it was bigger than that, I think we all knew that and he has that calm head – he knows what is demanded here – to produce a quality goal, and it won us the game.
"I wanted to get Shola on the pitch, and thank goodness I did because it was a really class finish. He could have taken the shot with his right foot, which is his stronger foot, but to have that composure in that area is first-class."