Redknapp furious with 'disgusting story'
Published 03/03/2013 | 07:31
QPR may have just picked up their third Barclays Premier League win of the season - a 2-1 victory over Southampton - but Harry Redknapp was incandescent with rage, accusing an agent of leaking false information in a bid to destabilise the club.
Reports alleged the west Londoners' Dubai training camp last month was marred by ill-discipline, with unnamed players likening the behaviour on the trip to a "stag party". The Rs boss only had one thing on his mind after the game and launched into a tirade when asked about Saturday morning's allegations.
"It was a disgusting story in the paper," Redknapp said. "It was completely full of untruths."
He added: "I took the team away. We arrived at five o'clock in the morning at a hotel in Dubai, trained that morning. We trained every morning I was there. We were on the bus at 8.30am for training, we never missed a training session.
"We were the only club over there that trained every day. I let the players have one night out with about four or five other teams out with them that night. That was the only night they went out and the next morning they trained. They never missed a session.
"I know where the story come from, I know who done the story and they are trying to make problems for the football club. I know exactly where it has come from."
Asked if he was disappointed that players leaked it, Redknapp retorted: "It wasn't players. It didn't come from players. I am sure as I can be that it came from a football agent and I know who did it."
Redknapp refused to name the agent in his post-match interviews as a fine - and rare - win for the Hoops was somewhat overshadowed. Loic Remy opened the scoring after 14 minutes but Julio Cesar's fumble allowed Gaston Ramirez to level on the stroke of half-time.
QPR rallied after the break and Jay Bothroyd prodded home late on to earn an invaluable three points.
"They answered all the questions," Redknapp said of his players. "They worked their socks off today. We worked hard last week against Man United. It was just they had a little bit too much for us."