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Redknapp wants Beckham at QPR as he prepares for his toughest challenge yet

Published 26/11/2012|10:36

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NEW QPR boss wants to bring David Beckham to QPR in January and says that keeping QPR in the Premier League would be his greatest achievement as a manager.

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Asked in a radio interview whether he would like Beckham to come to QPR, Redknapp said: “I'm sure he could still play in the Premier League. He is a top player and a fantastic person as well. I must admit we had him at Tottenham training and he was amazing around the place – absolute class. I've not discussed it with the chairman at the moment so we would have to look at that. David could still certainly play and still be a great asset to anybody, just having him around the place, showing people how to train and how to look after yourself. His professionalism is second to none

The former Tottenham boss has taken over a side rooted to the foot of the table, with just four points from 13 games and without a win all season.

He has saved Portsmouth from relegation and took a Tottenham side from bottom of the table to the Champions League the following season.

Be he said: "I know the situation. You don't have to be that clever to look at it.

"We've got four points from 13 games, which is an incredible, low total.

"We've got to do better. If we don't, we've got no chance. We've got to do better to give ourselves and opportunity to get out of this mess.

"It's going to be tough but we've all got to work hard. It's going to be full on for everybody. If they're not willing to work hard then they're not going to play. I need people that are going to work.

"When they lose the ball, chase it. It's what you learnt when you were at school. That's what you did in the playground.

"You chased after the ball if you lost it, you worked, you ran about. And that's what I need. I need 11 people with the ability to put effort in. And if they give that effort then we've got a chance of surviving.

"If they don't, they're not going to play to start with and I'll find another 11 who will run about and work hard."

He added: "I've got no time for people losing ball and throwing their arms up in air, and standing around with their hands on their hips.

"We're in a relegation battle, we've got four points.

"It's their fault - it's nobody else's fault.

"If everyone works, the ability's there. I've got to make them work and get the best out of them now.

"If they do that then we'll be okay, we'll survive."

Redknapp confirmed a deal was being done to bring in long-time assistants Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond to assist him.

And he warned the players he would not tolerate a lack of effort.

"We've got to do better to give ourselves any chance of getting out of this mess," he said.

"I need 11 people with ability to put effort in. If they don't they're not going to play and I'll get 11 people who do. I've got no time for people who lose the ball and stand their with hands in the air."

On the team spirit, he added: "The lads I met yesterday were all upbeat.

"They've got to realise they are in this position because they haven't really performed to their capabilities and they've got to do better.

"The players have to take responsibility for performances, they've got to up their performance level and get us out of trouble."

Redknapp accepted there would be no "wholesale spending" in the transfer window after the club recruited extensively during the summer, but admitted they were very short up front.

Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson are both long-term injury victims and the new boss said: "We are not overloaded with strikers here. That's certainly an area we are short in."

On the possibility of bring in David Beckham, he said: "I got a lovely text from David the other night, just wishing me well here.

"To have him at any football club would be a great influence on the club, but we've not discussed anything."

Redknapp insisted there would be no personality clashes with Adel Taarabt, whom he sold while manager of Tottenham.

"He wasn't a player I wanted to sell," he said. "He couldn't get in the team at Tottenham.

"I always felt he had the ability to become a top player. I've got to get the best out of him."

Harry Redknapp should be able to call on QPR captain Park Ji-sung for his first game in charge at Sunderland tomorrow.



Park failed to recover from a knee problem in time for Saturday's defeat at former club Manchester United but is expected to be in contention for the Barclays Premier League trip to the Stadium of Light.



Jose Bosingwa is thought to have recovered from the virus that ruled him out at the weekend but strikers Bobby Zamora (hip) and Andrew Johnson (knee) are longer-term concerns.



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