Wednesday 21 February 2018

Redknapp bemoans QPR 'soap opera'

Harry Redknapp has hit out at off-field events during his time at QPR
Harry Redknapp has hit out at off-field events during his time at QPR

Harry Redknapp has claimed "people with their own agendas" had a hand in his resignation as QPR manager, describing the situation as "a bit of a soap opera".

The 68-year-old blamed knee problems for his decision to leave the Barclays Premier League strugglers in February.

However, Redknapp told BBC Sport's Football Focus there was more to his decision than health problems.

He said: "I always thought I had everyone pulling with me and suddenly I felt some were and some weren't. I didn't know who was on my side at the end and who wasn't.

"Behind the scenes, I always thought there were one or two people with their own agendas.

"There was always talk about Tim Sherwood coming in. It was like a bit of a soap opera.

"QPR was in the paper every day. I've been at lots of other clubs, big clubs as well, where you didn't get that. That got on my nerves. That was the big problem for me.

"As soon as we lost a few games, it would begin. I always thought there was someone mischievous causing it. I'd never had that before at any club I'd been at.

"I didn't see the teams below us getting the same sort of headlines every other week. It wore me down a little bit."

Redknapp left the team second from bottom of the table and they are now two points from safety under the leadership of Chris Ramsey.

However, Redknapp, who also claimed he did not fall out with chairman Tony Fernandes because of the club's lack of business in the January transfer window, added: "I felt I'd have kept them up."

Redknapp was replaced at the helm by Ramsey - who has guided the club to four points from their last two games to keep alive their hopes of survival.

But, responding to Redknapp's remarks, he believes the day-to-day running of any football club can be compared to a work of fiction.

Ramsey said: "Football is a soap opera. Any club you go to, League One or League Two clubs, it is going to be a soap opera. It just depends how it is going to play out.

"I'm not sure if things have settled down now, it is probably a different script."

Fernandes has been vocal on Twitter ever since he took over at QPR, offering both positive and negatives takes on the goings on at Loftus Road.

Ramsey believes the Malaysian has curbed the number of QPR-related Tweets he has been posting recently, taking some of his personal feelings out of the public realm

"I'm not on it but it seems like he has been on it less," he said of Fernandes on Twitter.

"I think Twitter is a thing people do when they are in emotional states. I've got family memebers that are on it.

"It doesn't always represent what people feel at the time. It is sometimes a knee-jerk reaction as to what has gone on. Once it is out there, it is out there."

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