Sabtu, 24 November 2012

Redknapp: Buck stops with players

QPR players: Underperformed under Hughes, according to Redknapp

The 65-year-old has been given a two-and-a-half-year contract at Loftus Road, just 24 hours on from Mark Hughes' sacking.

Redknapp inherits a squad without a Premier League win all season and one which is subsequently rooted to the bottom of the table and firmly entrenched in a relegation battle.

But the former Tottenham manager is not blaming Hughes for the problems and has told his new charges they need to look at themselves.

"The players have not performed to their potential," he told Sky Sports News.

"They had a good manager in Mark Hughes but for whatever reason it did not work out. We now have to produce in the last two thirds of the season to try and get out of trouble."

Redknapp has travelled to Old Trafford for Saturday's meeting with Manchester United but will not take the team until Tuesday's game at Sunderland.

"We need a better performance today," he added.

"The players have to be at it. The buck stops wit h them. I know Mark lost his job, but it's down to the players. He could only do what he could do. The players have not performed to their potential.

"There are some good players here and they really need to step up and start performing. They are man enough to know they're to blame for the position we are in."

A positive result appears unlikely today but regardless of whether QPR win or not, Redknapp is taking over a side in firm danger of returning to the Championship.

"We can't get any lower," he said. "We are rock bottom. We have to try and get up that table. I remember when I was at Portsmouth and we stayed up with a game to go at Wigan - it was the most fantastic feeling."

All eyes will now be on the January transfer market to see who, if anyone, Redknapp opts to bring in to a club which had a high turnover of players under Hughes in the summer.

Michael Dawson, Redknapp's former captain at Tottenham, has been mentioned, but Redknapp wo uld only say: "I have not discussed the money (for players) situation.

"I didn't say I wanted money to spend. There are some good players here and we need to get them performing so come January we might not need too much."

One player who will not be wearing a hooped shirt this season, though, is midfielder Joey Barton who is on loan to French club Marseille after a falling out with Hughes.

"Joey is out on loan for the season so he can't come back anyway," Redknapp said.

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