Minggu, 03 Februari 2013

HR: We're not only big spenders

Harry Redknapp: Lashes out at fellow strugglers

Given the plight of Leeds and Portsmouth in previous years, more attention than ever is being paid to the way clubs, particularly in the Premier League, are being run.

QPR have come under the microscope after a January spending spree that saw them twice break their transfer record, first by bringing in Marseille forward Loic Remy and then Anzhi's Christopher Samba.

With the club's Loftus Road home only holding 18,500 and relegation to the Championship a distinct possibility, there have been those questioning whether QPR could end up in financial trouble.

Redknapp, though, believes the club are being unfairly focused upon.

"Other clubs spend money down there," the QPR boss said. "Aston Villa have spent big money as well. People think 'They've only bought kids' - well go back to Darren Bent.

"You can go through a list of players there and they've spent good money, the Richard Dunnes and all these people.

"Southampton paid 12mil lion for a striker (Gaston Ramirez) and 6million for the lad at Burnley (Jay Rodriguez) - that's 18million for two players.

"It is suddenly like QPR are the only ones spending money. I think QPR only spent 12million in the summer, which in today's market is not astronomical.

"It seems we seem to be labelled as the only team that are spending big money. Samba was a big signing, but I don't know how much he earns."

Redknapp insisted the QPR board are "wealthy people" and "not exactly paupers" when questioned on the sustainability of comparatively large amounts of money being spent on wages and fees.

"That's up to the chairman and board members," he said. "I don't know if they can sustain it.

"That was their decision, the chairman and the shareholders, to spend that money on Samba. It isn't me saying 'Go and buy Chris Samba'.

"I don't think he has come here for anywhere near 100,000 a week but, whatever he is earning, that's their decis ion to spend that money.

"He came to me and said I had Chris Samba. What can you do?"

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