Belfast Telegraph

Redknapp not thinking about Championship

QPR manager Harry Redknapp is refusing to even consider the prospect of relegation, despite his side heading to Fulham on Monday joint bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

Redknapp is so intently focused on keeping QPR in the top flight that nothing exists in his mind beyond the final game of the season, against Liverpool.

The former Tottenham manager said: "I don't even think about going down. It doesn't even enter my mind. I am so positive about staying up. I am confident we will. I don't even think about the Championship."

Asked whether, in the event of relegation, he would stay to bring QPR back up again, Redknapp said: "It would be up to the chairman and the board. Whatever they want to do is fine by me. If they say 'look Harry, we are looking to go down a different route' it wouldn't be a problem."

QPR are seven points adrift of safety and Redknapp believes they need to win at least four of their last eight games - the same number they have managed to win all season.

But he hopes that Monday's trip to Fulham for a west London derby could be the catalyst. QPR are unbeaten against capital opposition all season.

"It could give us that push that we need. Three points would be so good," Redknapp said.

QPR have been boosted by the return to fitness of striker Bobby Zamora and the form of Redknapp's January signings.

Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas has scored twice in two appearances and QPR's wins against Southampton and Sunderland earned them six points from a possible nine.

"We're playing well. If we were in bad form I'd be more worried," Redknapp said. "That gives us a chance. With eight games to go, that's positive for us. There are four or five wins for us in the games left. We've got to go to Fulham and win the game."


From Belfast Telegraph