Harry Redknapp is out as Queens Park Rangers manager.
On Tuesday QPR announced that they have accepted the resignation of their veteran boss as Redknapp, 67, cited upcoming knee replacement surgery as they main reason for stepping down.
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After taking charge of the R’s in November 2012, the former Portsmouth, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur boss oversaw relegation from the Premier League but then guided the west London side to promotion from the Championship last season.
This year Redknapp’s boys have struggled back in the PL as they have failed to gain a point on the road after losing their first 11 away games of the season and the R’s currently sit in 19th place on 19 points but are just one point from climbing out of the bottom three.
For QPR’s game at home to Southampton on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra) Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey have been placed in temporary charge by owner Tony Fernandes, who also wished Redknapp the best for the future and wanted “to thank Harry for everything he has done for QPR.”
In a statement released on QPR’s website, Redknapp had the following to say:
“I have had such a fantastic time at QPR. I would like to thank the Board, the players and all my staff, and especially the supporters who have been absolutely fantastic to me since I arrived at the club for their tremendous support. Sadly I need immediate surgery on my knee which is going to stop me from doing my job in the coming weeks.
“It means I won’t be able to be out on the training pitch every day, and if I can’t give 100 per-cent I feel it’s better for someone else to take over the reins. My relationship with Tony Fernandes has been one of the highlights of my footballing career and I wish the club every success. I am confident they will survive in the Premier League this year.”
This situation all seems a little strange as Redknapp was only given the vote of confidence by Fernandes a few weeks ago, but after failing to attract any new players during the January transfer window and fans growing nervous, perhaps Redknapp felt as if things were unraveling fast at Loftus Road.
Harry is out, as QPR are now searching for a new manager.