Former Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that “mischievous” goings on helped him come to the conclusion of walking away from the west London club in the midst of a relegation battle.
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Redknapp, 68, quit QPR in February citing an upcoming knee operation and claimed he could no longer perform his role as he would like.
However, in an interview with the BBC, Redknapp has now said that he felt insecure about his position at Rangers and “no longer knew who was on my side.”
“I always thought I had everyone pulling with me and suddenly I felt some were and some weren’t,” Redknapp said. “Behind the scenes, I always thought there were one or two people with their own agendas… 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.”
The former West Ham, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Southampton and Tottenham manager also revealed that he believed he was a “certainty” to become England manager in 2012 but Roy Hodgson was instead handed the job.
What do you make of Redknapp’s sudden talk of whispers forcing him out of QPR when they sat second from bottom in the Premier League table? Maybe it is all coming about due to the R’s looking much improved, if not remaining slightly unlucky, under new boss Chris Ramsey as the west London club are just two points from safety with six games to go.
Redknapp did as much as he could but fresh impetus was needed and promoting Ramsey from academy boss to taking charge of the first team has certainly had the desired impact thus far as the R’s look much more likely to survive now than they ever did under Redknapp. The Londoner’s lengthy managerial career has seen him win many plaudits but the way things ended at QPR, along with these latest comments, are all rather puzzling. Regardless, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Redknapp back in the hot-seat somewhere in the next 12 months.