Reading and QPR have both been relegated from the Barclays Premier League after their goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium today.
Bottom-of-the-league Queens Park Rangers need to improve if they're to pick up any points against Manchester City this evening. Harry Redknapp's team were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One side MK Dons on Saturday.
Harry Redknapp bears no ill-feeling for his unexpected departure from Tottenham for reasons he suspects were "political". Redknapp will faces his former club for the first time at 12.45pm since being fired last June when QPR host Spurs in a Barclays Premier League clash at Loftus Road.
"I've got my own feeling on what happened at Tottenham, but it's difficult to say. It was political," said the QPR boss, who was also cleared of tax evasion and underwent heart surgery last season.
"I didn't have an inkling it would happen. I went to see (chief executive) Daniel Levy about signing a new contract and that was it.
The 65-year-old's departure from White Hart Lane came despite having guided the club to a fourth-place finish, claiming a Champions League place that was snatched by Chelsea when they won the competition.
Contributing to his abrupt change of fortunes was the Football Association's decision to appoint Roy Hodgson as England coach and not the clear favourite for the post.For more on football read ITV Sport.
Harry Redknapp has admitted trying to keep QPR in the Barclays Premier League will be his toughest challenge yet.
He said: "I'm optimistic we can pull it off.
"I want to be successful here, really badly. I want to keep this team in the Premier League."If the players try as hard as I am going to try we'll be successful."
Redknapp confirmed a deal was being done to bring in long-time assistants Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond to assist him.
And he warned the players he would not tolerate a lack of effort.
"We've got to do better to give ourselves any chance of getting out of this mess," he said.
"I need 11 people with ability to put effort in. If they don't they're not going to play and I'll get 11 people who do."
The Telegraph's Henry Winter and the Mirror's John Cross are at Harry Redknapp's QPR press conference:
Redknapp: 'I need 11 players who will run about, put effort in and graft. We're in a relegation battle. There's ability there.' #qprfc
#QPR Redknapp stresses need for players to 'run about' as he says they must take responsibility for plight. Had good luck text from Beckham
New QPR manager Harry Redknapp said he believes David Beckham could still play in the Premier League and has not ruled out trying to sign him to QPR. He told the BBC:
"I'm sure he could still play in the Premier League. I've not discussed it with the chairman so we'd have to look at that."
"He's a top fantastic player."We had him training at Tottenham and it was amazing to have him round the place. He is absolute class."
Queens Park Rangers' new manager Harry Redknapp watched Manchester United beat QPR 3-1 at Old Trafford. For a match report and analysis visit the ITV Sport website.
Harry Redknapp is appointed manager of QPR. Enjoyed his company in recent weeks and wish him well. #HarryHoudini
It's a certainty Harry Redknapp will wave his magic wand at QPR and get them out of trouble. They'll do well to avoid a beating today though
Good luck to Harry an all at QPR. Big battle ahead.
QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes has revealed that the QPR board had no doubts over making a move for Harry Redknapp after Mark Hughes was sacked.
He told the club website:
Harry was our number one target, the unanimous choice of the board and we’re delighted we’ve been able to attract him to the club.
He has a proven track record in the Premier League and has all the characteristics we were looking for to get us out of the current situation we find ourselves in.
His man-management skills are second to none and we are confident he is the right man to lead us away from the bottom of the table.
We believe we have a manager with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives.