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QPR boss Harry Redknapp: My Spurs exit was 'political'

Harry Redknapp, Queens Park Rangers manager, believes his Spurs exit was 'political' Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

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.

Redknapp 'optimistic' QPR can survive relegation

New QPR manager Harry Redknapp holds a shirt during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington. Credit: PA

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."

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Redknapp: Beckham could still play in Premier League

David Beckham playing for the L.A. Galaxy on July 18, 2012 Credit: Reuters

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."

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QPR chairman: Harry was the unanimous choice

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.

Redknapp: 'There’s a lot of ability in the QPR squad'

New QPR manager Harry Redknapp has spoken of his "delight" at joining the west London club on a two-and-a-half year deal.

He told the club website:

I’m delighted to be back in the managerial hot-seat at QPR.

When I spoke to the shareholders and they told me about their plans I knew this was too good an opportunity to turn down.

There’s no doubt there’s a lot of ability in the squad, but for one reason or another things haven’t gone as well as everyone expected since the start of the season.

I can’t wait to get to work and get the results necessary to kick-start our season.

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