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QPR manager criticises midfielder Adel Taarabt for not wanting to train

Adel Taarabt has played just three times for QPR this season. Credit: PA

The QPR manager Harry Redknapp launched an extraordinary rant about his attacking midfielder Adel Taarabt saying the Moroccan was "about three stone overweight". Taarabt is one of the most talented players in the QPR squad but was left out of the team to play Liverpool yesterday. At the post-match press conference, Redknapp went public about his problems with the player:

He played in a reserve team game the other day, and I could have run about more than he did. So no, I can't pick him. I can't keep protecting people who don't want to run about and train, who are about three stone overweight. What am I supposed to keep saying, keep getting your 60, 70 grand a week but don't train?

– Harry Redknapp, QPR Manager

QPR lost yesterday's match 3-2 after conceding two own goals. The result means they have taken just four points from their first eight Premier League games.

Harry Redknapp's team are bottom of the Premier League. Credit: PA

Where's Harry on deadline day?

One of the most famous figures of transfer deadline day appears to have gone AWOL. PA Sport, who've been reporting the transfer gossip all morning, are threatening to call the police if he's not seen in the next hour.

"There's still no sign of Harry Redknapp! It's starting to get worrying now. Another hour and we'll call the police."

– PA Sport

In an earlier update, they posted: "It's nearly 11 and we haven't seen Harry Redknapp yet. Where is he? Did Sandra forget to set the alarm?"

And fans on Twitter are calling for his famous 'quote from the window of his Range Rover' shot, seen so many times in previous years.


Redknapp: Some players did not want to play for England

When I was at Tottenham, when full internationals came around, there were two or three players who did not want to play for England.

They would come to me 10 days before the game and say, 'Gaffer, get me out of that game, I don't want to play in that game'. I'd say, 'you're playing for your country, you should want to play'.

(They would say) 'Nah, my girlfriend is having a baby in four weeks, I don't want to play' and that is the truth, so it makes you wonder.

– Harry Redknapp, speaking to BBC Radio Five Live


New players make QPR squad

QPR manager Harry Rednapp has revealed the club's two new players, Tom Carroll and Matt Phillips, will be part of tomorrow's squad taking on Birmingham. The other two last-minute signings, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Niko Kranjcar, will still be sidelined as they recover from injuries.

Redknapp did however hint he'd be happy to take Emmanuel Adebayor onboard, if Spurs would loan him out.

Football season kicks off

Harry Redknapp's QPR host Sheffield Wednesday Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Saturday's fixtures


Birmingham v Watford

Bournemouth v Charlton

Millwall v Yeovil

QPR v Sheff Wed

Reading v Ipswich


Carlisle v Leyton Orient

Crawley v Coventry

Port Vale v Brentford

Stevenage v Oldham


Fleetwood v Dag & Red

Southend v Plymouth

Torquay v AFC Wimbledon

Wycombe v Morecambe

Emirates Cup

Arsenal v Napoli

QPR manager could face motoring charge trial

Harry Redknapp has vowed to stay on as QPR manager despite the club's likely relegation from the Premier League. Credit: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Football manager Harry Redknapp could face a trial after pleading not guilty to two motoring offences.

The Queens Park Rangers manager is accused of speeding at 38mph in a 30mph zone on The Avenue in Poole, Dorset, on October 23 last year.

He has also been charged with failing to supply the driver's identity as required under The Road Traffic Act.

Redknapp did not attend a hearing at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court where Jonathan Morrissey, defending, entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that Redknapp, who lives in Sandbanks, Poole, had been charged with the two offences.

The Bournemouth Echo reported that Charles Nightingale, prosecuting, told the court Redknapp had not been able to ascertain whether he or wife Sandra had been driving the domestically-registered vehicle at the time of the alleged offences.

It said the trial could be dropped if the information is provided.

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