Harry Redknapp 'disturbed' by Jose Bosingwa dispute

 

Harry Redknapp is unsure whether he will pick Jose Bosingwa again after the QPR boss admitted he was “disturbed” by the right-back's refusal to sit on the bench against Fulham.

Bosingwa, a Champions League winner with Chelsea last season, was fined two weeks wages (£130,000) the Saturday before last when he stormed out of Loftus Road after being told he would not be in Redknapp's starting XI.

The R's manager launched in to a scathing tirade against the player, and other under-performing members of his squad, after the news of Bosingwa's actions emerged at the weekend, calling them "average" and over-paid.

And Redknapp did not hold back in his criticism of the Portuguese defender today, telling a press conference: "It disturbed me when a player doesn't want to sit on the bench when you are bang in trouble.

"We are all in trouble. The owner and the fans see their team losing every week and suddenly you get someone who doesn't want to sit on the bench.

"He (Bosingwa) said: 'I don't want to sit on the bench.' He thinks he is too good to sit on the bench. That is what disturbs me in this game.

"I have seen one or two incidents that have disturbed me."

Despite an injury to reserve right-back Nedum Onuoha, Redknapp left Bosingwa out of his squad for Saturday's defeat to Newcastle.

When asked whether Bosingwa would play for him again, Redknapp replied: "I will have to look at it in the future. Let's see how we go."

Redknapp's criticism of Bosingwa has gone down well with most R's fans, who have grown tired of the poor performances of some of the highly-paid players brought in with the aim of helping propel the club to a top-half finish this term.

Redknapp, a manager of over 20 years' experience, will no doubt hope the rant will provoke Bosingwa and some of the other under-performers in to a reaction, starting with Boxing Day's home clash against West Brom.

The Rangers boss defended his decision to hit out publicly at a section of his squad today, and insisted he was relatively happy with the performances of most of his players since taking charge last month.

"I wasn't talking about all the players," said Redknapp, who inherited a team bottom of the table despite a glut of summer signings under his predecessor Mark Hughes.

"I have no problem with players earning good money if they give good value for their money and I just feel that one or two haven't.

"You don't have to be a mind reader to see that we haven't had good value for money. It's pretty obvious.

"Mark is a top manager. But one or two of the players haven't pulled their weight. That's why Mark lost his job."

The next five weeks will be decisive in Redknapp's quest to keep QPR in the Barclays Premier League.

The west London club face a tough run of fixtures and the R's boss must work sensibly in the transfer market.

Despite an upturn in form since he took charge, Redknapp's team are still five points adrift of safety as the season approaches the half way point.

The 65-year-old believes he can keep the team up, but he underlined just how big a task lies ahead for him if he is to stop QPR slipping in to the npower Championship.

"We really have to show top-six form," Redknapp said.

"We will need as near to 40 points as possible.

"That is a point and a half a game.

"It's going to be tough but it can happen. You can go on a run and do that."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment