I was hurt by players who didn't care, says Queen's Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes as he confirms Harry Redknapp will stay
Veteran manager will spearhead challenge to return to Premier League
Tuesday 30 April 2013
Queen's Park Rangers began their long road back to the Premier League on Monday with chairman Tony Fernandes confirming that Harry Redknapp would still be in charge next year, but castigating his players for their lack of commitment this season, saying they looked unaffected by defeat.
Rangers were relegated on Sunday and Fernandes spent yesterday in talks with Redknapp and other club officials at the training ground about the future. He spoke last night of the need for a summer of changes, as Rangers try to build a squad to compete in the Championship.
The current situation clearly will not do. It is not financially sustainable, with so many players so overpaid, but the current Rangers would probably also struggle in the Championship, which is such a test of unity, spirit and cohesion – the qualities that Rangers have so obviously lacked this season.
Fernandes admitted that he was hurt by seeing the lack of effort and desire from some of his overpaid players this season.
"We want players that want to play for us, players that want to win," he said last night. "Players who get disappointed like I do when we lose. I haven't said it because it wasn't right, but it hurt me when I saw some of the players who didn't feel the way I felt. And in fact, in their case, it should be worse because this is their job, it's their life. It wasn't a good feeling. It was probably the low point for me when I saw the reaction of some of the players.
"It has shocked me because it is something that is alien to me. Whatever I have done as a job, for whoever has hired me, I put in 150 per cent. It's in my character. If I am taking someone else's money, then I am going to work bloody hard for that person. It wasn't right to say anything during the season, but I noticed everything and I am a little bit wiser for it now."
The problem, though, is how to clear these overpaid players out. "You can't shift people when they've got two- or three-year contracts on good money," said Redknapp on Sunday night, but that is precisely what Rangers have to try to do.
Some will be easy to move on. Loïc Rémy, Rangers' best player, is thought to have an £8m release clause. He has done more than enough since joining from Marseille to prove his worth, and one of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is likely to trigger that clause this summer. Fernandes said: "Harry will not be forced to sell any players he wants to keep" but it is hard to see Rémy playing in the Championship.
The problem is beneath them. Julio Cesar, Junior Hoilett and Esteban Granero all have three years left of highly paid contracts and might not be overwhelmed by summer suitors. They will surely not be offered as much money anywhere else. Jose Bosingwa, who refused to sit on the bench earlier in the season and was seen laughing after relegation was confirmed on Sunday, has two years left on his contract. The current Rangers squad is a mess. Redknapp has admitted there are "splits in the camp" to do with money. But somehow he will have to weed out the unhelpful ones and build a squad ready to fight again.
"We're going to give it a real good go next season though and hopefully get this club back to where it belongs," Redknapp said. "We've got to re-build and get a team together that can be really competitive in the Championship."
New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain
By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning
Review: Mike Leigh's biopic is a rambling, rich character study
Latest in Sport
Manchester City vs Manchester United combined XI: No place for Yaya Toure... or any United defenders
Sami Khedira transfer news: Arsenal can win the Premier League if they sign Khedira in January, says Perry Groves
Paul Scholes: At last! Some credit for Sam Allardyce
EXCLUSIVE: F1 heading for eastern revolution as new team emerges from Romania
Impressive Kurt Zouma may save Chelsea millions by replacing John Terry
- 1 'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 4 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
- 5 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything