QPR boss Harry Redknapp regrets failure to sign Peter Odemwingie from West Brom
The striker was keen on a move to Loftus Road
Monday 22 April 2013
Harry Redknapp's only regret this year is not trying harder to bring West Brom's Peter Odemwingie to relegation-bound QPR.
Rangers are facing up to life in the npower Championship after Saturday's 2-0 defeat at home to Stoke left them 10 points adrift of safety with only four matches remaining.
It has left previously upbeat manager Redknapp conceding defeat in his battle to stave off relegation from the Barclays Premier League but with few regrets.
The only thing the QPR boss wishes he had done differently is to have brought in Odemwingie, who saw a January move to Loftus Road collapse after his bizarre deadline day actions.
"I would not have changed an awful lot, really," Redknapp said.
"I'd have probably tried harder to get the boy from West Brom, Odemwingie.
"He might have really given us something up there with Bobby Zamora not being 100 per cent fit. He might have scored four or five goals that make the difference.
"He did no different to what about 50 other footballers did on the same day.
"He made one big mistake. He was too honest, he turned up at the football club, he was silly."
Another of the strikers Redknapp tried to bring in during the January transfer window was Stoke's Peter Crouch.
As fate would have it, he helped condemn his former club to the drop by putting the Potters ahead late in the first half before winning the penalty which Jon Walters fired home.
Just over two years ago, Crouch scored the winner for Redknapp's Tottenham against AC Milan in their Champions League last-16 tie at the San Siro. Now it is the Championship that awaits the QPR boss.
"That's life," Redknapp said. "I started off at Bournemouth for 10 years and I loved every minute of it. I love football.
"The San Siro was great. I loved it. Fantastic.
"It was great going to Milan and winning but this is where I am now and I will get on with the job."
Redknapp played down suggestions he was uncertain about staying with the west Londoners, reiterating that any decision on his future lied with QPR's owners.
"I'd rather us have the challenge of building another Premier League team here which I would have done and we wouldn't be in trouble," Redknapp added.
"If I had started at the start of the year and we'd have been where we are I'd have gone 'Yeah, I put the team together lads and I'm sorry I've put a bad team together and that's where we are'.
"But this is where we are. I've tried my best with what we've had and it's not been good enough."
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
Latest in Sport
World Cup 2014 final - Germany vs Argentina preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more
Germany vs Argentina World Cup final 2014: Five reasons why Argentina will win the World Cup
Thomas Vermaelen to Manchester United: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thwarting Louis van Gaal over transfer
World Cup 2014 final - Germany vs Argentina preview: German team ethic tests Lionel Messi's ability to meet the challenge
Germany vs Argentina match preview: World Cup 2014 final details, including what time does the final kick-off and what channel is it on?
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 5 Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Emergency data law: David Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter
NUT strike: David Cameron announces crackdown on strike action ahead of mass industrial action