QPR need wins, not signings, says Harry Redknapp

Relegation contenders linked with Darren
Bent, Loic Remy and Joe Cole

Harry Redknapp believes the next month will determine whether Queens Park Rangers have a chance of staying in the Premier League and not any potential transfer activity in the new year.

QPR take on relegation rivals Aston Villa at Loftus Road tomorrow having failed to win any of their first 14 League games and eight points adrift of safety.

Redknapp has already been linked with a number of players ahead of the window opening in January, including Darren Bent, Loic Remy and Joe Cole.

But the 65-year-old, who replaced Mark Hughes as manager last weekend, insists the next few weeks will prove decisive to their future.

Redknapp said: “I’m not even looking at January at the moment, it’s now. There are games between now and the transfer window that really will decide where we’re going.

“If we don’t pick up some points and wins in that period then what’s the point in putting yourself in trouble by bringing in five players and getting yourself lumbered with a big wage bill for next year again?

“It’s not the situation [we want]. We need to pick points up and then we can see where we are in January. I haven’t discussed players with anyone, not the chairman [Tony Fernandes] or the chief executive Phil [Beard]. What happens in January is way off.

“Everybody starts here with a clean sheet and everyone is equal. Until they prove otherwise one way or the other they’re part of the squad.”

QPR drew their opening game under Redknapp at Sunderland on Tuesday but he will be introduced to the home fans for the first time tomorrow.

The former Tottenham manager, who remains confident the team can get out of trouble, has urged the supporters to focus all their energy on cheering the team to victory.

He added: “The atmosphere is going to be important. It’s not about me, it’s about picking up three points and getting closer to the pack so we can move off the bottom.

“If the fans can cheer every challenge and push us on, we will respond and hopefully get the three points we need.I do believe we have the players, there is enough talent here. I think we can do it. I have not come here to age myself another 10 years, I feel it can be done. If I didn’t think we could do it, I wouldn’t have come here.

“Who knows how many points we’re going to need to stay up. Teams have gone down with 40 odd and some have stayed up with 30 odd.

“We just have to get a win quickly and take it from there. It will give everyone a boost and make the place a better one to come to on a Monday morning.”

Meanwhile, Redknapp has revealed Robert Green will get the chance to fight it out with Julio Cesar to be the first-choice keeper from now on.

Green, who came on as a substitute against Sunderland, will make his first League start for three months against Aston Villa because Cesar is ruled out with a groin problem.

The 32-year-old was left stunned by former boss Mark Hughes’s decision to sign Cesar at the end of August and drop him from the first team just a few weeks into the season.

Green believed he would be QPR’s No1 this season after joining from West Ham on a free transfer in June and played in the first four matches of the campaign before Cesar took his place.But Redknapp said: “I had a chat with him about it and obviously he found himself in a situation he didn’t expect when he came here.

“There is nothing we can do about that now. We have two excellent keepers and it’s up to them to fight it out for that number one spot.

“Robert is a great keeper and one I have always admired. He is an England international and he made an incredible save the other night when he came on. We will play it week by week and see how we go.”

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