QPR boss steps down

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has stepped down from his role as manager of the club.

The former Spurs, Southampton and Portsmouth boss offered his resignation earlier today, which the relegation-battling club accepted.

‘Arry joined the club in 2012 and, despite his best efforts, could not stop them slipping into the Championship in the latter half of the campaign.

He oversaw 105 games at the helm of the Loftus Road side, many of which came on their way to promotion back to the Premier League last season, which was secured with a dramatic play-off final win over Steve McClaren’s Derby County.

He is set to undergo knee replacement surgery in the coming weeks, and Redknapp believes that the Super Hoops need a boss in place who can work closely with the players, which is something he would be unable to do.

In a statement on QPR’s website, the veteran manager said:

“I have had such a fantastic time at QPR. I would like to thank the Board, the players and all my staff, and especially the supporters who have been absolutely fantastic to me since I arrived at the club for their tremendous support.

“Sadly I need immediate surgery on my knee which is going to stop me from doing my job in the coming weeks. It means I won’t be able to be out on the training pitch every day, and if I can’t give 100 per-cent I feel it’s better for someone else to take over the reins.

“My relationship with Tony Fernandes has been one of the highlights of my footballing career and I wish the club every success. I am confident they will survive in the Premier League this year.”

Chairman Tony Fernandes was also positive about the situation, thanking Redknapp for his work at the club:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Harry for everything he has done for QPR during his time in charge.” he said.

“We part on good terms and I would personally like to wish him all the best for the future.”

Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey will take charge of the club on a temporary basis.