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Harry Redknapp sends rallying call ahead of QPR's 'big challenge'

The players have ‘got to realise that they’re in this position because they haven’t performed to their capabilities,’ he says.

 New QPR manager Harry Redknapp.
New QPR manager Harry Redknapp.
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NEW QPR MANAGER Harry Redknapp says he is ready for the ‘big challenge’ of trying to lead the club to Premier League safety.

Mark Hughes was relieved of his duties on Friday after leading the London side to just four points from their opening 12 top-flight games.

And Redknapp accepted that he faces a big task as the Welshman’s successor, but claimed the players must take some responsibility for the club’s position.

“It’s nice to be back. It’s a big challenge and a tough job but a job I’m looking forward to doing,” he told reporters today.

“I’ve watched games on TV and I know the players and where they’ve been, so I’ve got a good idea of who’s who. The lads I met yesterday were all upbeat. They’ve got to realise that they’re in this position because they haven’t performed to their capabilities.

“They’ve got to do better. They’ve lost a good manager in Mark (Hughes) but the players have to take responsibility for their performances. They’ve got to up their performance level and get us out of trouble. I feel there’s enough ability for us to climb the table.”

The former Tottenham boss went on to hail the west London club’s owners and hinted at requiring their backing in the January transfer window.

“The owners have been fantastic. I don’t know too many clubs that brought in more players than QPR in the summer. They couldn’t have done any more,” he added. ”It’s up to the people who run the team to get the best out of what’s here. I’m sure if there’s one or two in the window, a couple of loans or whatever, then we’ll be interested, but there’s not going to be wholesale spending. That wouldn’t be fair on the owners who have spent a lot already.

“We’re not overloaded with strikers. Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson are two good players to have missing, so that’s certainly an area in which we’re short. We’ll have to wait and see. The window is a long way away and we’ve got a lot of games between then and now.”

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