Queens Park Rangers are back in the English Premier League this season after earning promotion under manager Harry Redknapp last year. However, the team has been struggling all season long and Redknapp has now stepped down from his post as manager. He leaves the squad on February 3rd without a single point in their 11 away matches so far this campaign, which is a league record for futility. The 67-year-old said he’s resigning due to problems with his knee, which requires surgery to repair. The Premier League’s oldest boss added that he isn’t able to concentrate 100 per cent on the job at hand.
Redknapp has formerly managed at West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur and joined QPR in November of 2012. The team was relegated under Redknapp at the end of the 2012/13 season, but were promoted following the 2013/14 campaign when he was in charge for the full season. QPR didn’t do much to strengthen the squad in the recent January transfer window and are mired in the relegation zone. They currently sit in 19th place in the 20-team league after 23 matches with just 19 points from them.
Redknapp told the media, “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.” For the time being it looks like former QPR striker Les Ferdinand will take over along with Chris Ramsey.
So far during his long career Redknapp has managed just one piece of silverware, which was an FAC Cup victory with Portsmouth. He’s regarded as one of England’s most-respected managers and has previously been considered to take charge of the English national team. Tony Fernandes, the team’s chairman said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Harry Redknapp for everything he has done for QPR during his time in charge. We part on good terms and I would personally like to wish him all the best for the future.”