Harry Redknapp has resigned from his post at Queens Park Rangers less than 24 hours after the January transfer window slammed shut. Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey are set to take charge of the club for now.
The reason’s behind Redknapp’s departure would seemingly lie with his immediate surgery required on his knee which is mentioned in the statement published on QPR’s website:
“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,” Redknapp said.
Redknapp has been in charge at Loftus Road since November 2012, succeeding current Stoke City manager Mark Hughes after a dismal beginning to the 2012/2013 season which saw the Hoops relegated.
Redknapp stayed with the team when they were in the Championship and got the West London side back to the Premier League at the first time of asking via the playoffs.
It is not yet known if Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey will remain in charge until the end of the season or if the club will appoint a permanent manager. Sky Sports News presenter Jim White gave an update on the situation saying that Harry Redknapp insists his resignation has nothing to do with the lack of activity from QPR on transfer deadline day.
Redknapp is well known for his shrewd business dealings in the transfer windows, signing quality players for cheap prices such as Rafael Van Der Vaart from Real Madrid for £7.5 million while in charge of Spurs.
Owner Tony Fernandes constantly backed Redknapp and gave him a vote of confidence on behalf of the board a couple of weeks ago with his position coming under pressure after the 2-0 loss to Manchester United. Fernandes is quoted as saying: “We part on good terms and I would personally like to wish him all the best for the future.”
Redknapp is also backing the club to survive in the Premier League this season: “I am confident they will survive in the Premier League this year.
“My relationship with chairman Tony Fernandes has been one of the highlights of my footballing career and I wish the club every success.”
QPR are now looking for their fourth manager since Tony Fernandes took control of the club in 2011.
Redknapp leaves the club 19th in the Premier League with 19 points and the club have failed to win any points away from home this season.
Where will QPR turn to for their next managerial appointment?