Redknapp, Pardew and Wenger – Straight from the manager’s mouth

Harry Redknapp

The managers of QPR, Newcastle, Arsenal and Stoke feature in our best of ‘who said what’ in relation to the Premier League this weekend.

Here is a closer look at some of the managerial sound-bites following the latest round of top-flight matches:

QPR manager Harry Redknapp, speaking about relegation release clauses:

“Who should be escaping? Sorry, I don’t buy into that.”

So there you have it: undeniable proof that Loic Remy, Christopher Samba and the rest will be playing Championship football next season.

Only, you sense that a sound-bite in April will count for little once the transfer window re-opens.

Redknapp’s call-to-arms is admirable, but the truth is his team needs an overhaul. As prolific as Remy would be in the second tier, he will depart even if that departure isn’t branded an escape. As will many others.

QPR need to be a team who can not only survive in the Championship, but scale it.

An impossible task for many, Redknapp must achieve it at the first attempt should he wish to remain for the long haul.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew, on the club’s survival hopes:

“We will fight to the end. Hopefully that will be enough; I think it will.”

Well how’s that for an inspirational speech? Hopefully that will be enough? He thinks it will?

It seems Pardew is just as affected by doubt as his under-performing players.

You are beginning to sense that should Newcastle avoid relegation this season, it will be more as a result of other side’s limitations than any effort on their part.

They are in free-fall.

You just hope their manager saves the inspirational stuff for the dressing room.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, on Robin van Persie:

“He will never now be greeted with enthusiasm by our fans.”

Quite an understatement, that one; but the debate will rage on as to whether van Persie actually did anything wrong by leaving the club he had served for so long.

Only following his departure was his injury record held against him. Only when he returned in another team’s shirt did collective amnesia set in.

And yes, that’s football. We love until we have reason to hate and everyone has felt plenty of both.

I just hope his time at Arsenal hasn’t been completely forgotten.

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis, on securing another season in the top flight:

“A sixth successive Premier League season would be a great achievement for a club that a few years ago was a mid-table Championship side.”

Just as I did last week, I will leave the final word to Tony Pulis – a man who tells it like it is.

Following the win against Norwich that has all but secured their safety, the Stoke manager sent the fans down memory lane with a brief trip to a possible future.

For those calling for change, at his club or at any, for those growing bored of stability and striving for what lies above that, there are a growing number of examples as to why we should be happy with our lot.


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