Harry Redknapp says he will quit QPR if board interferes with transfers

Harry Redknapp has said he would walk away from Queens Park Rangers if the board of directors or anybody else interferes with his work in the transfer market this summer.

The manager feels he needs to overhaul his squad for a tilt at promotion back to the Premier League and he is seeking to add a "couple of free transfers", including that of Wayne Bridge, whose Manchester City contract is set to expire. The left-back was on loan at Brighton & Hove Albion last season.

Redknapp, though, sent a clear message to the QPR owner, Tony Fernandes, when he said that he had to have the final say on the rebuild following the club's relegation.

"If we don't change it and I don't get the players that I want to bring in, then we have not got a chance," Redknapp said. "You can't have other people have a say at all. I'm a football person and I've got a staff around me of football people. We've got to make the decisions and, if we make the right ones, we will have a chance.

"Otherwise, if other people want to make decisions, we've got no chance. If I don't get that, then I wouldn't stick around. I'm trying to get Wayne Bridge. I'm hoping that's the first deal I can do."

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by David Hytner, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 5th June 2013 18.38 Europe/London

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