Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand defends under-fire manager Harry Redknapp

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand urges the club not to sack manager Harry Redknapp.

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has backed underfire manager Harry Redknapp to turn things around in due time.

Redknapp’s future has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks due to QPR’s currently struggles in the Premier League.

Heading into this weekend’s round of matches, Rangers find themselves at the bottom of the standings with just four points from seven matches.

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss was in charge of the London club when they suffered relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2012-13 season.

However, Redknapp brought QPR back to the English top flight at the first time of asking, and Ferdinand wants the club bosses to keep faith in the 67-year-old.

‘We are not even in double figures for the amount of games played yet’, the former Manchester United defender told The London Evening Standard. ‘To push the panic button now would be crazy in my eyes.

‘Harry still comes across to me as a fighter and a man with a lot of fight left in him. He wants to get the club out of this situation we’re in. It’s not for the lack of trying.

‘No one wants to see their manager get sacked. It was not nice to see it happen to David Moyes at Manchester United last season and I wouldn’t want to see it here. It’s down to us as players, as well as the coaching staff, to start turning results around’.

Ferdinand himself has been in poor form since joining QPR on a free transfer in the summer after his contract with United came to an end at the end of last season.

The 35-year-old former England international centre-back has a laudable 87% pass accuracy, but he has won just 64% of his duels and has struggled at the back.

Next up for QPR is a clash against Liverpool at Loftus Road in the Premier League on Sunday. Ferdinand will have to be at his best to pick up even a point against Brendan Rodgers’s side.

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