Scrooge! QPR boss Harry Redknapp cancels Christmas at Loftus Road

Harry Redknapp

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp will not be allowing his struggling Premier League squad to organise a Christmas party.

We may be entering the season of peace on earth and goodwill to all men, but the Christmas spirit appears to have been lost on Queens Park Ranger boss Harry Redknapp.

There is not a lot of giving going on at Loftus Road, with the playing staff seeing their social privileges taken away.

Redknapp has warned that they will not be joining the millions of others across the country in organising a festive party.

Instead, a side still languishing inside the Premier League relegation zone have been told to focus on the task in hand and take greater pleasure from the pursuit of points than the desire to go out celebrating.

Redknapp told Sky Sports News: "No, I'm not into Christmas parties, not for footballers. I think it's more aggravation than it's worth. It's a changing world out there and there's always someone out there with a camera, everyone’s got cameras on their phone.

“We’re in a relegation battle and we’ve got to make sure we concentrate fully. We have got a Christmas do on Monday night for all the staff, all the people who work at QPR behind the scenes and run the club. Just a meal and we’ll all go to that but as far as going out and having a jolly up, it’s not something that I’ll be looking at.

"I haven't spoken to the players about it, they haven't mentioned anything about a Christmas party. I think they understand the pitfalls of going out. You've only got to be closing your eyes and someone has got a picture of you making it look like you're drunk. It's not worth the hassle."

While Redknapp may be in danger of turning into English football’s Ebenezer Scrooge, you have to admire his dedication to the cause.

He is prepared to risk incurring the wrath of those at his disposal by keeping them on a tight leash and preventing them from putting themselves in a situation they may live to regret.

Could it be argued, though, that allowing the players to let their hair down may actually be of greater benefit, with a night on the tiles giving them a break from the pressures of top-flight football and the struggle to preserve a standing among the elite?

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