New Queen’s Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has expressed his belief that the team he is charged with saving from relegation from the Premier League should feel embarrassed by their performance so far this season.
Under Mark Hughes who was sacked last week, the Hoops only accumulated four points from a possible 39 over the course of their 13 fixtures so far.
Redknapp has earned a reputation as a transparent figure in front of the media but his latest concession may be taken as a slight by the players who have struggled and strived to no avail under Hughes. However, his opinion may, conversely, be enough to galvanize his squad to show more ambition and desire under his reign.
"Four points is embarrassing," he asserted. The club current sit bottom of the league and are the ‘basement’ team – winless and demoralized upon his arrival.
“How can you have four points from 13 games? It's their fault, no one else's fault and they have to do better if they want to stay in the Premier League, it's a simple as that.”
Redknapp now has an uphill struggle on his hands but he, if anyone, is probably the man to turn it around at Loftus Road. He must hope that his strong words spur the team to fight for their place in the top tier, amid the reality that they are likely to fail.
"You get people blaming each other in a situation like this. Players who aren't playing will blame those who are playing. Those who are playing will blame somebody else. It's up to me to make my own decisions over what's wrong with them and what needs doing.”
But should the players really feel ‘embarrassed’? Whilst their points total is nothing to be proud of, some of their performances have been. They’ve lacked cohesion for sure; Hughes was most likely dismissed because he failed to get them to play as a team.
Despite a number of relatively expensive additions in the summer, they’ve not connected as well as he’d have hoped. But they’re results suggest they’re not that far off the minimum level expected of them. They’ve drawn with Chelsea, Reading, Everton and only marginally, by one goal, in 5 other fixtures. Against Arsenal they were beaten in the 84th minute by an offside Mikel Arteta goal – they have not had much luck on their side.
The person who will likely feel embarrassed will be Mark Hughes – his players can and likely will recover under Reknapp which I’m inclined to suggest the Englishman knows. Any incoming manager to a struggling club can offset the huge scale of the fight ahead of him by encouraging the players to turn a new leaf.
In effect his words plead “no more embarrassments, lads”.
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