Redknapp furious after paper talk
QPR manager Harry Redknapp. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Soccer:QPR may have just picked up their third Premier League win of the season but Harry Redknapp was an angry man his evening, accusing an agent of leaking false information in a bid to destabilise the club.
Reports today alleged the west Londoners’ Dubai training camp last month was marred by ill-discipline, with unnamed players likening the behaviour on the trip to a “stag party”.
It was hardly the start Redknapp wanted to his 66th birthday but at least it ended positively, with Jay Bothroyd’s second-half strike earning QPR a 2-1 win at Southampton.
The Rs boss only had one thing on his mind after the game, though, launching into a tirade when asked about this morning’s allegations.
“It was a disgusting story in the paper,” Redknapp said. “It was completely full of untruths. I took the team away. We arrived at five o’clock in the morning at a hotel in Dubai, trained that morning. We trained every morning I was there. We were on the bus at 8.30am for training, we never missed a training session. We were the only club over there that trained every day.
“I let the players have one night out with about four or five other teams out with them that night. That was the only night they went out and the next morning they trained. They never missed a session. I know where the story come from, I know who done the story and they are trying to make problems for the football club. I know exactly where it has come from.”
Asked if he was disappointed that players leaked it, Redknapp retorted: “It wasn’t players. It didn’t come from players. I am sure as I can be that it came from a football agent and I know who did it.”