Redknapp given QPR backing

Harry Redknapp has been told his position as Queens Park Rangers manager is safe after speculation owner Tony Fernandes could make a change at the Premier League strugglers, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Redknapp was said to be in danger of losing his job if QPR were beaten at home on Saturday by Manchester United, and United duly ran out 2-0 winners through goals from Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson. The defeat left Rangers second-bottom of the table, two points better off than Leicester City and a point from safety.

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Redknapp insisted he had not been made aware of any threat to his future by Fernandes and Fernandes has come out in support of Redknapp and revealed his belief the veteran manager will steer the club clear of danger.

“I firmly believe Harry is the best man to get us out of the position we currently find ourselves in,” Fernandes’ statement read. “He has great experience and having spoken to him at length over the last week or so, he is determined to turn this around and help us maintain our Premier League status. This is Harry’s squad of players so he is the man to move us forward.

“There’s been a lot of rumours about Harry’s position being under threat, so I thought it was time to end all the speculation, so everyone can focus on the challenge ahead,” Fernandes added. “The performance against Manchester United showed the players are behind him and that they have the stomach for the fight.

“We know we need to improve our away form and Harry, his coaching staff and the squad will be doing all they can to turn around our fortunes on our travels.

“It’s very tight in the table and we will do our best to strengthen where we can to give us the best possible chance. The fans have been brilliant all season and all I ask is that they continue to back Harry and the team.”

QPR haven’t won in the league since a December victory over West Bromwich Albion, losing three and drawing two of the ensuing five fixtures. The London club have five wins from their 22 games, losing a joint-highest total of 13 times so far this season.

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