Redknapp resigns as QPR boss

Harry Redknapp has resigned as manager of Queens Park Rangers, citing his need for ‘immediate knee surgery’, the Guardian is reporting.

Coaches Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey have been placed in temporary charge as owner Tony Fernandes begins the search for a permanent successor to the 67-year-old Redknapp, who had been at the club since November 2012.

Having taken over from Mark Hughes with the R’s bottom of the Premier League, he was unable to prevent relegation to the Championship in the 2012-13 season, but guided the club to promotion back to the top-flight at the first attempt last term, overseeing victory over Derby County at Wembley in the play-off final.

QPR currently lie second from bottom in the Premier League after a winless run that stretches back to December 20, but Redknapp retained the faith of Fernandes and the club’s board. The former Portsmouth, Southampton and Tottenham boss informed Fernandes of his decision to leave on Tuesday morning.

A statement from Redknapp on the club website read: “I have had such a fantastic time at QPR. I would like to thank the board, the players and all my staff, and especially the supporters who have been absolutely fantastic to me since I arrived at the club for their tremendous support.

“Sadly I need immediate surgery on my knee which is going to stop me from doing my job in the coming weeks. It means I won’t be able to be out on the training pitch every day, and if I can’t give 100% I feel it’s better for someone else to take over the reins.

‘My relationship with Tony Fernandes has been one of the highlights of my footballing career and I wish the club every success. I am confident they will survive in the Premier League this year.”

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