Get better or get out, Harry Redknapp tells QPR players
New manager doesn't mince words: but can he really bring another relegation-zone patient back to life?
HARRY REDKNAPP, newly installed as manager of Queen's Park Rangers, is currently languishing at the foot of the Premier League, says his players need to improve or face being dropped.
He told the BBC: "I need 11 people with ability to put effort in. If they don't they're not going to play and I'll get 11 who do.
"I've got no time for people who lose the ball and throw their hands up in the air or stand around with their hands on their hips. We are in a relegation battle."
Redknapp saved Portsmouth from relegation – twice. He also oversaw an amazing upswing in the fortunes of Tottenham. So can he repeat the feat for QPR?
Arriving at the scene of disasters "to try to revive the patient" with the "proverbial flashing blue light on his head" has become a habit for 'Arry, says The Independent's Sam Wallace. But at 66, this "really should be the last time".
Redknapp will need patience, says Wallace. At Portsmouth, "when it came to the players, he was brilliant". But when it came to dealing with his bosses "he could be infuriating".
QPR striker Jamie Mackie told The Sun that he was "so excited" with Redknapp's appointment because he is a Tottenham fan. Mackie added: "Harry is a brilliant appointment... Let's hope he can do what he did at Spurs."
Writing in The Observer, Jamie Jackson said Redknapp will have to tackle "five crucial issues" at Loftus Road: player confidence, a wobbly outfield, restoring Shaun Derry to the side, a desperately-needed first win of the season and a lack of consistency from Adel Taraabt.
Goal.com's Mock the Weekend columnist found the appointment of Redknapp so predictable yet drawn-out that it "served mainly as a way to remind this column of its own mortality". It concluded: "This job was made for him."
For the Daily Mail, Ian Ladyman said QPR's problem is obvious: "Decent players. Deep flaws." Their 3-1 defeat by Man United at the weekend revealed "errors in concentration, errors in application and errors in decision-making".
Perhaps Redknapp's first recruit could be David Beckham, for whom he has "opened the door", said Ladyman, saying he was a "fantastic" footballer who "could still play in the Premier League".
But the newly-installed manager seemed to pour cold water on the Beckham story himself today, telling the Daily Mirror that while he is a big fan of Becks, he's never discussed signing him.