Redknapp: 'I'm close to joining QPR'

Harry Redknapp said he is close to taking over at QPR

Harry Redknapp said he is close to taking over at QPR

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Harry Redknapp has confirmed his appointment as QPR's new manager is imminent.

The former Tottenham boss revealed he could be named as Mark Hughes' replacement at Loftus Road within hours.

He told Sky Sports News: "Hopefully we can get it done, there shouldn't be any problems. There are a couple of bits to be sorted out but I've left it to other people and said I want it to happen because it's a club I want to manage. I'm looking forward to it. It's a big challenge and a tough job to take on - but I'm up for the challenge."

The 65-year-old confirmed he was hoping to travel up to Saturday's Barclays Premier League match at Manchester United, before making Tuesday's match at Sunderland his first in charge.

Redknapp said: "I'll watch the game. I will probably travel up and watch the game in the stand. If everything gets sorted, and I'm sure it will, I'll be in Sunday morning, will have the team in training on Monday, then fly up to Sunderland."

QPR are bottom of the table with only four points from 12 games and Hughes paid for the west London club's poor start with the sack on Friday morning.

Redknapp said: "You know what the game's like. I lost my job at Tottenham and Mark Hughes is a top, top manager and a great guy. Sometimes these things happen.

"QPR couldn't get the results they needed. You couldn't have too many worse starts but I'm ready to give it a go and see if I can change their fortunes around. If I can keep them up I'll be the happiest man around. There are some good players there but I've got to find a way of picking a team that can win some games."

Redknapp thinks the players will be the ones to get the Loftus Road club out of their current predicament.

He said: "I don't think too much will happen in January. There is a big staff there and you can't keep bringing players in. The players have got to start performing. If they do that we've got a chance...find a way to pick up points, be hard to beat and win some matches. It's all about the players."

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