Queens Park Rangers Say Manager Harry Redknapp Quits PostChristopher Elser
Queens Park Rangers said manager Harry Redknapp resigned from the Premier League soccer club as it sits in the relegation zone of England’s top division.
Redknapp -– who joined the west London club in November 2012 -- oversaw 105 matches before telling Chairman Tony Fernandes that he was quitting this morning. He will undergo knee replacement surgery in the next several weeks.
“Sadly I need immediate surgery on my knee which is going to stop me from doing my job,” Redknapp, 67, said in a statement. “It means I won’t be able to be out on the training pitch every day, and if I can’t give 100 percent I feel it’s better for someone else to take over the reins.”
Former Tottenham coach Tim Sherwood is favored to replace Redknapp, according to odds from William Hill Plc. Sherwood is 1-3 with the U.K. bookmaker, meaning a successful $3 bet will return $1 plus the original stake. Former England manager Glenn Hoddle, who already coaches at QPR, is 5-1 at Hill.
Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey will serve as temporary coaches, the team said today on its website.
The management board accepted Redknapp’s resignation. QPR has won five of its 23 matches this season, and is in 19th place in the 20-team Premier League, which demotes the bottom three teams to the Championship each year.
“We part on good terms and I would personally like to wish him all the best for the future,” Fernandes said.