Nov 30 2012 By Paul Warburton
QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes salvation lies in the minds of his players.
And the new man in charge reckons he is the perfect head doctor to change fortunes at a club rock bottom of the Premier League and still searching for a first win at the 15th attempt when they tackle Aston Villa later today.
Redknapp agreed that a losing side was short of confidence, and needed an avuncular arm around shoulders to resurrect survival hopes.
“I think that’s the key, he said. “When you’re losing and not winning confidence is key. I’ve got to get them believing they’re very good players and that we can win games.
“At least a win (against Villa) will put us on the tails of the teams ahead of us.”
The man who saved Portsmouth and West Ham in similar circumstances is in no doubt about the enormity of the task ahead of him.
Rangers have a meagre four points, eight away from the last safety spot currently occupied by Villa, and admits a heady 10 wins from 24 games will demand an amazing turnaround in form.
However, the ghost of Christmas past bodes well for Harry and co when he remembers back to his second coming at Portsmouth in December 2005.
He said: “You’re talking top six or seven form to get 10 wins out of 24 games.
“By I remember we got beat five in my second game at Portsmouth by Birmingham and it could have been 10 – but we finished above them.
“And I like the look of the group we have here. We’ve got some very good players.”
Redknapp has got new QPR club kits ready to present to his grandchildren – although he admitted they now have enough football togs to fill a sports shop.
He said” They’re getting sick of changing. They’ve been Tottenham for the last few years, and it’s now QPR.
“I’m not one for change, I was manager of Bournemouth for 10 years and I’ve been married 45 years,” he joked.
“It seems strange to change clubs (in such a short space of time). But that was not my choice to change at Tottenham, that was someone else’s – but that’s life.”