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Jermain Defoe injured: Ruled out of Tottenham"s next three matches

Defoe blow for Tottenham as injury rules striker out of next three matches

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

12:39 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:03 GMT, 3 April 2013

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has suffered a muscle injury which will keep him out of the club's next three matches.

It's a massive blow for Andre Villas-Boas's side who are fighting for a place in next season's Champions League and face FC Basle on Thursday night in the Europa League quarter-final first leg.

Defoe – who has 14 goals for Spurs this season – will miss the home-and-away legs against Basle and a crunch Barclays Premier League match with Everton at White Hart Lane.

No go Defoe: The Spurs striker has been ruled out of the next three matches

No go Defoe: The Spurs striker has been ruled out of the next three matches

Next up for Tottenham…

FC Basle (home, tomorrow, Europa League)
Everton ( home, Sunday, Premier League)
FC Basle (away, April 11, Europa League)
Man City (home, April 21, Premier League)

The north London club have a tough run-in of fixtures, but Villas-Boas is hopeful Defoe will return in time for the clash with defending champions Manchester City on April 21.

The Spurs boss said: 'Jermain has a
muscle injury and that’s probably going to take him out for the next two
games and maybe Basle away.

Coming to Spurs' Ade: The Togolese striker is one option to lead the line

Coming to Spurs' Ade: The Togolese striker is one option to lead the line

Coming to Spurs' Ade: The Togolese striker is one option to lead the line

'If he can’t make Basle away he should be fit for the week that we prepare to play Manchester City. It’s a big blow. It’s the same muscle he had a small tear in last month, but it’s the other side (pelvic injury).

'It’s a big miss for us because he’s a player who represents a lot for us and he’s showed tremendous quality this season.

'You’ve seen us play with (Clint) Dempsey and (Gareth) Bale up front. We have been in periods where are strikers have been injured and we’ve coped with it – sometimes less successfully, sometimes more so.

'We’ll definitely have him back for the Man City game, so the negative of having an injury is not that bad.

'We’ll have the player back for the decisive moments of the season.

'He probably did it through a shooting exercise we set out prior to playing Swansea.’

Hair we go: Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Tottenham face FC Basle in the Europa League on Thursday night

Hair we go: Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Tottenham face FC Basle in the Europa League on Thursday night

Emmanuel Adebayor to be in Tottenham squad

Adebayor to be named in Spurs squad for Newcastle clash despite missing training

By
Paul Hirst, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

19:36 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:08 GMT, 8 February 2013

Emmanuel Adebayor missed Tottenham training today, but will still be in the squad to face Newcastle at White Hart Lane tomorrow.

Adebayor's African Nations Cup campaign with Togo ended on Sunday evening with a quarter-final defeat to Burkino Faso, yet he remained in South Africa for another four days despite the fact that he is the club's only fit striker.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas said yesterday that he had given Adebayor some time off to deal with some 'issues' following the tournament.

Missing: Emmanuel Adebayor was absent from Tottenham training

Missing: Emmanuel Adebayor was absent from Tottenham training

The Portuguese said he had told the former Arsenal man to be back for today's 3pm training session, but it is understood that the player did not make it back in time.

Despite this, it is thought that Villas-Boas is content to include the Togolese in his squad for tomorrow's lunch time kick-off against the Magpies even though he has not trained with his club team-mates since January 11.

Villas-Boas now has to decide whether he throws Adebayor in to the team despite his lack of training, persist with Clint Dempsey as a makeshift centre-forward, or deploy Gareth Bale up front as he hinted he might do yesterday.

If Adebayor does not start, it could mean Lewis Holtby makes his full debut against Alan Pardew's side.

The Germany international has impressed off the bench twice since his move from Schalke, and could be deployed on the left flank if Bale plays down the middle.

'He's made an immediate impact in the team in both games,' Villas-Boas said of the 1.25million midfielder.

Settled: Lewis Holtby has made an instant impression at Tottenham

Settled: Lewis Holtby has made an instant impression at Tottenham

'Lewis offers further options playing from the channels coming in. We haven't seen him in this position yet, but he finds comfort in that position because he played it before for Mainz.

'At the moment he's playing fantastically well. Hopefully we will continue to see him progress.'

While Holtby was Tottenham's only senior signing last month, Newcastle were much busier, adding five Frenchmen to their ranks.

The most impressive of the new arrivals has been Moussa Sissoko, who scored twice against Chelsea last weekend in only his second start since his cut-price transfer from Toulouse.

'Most of their signings have gone straight in and have had the right impact,' the Tottenham manager said.

'Sissoko was a great grab. A couple of years ago he was being linked with the top clubs in the world and to get him at such a low price was a massive coup for them.'

Leading the line: Gareth Bale could start up front for Tottenham

Leading the line: Gareth Bale could start up front for Tottenham

Tottenham will open up a six-point gap over fifth place Everton if they defeat Newcastle tomorrow.

Although Spurs are unbeaten in two months in the Barclays Premier League, their tendency to draw matches had meant they have not been able to make an assault on second and third position.

Villas-Boas hopes his team can build on last weekend's narrow victory over West Brom by recording another win tomorrow.

'We want to build a gap over the teams that are chasing us and bridge the gap to those at the top,” Villas-Boas said.

'It can go either way. Everton have a difficult away fixture (at Manchester United) this weekend, Arsenal have one too (at Sunderland).

'If we want to be able to profit in some way from these two fixtures, we have to get the result against Newcastle.

'We have to do our job.'

Clint Hill warns QPR players to fight or leave club

QPR veteran Hill warns spineless players: If you don't want to fight, get out now

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UPDATED:

22:02 GMT, 29 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers defender Clint Hill has laid bare the dressing-room tensions at the Premier League’s bottom club ahead of the team’s crucial clash against Liverpool.

Hill revealed the discontent that the players who helped the club win promotion to the top flight felt when they were cast aside by previous managers Neil Warnock and Mark Hughes for a series of big-name signings, most of whom have failed to make any real impact.

And the 34-year-old veteran questioned whether the club’s imports had the desire to fight for Premier League survival.

Back in favour: Clint Hill (left) was overlooked by Mark Hughes at QPR

Back in favour: Clint Hill (left) was overlooked by Mark Hughes at QPR

‘Of course, I was hurt when I was dropped,’ said Hill. ‘And I’m not the only one. There were another 10 or 11 players who had done well for this club, bringing them up from the Championship. To see players who had fought for everything [discarded] is hard to take. We’re not nave enough to think that we didn’t need change, it’s just how much change.’

QPR have won just one game all season and are bottom of the table with 10 points. With games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham looming, they are likely to remain rooted at the bottom well into 2013.

New manager Harry Redknapp has already lambasted some of his best-paid players, claiming they are not giving value for money, and he fined Jose Bosingwa, a Champions League winner with Porto and Chelsea, 100,000 for refusing to sit on the bench for the recent clash against Fulham.

Hill, made captain by Redknapp for the game against West Bromwich Albion when Ryan Nelsen was absent, backs the boss’s stance on Bosingwa.

Bad books: Jose Bosingwa (left) was fined for refusing to be a substitute

Bad books: Jose Bosingwa (left) was fined for refusing to be a substitute

Hill said: ‘If you don’t want to go on the bench, then do you want to be here Do you want to fight Do you want to be in the scrap with your team-mates

‘We’ve all been on the bench, we’ve all been dropped, we’ve all been told we can go. But we all earn good money. If you can’t sit on the bench, there has got to be something wrong.
‘You want to be in this together. You want people next to you fighting for the cause. If you can’t sit on the bench and support the lads, then what are you doing here

‘We’ve got to be together and up for the fight. If you don’t fancy it, then January is round the corner, so off you go!’

Redknapp’s punishment of Bosingwa revealed the full-back’s 50,000-a-week wages and exposed the gulf in earnings between new signings and the pre-Premier League team. But Hill insists money is not an issue.

‘If you can get that money, then good for you,’ he said. ‘I’m more anxious about what players do on the pitch.’

Too much, too soon: Mark Hughes signed a whole new team in summer

Too much, too soon: Mark Hughes signed a whole new team in summer

The first wave of signings came when current owner Tony Fernandes bought the club in August 2011, with Joey Barton, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Armand Traore, Luke Young and Anton Ferdinand soon arriving.

When Warnock was sacked last January, Hughes brought in Nedum Onuoha, Samba Diakite, Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse during the transfer window, before almost an entire team was signed in the summer. Hughes bought Bosingwa and Nelsen along with Andy Johnson, Park Ji-sung, Esteban Granero, Rob Green, Julio Cesar, Junior Hoilett and Stephane Mbia, with Fabio Da Silva arriving on loan.

Of these, only Nelsen, now club captain, is an unqualified success. QPR also paid almost 7million in agents’ fees, the third highest in the Premier League behind Liverpool and Manchester City.

Hill suggests Hughes tried to build a new side too quickly. ‘When you look at the other teams that came up with us, Swansea and Norwich, they’ve done it gradually and brought big players in when they needed it,’ he said.

Struggling: Esteban Granero (right) has failed to live up to his billing at QPR

Struggling: Esteban Granero (right) has failed to live up to his billing at QPR

‘The players who came up from the Championship weren’t given enough trust. I think they could have done a job in this League. But all managers have their own transfer policies.’

Hill was voted player of the season by fans and players in 2011-12 but thought he would be sold on until Redknapp arrived five weeks ago and restored him along with Shaun Derry and Jamie Mackie from the promotion team.

Hill added: ‘I’m 34 and I’ve played most of my career in the lower leagues. You’re talking about a Champions League winner [Bosingwa] here and people who have won the Premier League and FA Cups. You hope there’s a desire within them. We need that as a team, as a unit. Everyone is frustrated and everyone is different. But it has to be hurting you to be bottom and to have won one game. If it isn’t, I’ve got to question them.’

Harry Redknapp launches attack on QPR players

Redknapp's rant at 'overpaid' QPR players he inherited from predecessor Hughes

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UPDATED:

21:13 GMT, 22 December 2012

Harry Redknapp has launched a blistering attack on some of the players he inherited from his predecessor at Queens Park Rangers, Mark Hughes.

After seeing his side lose 1-0 at Newcastle, Redknapp said: ‘There’s an awful lot of players at this club earning far too much money for what they are; far, far, far too much money for their ability and what they give to the club.’

Not happy: Harry Redknapp hit out at his high earning QPR players after they lost to Newcastle

Not happy: Harry Redknapp hit out at his high earning QPR players after they lost to Newcastle

And in a thinly-disguised swipe at
the club’s transfer dealings under Hughes, Redknapp expressed his
reluctance to take advantage of the transfer market during the January
window after admitting: ‘We’re short in certain areas.’

He added: ‘I don’t want to spend the
owners’ money really. I’ve got to be honest with you. I don’t want to
see the owners have their pants taken down like they have in the past. A
lot of agents have made an awful lot of money out of them. I fined a
player (Jose Bosingwa) last week and he was earning more than anybody at
Tottenham, so that tells you everything.

Job to do: Redknapp is not sure if he will spend money in January

Job to do: Redknapp is not sure if he will spend money in January

‘We’ve got a stadium that holds
18,000 people and shouldn’t be paying big wages. Newcastle’s ground
holds 55,000 and I bet you most of their players won’t be earning what
our players are. So that is a problem.’

Redknapp fined Bosingwa after the
defender refused to sit on the bench for the game against Fulham last
week. Redknapp said: ‘He didn’t want to be a substitute so he went home.
He has been fined two weeks’ wages — 130,000. Not bad for two weeks is
it Not too bad for playing on a Saturday.’

Blame game: Clint Hill and Shaun Derry look frustrated during the game

Blame game: Clint Hill and Shaun Derry look frustrated during the game

Asked how he might handle a player like that, Redknapp said: 'We'll find out in January.'

Rangers are one of a series of clubs
to have been linked with Newcastle striker Demba Ba, whose
well-publicised release-clause could spark a scramble for his signature.

Dejected: Jamie Mackie of QPR shows his disappointment after they concede a late goal

Dejected: Jamie Mackie of QPR shows his disappointment after they concede a late goal

But Redknapp said: 'We've not got 7million to spend on a player, I'd have thought.'

Redknapp is to appoint his former
Spurs chief scout Mike Broomfield to his backroom team this week in a
bid to help remedy the club’s recent transfer policy.

Raheem Sterling signs Liverpool contract as Brendan Rodgers fires warning

Players' greed may scupper new deals, warns Rodgers as Sterling pens new Liverpool contract

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 21 December 2012

Raheem Sterling finally signed a new five-year Liverpool deal on Friday after months of negotiations.

The 17-year-old England winger admitted it was a ‘relief’ that talks had reached a successful end. ‘It was so frustrating that everyone thought I was not going to sign when you know deep down that you are going to sign sooner or later,’ he said.

And boss Brendan Rodgers has warned potential signings they will talk themselves out of a move if their sole focus is money.

Signed, sealed, delivered: Raheem Sterling agreeing his new contract with Brendan Rodgers

Signed, sealed, delivered: Raheem Sterling agreeing his new contract with Brendan Rodgers

Shake on it: Sterling with Liverpool boss Rodgers

Shake on it: Sterling with Liverpool boss Rodgers

A 12million deal for Daniel
Sturridge stalled this week after it emerged Liverpool will not pay his
agents’ demands for a percentage of any sell-on fee. It comes as part of
a clampdown on the amount of fees the club are paying to middle men.

Rodgers, though, is determined to be
just as careful in terms of the money that goes to new arrivals. He
pulled out of a move for Gylfi Sigurdsson in the summer because of the
terms being demanded and will not be afraid to do the same again.

‘You have to get hungry players in who want to work and want to fight to be successful – that is the biggest thing for me,’ said Rodgers, whose side face Fulham this evening for the first time since Liverpool’s very public pursuit of Clint Dempsey.

‘They will get a good contract coming here but if they want to argue over money, and other things that go around it, I don't want them here. In my experience those players will eventually let you down anyway.

‘So, for us, it is about getting players in who are hungry to succeed and to pull on the shirt. That's the simple message for any player coming here – you can't take the money and run. You have to earn the right to play for this club and to help us succeed.’

Raheem Sterling finally put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal yesterday after months of negotiations and the England winger admitted it was a “relief” that talks had reached a successful conclusion.

‘It was so frustrating that everyone (though I was) not going to sign when you know deep down that you are going to sign sooner or later,’ said Sterling, who has missed some training sessions this week through illness. ‘So it was just really good to get it over and done with. I'm happy with that.’

Jan Vertonghen says Spurs can win without Gareth Bale

We can win without Bale! Vertonghen adamant Spurs not a one-man team

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UPDATED:

17:49 GMT, 17 December 2012

Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham's victory over Swansea proves they can flourish without winger Gareth Bale.

Spurs climbed to fourth in the Barclays Premier League after Vertonghen fired them to a 1-0 triumph with his first goal in the competition at White Hart Lane yesterday.

Bale has been sidelined for two weeks with a hamstring injury and failed to make the squad yesterday and Tottenham are criticised for their lack of penetration in the Welsh winger's absence.

Vertonghen scored the only goal in a hard-fought win over Swansea on Sunday

Vertonghen scored the only goal in a hard-fought win over Swansea on Sunday

But Vertonghen, a 12million summer signing from Ajax, believes Clint Dempsey has proved a capable deputy.

'Maybe we needed a little more width on the pitch but Clint has replaced Gareth very well, like he has done with all the strikers already,' he said.

'Of course Gareth is a world class player, but we did well without him.

'We have a big squad but have had too many injuries. But even without those players we've played quite well. When everybody comes back we'll have a very strong team.'

Vertonghen insists the victory has set Tottenham up for a Christmas schedule that begins against Stoke at White Hart Lane on Saturday and also includes fixtures against Aston Villa, Sunderland and Reading.

Tottenham moved level on points with third-placed Chelsea

Tottenham moved level on points with third-placed Chelsea

Bale has been out with a hamstring injury

Bale has been out with a hamstring injury

'We needed to win our two matches games, this being the first one. It's important to enter Christmas with a good feeling,' the 25-year-old said.

'We did okay against Swansea. We know Swansea are a good passing team but we put them under pressure and created a lot of chances.'

Just as pleasing as Spurs' third clean sheet of the season was their refusal to concede the type of late goal that has hamstrung them under manager Andre Villas-Boas.

In their 24 matches this season, they have been breached 13 times in the last 15 minutes and had their matches finished at 80 minutes, they would be top of the table.

'We've conceded too many goals in the last 10 minutes, we know that. We have to keep our focus for 95 minutes,' Vertonghen said.

'We talked about not conceding late goals and last week was a perfect example. We concentrated very hard.

'It would have been nice to win 2-0 but we didn't give them many chances.'

Six seasons spent at Ajax before joining Tottenham has conditioned Vertonghen to a winter break, but he is happy to change his routine and play over Christmas.

'I love the winter break and it would be welcome because of the amount of games I play,' he said.

'But it's tradition and there are amazing atmospheres on Boxing Day and January 1. I love playing football so I don't really care. My family will come over for a few days.'

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup saw no shame in the defeat at White Hart Lane.

'On a day when our passing game maybe wasn't at its best, we were really competitive until the last second against a really good team on their ground so I can't complain about the performance – we know we can't win them all,' he said.

Clint Hill urges Harry Redknapp not to sign too many players

Hill urges Redknapp not to make same mistakes as Hughes in ripping QPR squad apart

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 9 December 2012

Clint Hill is advising Harry Redknapp to resist the urge to take the knife to his relegation-haunted QPR team — insisting it was making too many changes that got them into their current plight.

A battling draw at Wigan on Saturday now means that Rangers have failed to win any of their opening 16 matches of the season, beating the record of 15 set by Swindon in season 1993-94.

Redknapp concedes he is tempted to reshape his side in the January transfer window – even looking to out of season MLS players to boost his squad.

Warning: Clint Hill hopes Harry Redknapp does not make wholesale changes

Warning: Clint Hill hopes Harry Redknapp does not make wholesale changes

But veteran Hill believes continued reliance on the old guard at Loftus Road is the better path to follow if bottom club QPR are too survive.

Redknapp has been quick to lean on tried and tested English players, in contrast to his predecessor Mark Hughes.

Hill, Shaun Derry and Jamie Mackie were key figures in the side that won the Championship two seasons ago, but had been fringe players under Hughes.

Whilst keeper Rob Green, a player discarded by the Welshman after his first game, was QPR’s saviour in the 2-2 DW Stadium draw.

Hill, 34, said: 'I’ve been here three years now and I’ve seen loads come and go. I just think we need a bit of stability at the moment, a settled team, which we’ve tried to have over the last few games, and a system of play that suits us.

'The chairman (Tony Fernandes) is throwing money everywhere, left, right and centre and sometimes that doesn’t work. You’ve got to stick with people and work on them and try and get the best out of the ability they have.

Leveller: James McCarthy earned Wigan a point against QPR on Saturday

Leveller: James McCarthy earned Wigan a point against QPR on Saturday

'Don’t get me wrong, I do think we will go and try and get a couple of players, but I don’t think it will be five, six or seven like people are talking about.'

Redknapp praised the old guard and hinted that they may offer his best chance of bridging the seven-point gap that exists between the bottom club and safety.

He commented: 'You need those types of players when you are in trouble. You need the lads who are going to roll up their sleeves for you.

'I have to keep believing. If I don’t believe we can do it, no one will. People know I like a challenge. You can only do your best in life, can’t you'

His opposite number on Saturday, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, had a word of warning for the others down the bottom taking solace from Rangers’ woes.

He said: 'You look at the players that they have and Harry can use his experience in one half of a season to achieve his aim.'

Spurs players can have "2 or 3" Christmas parties – Andre Villas-Boas

Christmas parties are fine… have two or three! AVB tells Spurs players to get in the festive spirit

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UPDATED:

16:58 GMT, 5 December 2012

Manager Andre Villas-Boas has reversed predecessor Harry Redknapp’s ban on Christmas parties at Tottenham, insisting he is happy for the squad to have 'two or three' this winter.

Redknapp prevented his players from having a party three years ago after his team lost to Wolves just four days after Robbie Keane had organised a secret and raucous trip to Dublin.

Redknapp’s new team QPR will also not have a Christmas party this month, but Villas-Boas is happy for his players to let their hair down.

I wish it could be Christmas every day! Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas certainly appears to be in the festive spirit

I wish it could be Christmas every day! Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas certainly appears to be in the festive spirit

Party time: Spurs defenders Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Kyle Walker in training in Enfield on Wednesday

Party time: Spurs defenders Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Kyle Walker in training in Enfield on Wednesday

'We will try to have two or three (parties),' Villas-Boas said. 'It’s normal. It’s part of our group spirit.

'I don’t think it will affect performances. We will try to gather the group, to have dinner together and go on from there.'

Villas-Boas has looked increasingly relaxed in recent weeks with his team playing some of their best football of the season.

The Londoners earned their third straight Barclays Premier League win on Saturday when they defeated Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage.

The win moved Spurs up to fourth in the table – behind Chelsea on goal difference – and tomorrow they have a very good chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

In training: Andre Villas-Boas

Feeling the cold, chaps AVB (above), Jermain Defoe and Clint Dempsey (below) wrap up warm on Wednesday

Jermain Defoe

Clint Dempsey

Having won the competition with Porto in 2010, Villas-Boas is determined to make sure Spurs progress by avoiding defeat against Panathinaikos.

UEFA are considering scrapping the competition and replacing it with an enlarged Champions League, but the Portuguese thinks that would be a crazy idea.

'It’s difficult for me (to accept),' Villas-Boas said. 'We lost the Cup Winners’ Cup and you miss it.

'Most clubs are in a difficult financial situation. Increasing the Champions League means you have to remove the name “Champions” out of it as it would not make any sense.

'I think it would be an unpopular decision, certainly for me it would be a disappointment.'

Glove affair: Tom Huddlestone in training ahead of their Europa League clash with Panathinaikos on Thursday

Glove affair: Tom Huddlestone in training ahead of their Europa League clash with Panathinaikos on Thursday

Spurs will be confident of overcoming Panathinaikos tomorrow.

The
Greek side snatched a lucky draw in the reverse fixture two months ago
and their current poor form means they sit 16 points adrift of domestic
league leaders Olympiacos.

Villas-Boas
intends to rotate his team for the final Group J clash, with No 1 Hugo
Lloris expected to make way for Brad Friedel, who has had to sit out the
last five games despite being first choice at the start of the season.

Villas-Boas rebuffed an attempt by Blackburn to sign Friedel as a player/coach after Lloris assumed the No 1 spot at Spurs, and made it clear today that he wants to hang on to the American for the rest of the season.

'Brad has been excellent, I spoke to him and he has been such an important player for us,' Villas-Boas said. 'Rotation has not been because of performances.

'Both goalkeepers’ performances have been excellent. It gives me the ability at any time to throw a different keeper into the game.

'I don’t know anything about (Blackburn’s bid). We are trying to hold onto our best assets and Brad is certainly one of them.'

The game has come too soon for long-term injury victims Scott Parker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto, but they could return for next weekend’s game against Swansea.

'They have both been out for some time but we have to be sensible with the situation,' the former Chelsea boss added. 'Parker is an amazing player and it is a big boost for us.'

Gareth Bale, who suffered a hamstring injury at Fulham, is out of Sunday’s game at Everton but should return for the match against the Swans.

Harry Redknapp will try to keep Queens Park Rangers up

Redknapp: If I get QPR out of this mire it'll be the best achievement of my career

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UPDATED:

23:58 GMT, 2 December 2012

Harry Redknapp says helping QPR stave off relegation would be the greatest achievement of his long career.

The 65-year-old was appointed at the Loftus Road helm a week-and-a-half ago with the remit of keeping the Hoops in the Premier League.

It is a big ask for Redknapp with the west Londoners languishing bottom of the table, while their winless start to the season extended to 15 matches with Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Aston Villa.

Mire: Harry Redknapp took the job at rock bottom QPR

Mire: Harry Redknapp took the job at rock bottom QPR

Asked if keeping QPR up would be his biggest achievement, he said: 'Of course, absolutely from where we are. We will try. It is going to be hard.

'I've taken a big task on here. I know what I've taken on, I'm not a fool. It's going to be difficult but you can only give it your best.'

Redknapp is not new to such a situation and has masterminded several previous relegation escapes, although he failed to do so with Southampton seven years ago.

'It always creates anxiety when you're bottom of the league and can't get a win,' the QPR boss said.

'Football is like life – it is about confidence. When things are going well, you win games and you don't know how you won. You come off thinking “we were rubbish today but we won again”.

Nightmare start: Brett Holman put fellow strugglers Aston Villa a goal up at Loftus Road

Nightmare start: Brett Holman put fellow strugglers Aston Villa a goal up at Loftus Road

Hopeful: Redknapp says he and his players will try to beat the drop

Hopeful: Redknapp says he and his players will try to beat the drop

'Sometimes, like we are at the moment, you play well but you can't get the win and that's how it goes.

'They have shown a good attitude. They've trained hard, worked hard.

'They've all been good, they're good lads. We just need a win, don't we

'We could have got that win on Saturday with a bit of luck. Clint Hill's header I thought was dropping in and if that goes in it's a different game.

Bright spark: Shaun Wright-Phillips was in good form

Bright spark: Shaun Wright-Phillips was in good form

'We would be back in there, chasing the pack, but we couldn't quite get those three points.'

Shaun Wright-Phillips was recalled to the starting line-up against Villa and produced a far better display than many previously seen in a QPR shirt.

'I think confidence is the key for him,' Redknapp said. 'He has to play with confidence.

'He made some good runs and great ones in the first half, where he should have scored and then hit the post.

'But he bent his runs in off the line and looked lively. He has done well in training and I gave him a chance.'

Clint Dempsey left Fulham for money, says Martin Jol

Jol: Dempsey was loved at Craven Cottage, he joined Tottenham for the money

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UPDATED:

22:46 GMT, 30 November 2012

Fulham manager Martin Jol has hit back at Clint Dempsey’s claims that he felt unappreciated at Craven Cottage and insists the Tottenham midfielder wanted to leave for ‘more money’.

The American spent five seasons at Fulham and suggested this week that his acrimonious summer move might not have happened had he felt ‘valued and appreciated enough’.

But Jol, whose Fulham side face Tottenham today, said: ‘I told Clint in our last conversation that I loved him like a son, but he didn’t care because he wanted to move. It is a bit far-fetched.

Summer switch: Dempsey left Fulham for Tottenham

Summer switch: Dempsey left Fulham for Tottenham

Slow start: Dempsey has struggled at Spurs

Slow start: Dempsey has struggled at Spurs

‘I don’t think it (Dempsey’s comments
this week) was personal against me because he never said he didn’t feel
loved by me. I think he didn’t feel appreciated. He told me, “You have
all the money in the world”, but I haven’t. He wanted a financial move
and he wanted to play Champions League. That was the reason.’

Jol added: ‘He wanted to be appreciated financially.’

Dempsey left for a fee in the region of 6million on the last day of the
transfer window having not played for Jol this season. The Dutchman
refuted reports that the 29-year-old went on strike, but painted a
picture of a player with no desire to stay at the club.

He said: ‘I never said that he refused to play but he acted like a
player who I couldn’t involve any more. He didn’t want to talk, didn’t
want to run – I can’t use you anymore. He wanted to move.’

Jol added: ‘I tried to get him over again but he didn’t want to talk. I
tried to convince him – you know how I rated him. He was the best
offensive midfield player, he scored more goals than anyone else.’