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Harry Redknapp wants Rob Green to challenge Julio Cesar for first-team place

Redknapp challenges Green to wrestle No 1 jersey from Brazilian Cesar at QPR

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UPDATED:

16:41 GMT, 30 November 2012

Harry Redknapp has urged Rob Green to fight to become the No1 goalkeeper at QPR once again.

The former West Ham stopper has not started a Premier League match since September 1 but is set to line up against Aston Villa on Saturday because Julio Cesar has suffered a torn groin.

Green, who replaced Cesar at half-time in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Sunderland , is also highly rated by QPR’s goalkeeping coach, David Coles.

Challenge set: Harry Redknapp wants Rob Green (right) to compete for the No 1 spot at QPR

Challenge set: Harry Redknapp wants Rob Green (right) to compete for the No 1 spot at QPR

Rangers boss Redknapp said he had spoken to Green about the past few months, which saw him move to west London on a free transfer from West Ham only to be deposed as Rangers’ No1 by Brazilian Cesar following a humiliating 5-0 loss on his debut against Swansea City.

But Redknapp stressed all his players were starting with a ‘clean sheet’ after Mark Hughes’ departure and said he would select his goalkeepers ‘week by week’.

The QPR manager said: ‘I had a chat to Rob about his situation. He found himself in a situation he didn’t expect to be in when he came here but that’s it now.

‘We’ve got two top goalkeepers and it’s up to them to fight it out for the No1 spot. We’ll play it week by week. I’m very lucky to have two top goalkeepers.

‘Rob is fine. He’s a goalkeeper I’ve always admired; an England international goalkeeper. He didn’t have a lot to do against Sunderland the other night but he pulled off one world-class save.’

Hello son! Harry (right) was joined by Jamie (left) Redknapp at training today

Hello son! Harry (left) was joined by Jamie (right) Redknapp at training today

Hello son! Harry, who was joined by Jamie Redknapp at training today, wants Green to provide competition for Cesar, who arrived from Inter Milan in summer

Crunch time: QPR are looking for their first win of the season against Aston Villa at Loftus Road

Crunch time: QPR are looking for their first win of the season against Aston Villa at Loftus Road

All smiles: Shaun Wright-Phillips (centre) shared a joke in training

All smiles: Shaun Wright-Phillips (centre) shared a joke in training

Harry Redknapp has urged Rob Green to fight to become the No1 goalkeeper at QPR once again.

The former West Ham stopper has not started a Premier League match since September 1 but is set to line up against Aston Villa on Saturday because Julio Cesar has suffered a torn groin.

Green, who replaced Cesar at half-time in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Sunderland , is also highly rated by QPR’s goalkeeping coach, David Coles.

Rangers boss Redknapp said he had spoken to Green about the past few months, which saw him move to west London on a free transfer from West Ham only to be deposed as Rangers’ No1 by Brazilian Cesar following a humiliating 5-0 loss on his debut against Swansea City.

But Redknapp stressed all his players were starting with a ‘clean sheet’ after Mark Hughes’ departure and said he would select his goalkeepers ‘week by week’.

Sprawling: Green made an outstanding save to keep his side on terms at Sunderland in midweek

Sprawling: Green made an outstanding save to keep his side on terms at Sunderland in midweek

The competition: Julio Cesar was bought by Mark Hughes in the summer

The competition: Julio Cesar was bought by Mark Hughes in the summer

The QPR manager said: ‘I had a chat to Rob about his situation. He found himself in a situation he didn’t expect to be in when he came here but that’s it now.

‘We’ve got two top goalkeepers and it’s up to them to fight it out for the No1 spot. We’ll play it week by week. I’m very lucky to have two top goalkeepers.

‘Rob is fine. He’s a goalkeeper I’ve always admired; an England international goalkeeper. He didn’t have a lot to do against Sunderland the other night but he pulled off one world-class save.’

QPR to sack Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki

Hughes' assistants set for chop as Redknapp prepares to bring Bond and Jordan to QPR

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UPDATED:

15:10 GMT, 27 November 2012

Mark Hughes' trusted aides Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki are poised to follow the axed manager out of Queens Park Rangers.

The coaching duo have not made the trip to the Stadium of Light for Harry Redknapp’s first match as new Rangers boss against Sunderland.

The QPR hierarchy had explored the notion of keeping either Bowen or Niedzwiecki on the books to be part of Redknapp’s new backroom team.

Axe: Bowen (right) and Hitchcock (centre) took charge at Old Trafford

Axe: Bowen (right) and Hitchcock (centre) took charge at Old Trafford

But it is now looking increasingly likely that the pair will follow Hughes out of the west London club.

Officially, Bowen and Niedzwiecki remain employed by QPR – and still appear on the club’s website.

Bowen is listed as assistant manager while Niedzwiecki appears under the title of first-team coach.

However, the duo’s representatives remain in dialogue with Rangers with regards to severance packages.

Struggling: QPR are rock-bottom of the Premier League

Struggling: QPR are rock-bottom of the Premier League

But once those formalities are finalised, Bowen and Niedzwiecki will officially be replaced by Redknapp’s lieutenants Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan.

Likewise, current goalkeeping coach Kevin Hitchcock – another Hughes man – is expected to be replaced by David Coles.

Bond and Jordan have already assisted Redknapp in a training session at QPR’s Harlington HQ and are expected to be at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.

Fresh ideas: Redknapp takes charge for the first time on Tuesday night

Fresh ideas: Redknapp takes charge for the first time on Tuesday night

However, uncertainty remains over other members of Hughes’ backroom team as Redknapp decides whether to keep any of them on.

Fitness coach Carl Serrant, who played for Newcastle and Oldham, came to the club during Neil Warnock’s reign but was kept on by Hughes after impressing the Welshman with his training methods.

Similarly, head physio Nigel Cox, who also arrived under Warnock, is another who could be left in limbo by Redknapp’s arrival.

West Indies will struggle against England

West Indies struggle but it's bravo to the Lara lookalike

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 10 May 2012

West Indies trudged into the Northampton gloom on Thursday and, but for one ray of light provided by a special talent, looked a team who are going to struggle next week against England.

The miserable start to the summer, coupled with the speed with which the Windies have been thrown into the fray here after their home series against Australia, is threatening to make for a seriously undercooked touring side in the three-Test series.

Rain restricted West Indies to just 34 overs in their three-day opener against Sussex and it was no surprise when they prodded and pushed against lavish movement before being bowled out for 147 by the England Lions in their last match before the first Test.

Bravo: The West Indian to watch in the gloom of Northampton

Bravo: The West Indian to watch in the gloom of Northampton

Only Darren Bravo, the 23-year-old cousin of Brian Lara who has modelled himself on his illustrious relative, looked capable of coping with the conditions, especially after Shivnarine Chanderpaul had become a notable first victim at this level for Kent's Matt Coles.

Bravo, the half-brother of Dwayne and with a Test average of just under 50 from his 16 matches, is clearly the West Indian to watch when the first Test begins at Lord's next Thursday.

Here he hit nine fours that were executed with such a flourish that even the great Lara himself would have been proud of them.

Coup: Matt Coles celebrates the wicket of Chanderpaul

Coup: Matt Coles celebrates the wicket of Chanderpaul

The pity for West Indies was that Stuart Meaker, the most impressive of the England second string's seam attack, gained his revenge when Bravo repeated the mistake made by Chanderpaul and mistimed a pull after reaching his half-century. The rest then submitted quietly.

This was a day when the depth in England's fast-bowling ranks was again apparent.

Late developer: Jack Brooks

Late developer: Jack Brooks

None of Meaker, Jade Dernbach, Jack Brooks and Coles are likely to feature in Tests this summer but all of them did their chances of reaching the ultimate form of the game no harm.

If Meaker, with his extra pace, is the most likely to play Tests then the best figures of the day belonged to a Wantage Road regular who is making up for lost time.

Jack Brooks, 28, is a late developer from Oxford who has only been in the first-class game for three years but he has impressed sufficiently for Northants to attract interest already from a number of bigger counties and, now, the England selectors.

The long-haired Brooks is the type to stand out and yesterday replaced his trademark maroon headband with a patriotic red and white one before taking three inexpensive wickets.

'I just wasn't very good when I was younger,' said Brooks. 'I'm still a glorified village cricketer at heart but I've had gentle pushes from coaches who told me to believe in my ability.'

His journey may not be over yet. The West Indies attack barely looked any better than the batsmen but Fidel Edwards, who started the innings with three no-balls, recovered with a scuttler that did for Joe Root before rain cut the day short.