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India in control of second test with Australia after Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar take three wickets each

India in control as Jadeja and Kumar blow Australia away in Hyderabad

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12:16 GMT, 2 March 2013

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12:16 GMT, 2 March 2013

India are in control of the second Test against Australia, who made 237 for nine declared in Hyderabad.

Part-time spinner Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets, while in his second Test Bhuvneshwar Kumar also took three, with Michael Clarke's 91 keeping the Australian innings together.

The visitors once again turned to their skipper after slumping to 63 for four, with the 31-year-old putting on 145 with Matthew Wade for the fifth wicket.

Three wickets: India's Ravindra Jadeja (left) had Australia in a spin on the first day of the second test in Hyderabad

Three wickets: India's Ravindra Jadeja (left) had Australia in a spin on the first day of the second test in Hyderabad

Second Test, Hyderabad

Australia first innings
237 for 9 declared (85.0 overs)
Clarke 91, Wade 62
B Kumar 3-53, Jadeja 3-33

India first innings
5-0 (3.0 overs)

However after Wade went for 62, the lower order failed to fire as Australia lost their final four wickets for just 29 runs.

And with little chance of numbers 10 and 11 James Pattinson and Xavier Doherty adding to the total Clarke brought them in so his bowlers could take advantage of conditions for the final three overs of the day.

However India were untroubled and finished five without loss.

Australia made two changes from the side which lost the opening match in Chennai with Glenn Maxwell making his Test debut coming in for Mitchell Starc, while Xavier Doherty replaced Nathan Lyon. The home side were unchanged.

After the visitors won the toss, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled David Warner (six) with a delivery which cut back into the left-hander, then trapped Ed Cowan (four) lbw with a ball which may have pitched outside leg stump.

That left Australia 15 for two, with Phil Hughes and Shane Watson at the crease.

The
pair effected a mini-recovery, with the left-hander playing some
eye-catching late drives off the back foot, but Watson (23) then fell
lbw attempting to pull a ball which kept a little low with the score on
57.

Hughes (19) followed,
caught behind at the second attempt by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off the
bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin, before Wade and Clarke began the
Australian recovery.

Clarke looked comfortable at the crease, with a well-placed clip for four between two fielders indicative of his current form.

Wade
was less fluid, but equally determined, digging in at one end while his
skipper totted up the runs at the other as they moved Australia to 129
for four midway through the afternoon session.

Important innings: A 91 from captain Michael Clarke saved Australia from a humiliating total

Important innings: A 91 from captain Michael Clarke saved Australia from a humiliating total

Wade's confidence grew and when new bowler Jadeja came on to bowl, the wicketkeeper had no problem in hitting him back over his head for four.

After facing 95 balls, Clarke brought up his 26th Test half century with a single in the 48th over, edging his side closer towards 150.

On 52 India missed their best opportunity to dismiss Clarke as the skipper inside edged on his pad with the ball dropping to a diving Cheteshwar Pujara who got his fingers under the ball, but could not hang on.

Wade reached his half-century in the 55th over as Australia batted themselves back into the game.

Australia started the third session much as they ended the second, as the duo moved the score past 200 in the 65th over.

They could add just eight however before the hosts made a much-needed breakthrough. Wade cut one which was possibly too close to his body and was caught by Kumar at point for a 116-ball 62.

A sixth wicket did fall when Jadeja got one to turn away from Moises Henriques, who, playing to leg, missed the ball completely as it clipped the top of the stumps.

At 217 for six and with debutant Maxwell at the crease, the pressure once again was on Clarke.

He continued to bat sensibly, but his partner at the other end would make just 13 before he edged to Dhoni behind the stumps.

Peter Siddle was then soon walking back to the pavilion as he was caught on the crease by a low one from Harbhajan Singh for a 14-ball duck, leaving the visitors 236 for eight.

Clarke finally departed looking to up the rate with the tail, swinging across the line to Jadeja whose delivery kept low and hit the stumps.

India had little to worry about for the final three overs, with a Virender Sehwag boundary through gully off Siddle the highlight.

Manchester United 4 Fulham 1 – match report: Javier Hernandez scores twice

Man United 4 Fulham 1: Merciless Reds put on dazzling display to send Cottagers out

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19:22 GMT, 26 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:31 GMT, 26 January 2013

Manchester United marched into the fifth round of the FA Cup after battering Fulham at Old Trafford.

Ryan Giggs scored from the spot after an Aaron Hughes handball early in the game before Wayne Rooney and two goals from Javier Hernandez put the tie beyond doubt.

Hughes clawed back a consolation for the Cottagers, but the result never looked in doubt.

Cruising: Javier Hernandez (right) is congratulated by Wayne Rooney (left) after scoring Manchester United's fourth

Cruising: Javier Hernandez (right) is congratulated by Wayne Rooney (left) after scoring Manchester United's fourth

Game over: Hernandez scored Manchester United's third to put the result beyond doubt

Game over: Hernandez scored Manchester United's third to put the result beyond doubt

Doubled: Rooney scored Manchester United's second of the evening after half-time

Doubled: Rooney scored Manchester United's second of the evening after half-time

On the spot: Ryan Giggs opened the scoring for United from the spot

On the spot: Ryan Giggs opened the scoring for United from the spot

MATCH FACTS

Man United: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Jones, Smalling, Anderson (Kagawa 71), Giggs (Valencia 71), Carrick (Scholes 61), Nani, Rooney, Hernandez

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Welbeck, Van Persie

Goals: Giggs 3, Rooney 50, Hernandez 53, 66

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riise, Hangeland, Baird (Karagounis 46), Hughes, Riether, Sidwell, Duff (Rodallega 61), Kacaniklic, Berbatov, Ruiz (Dejagah 70)

Subs not used: Etheridge, Senderos, Briggs, Petric

Goal: Hughes 77

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

More to follow…

Incriminating: Aaron Hughes gave away the penalty after handling the ball in the box

Incriminating: Aaron Hughes gave away the penalty after handling the ball in the box

Battle: Alex Kacaniklic (right) and Rafael compete for possession

Battle: Alex Kacaniklic (right) and Rafael compete for possession

Close: Rooney looks to the skies after seeing the ball go wide

Close: Rooney looks to the skies after seeing the ball go wide

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Welcome back: Dimitar Berbatov (left) and Chris Smalling (right) battle for possession

Welcome back: Dimitar Berbatov (left) and Chris Smalling (right) battle for possession

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Powerless: Martin Jol watched his Fulham side succumb to a routine defeat

Powerless: Martin Jol watched his Fulham side succumb to a routine defeat

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On the sidelines: Robin van Persie

On the sidelines:A fan shows her support for United

On the sidelines: Robin van Persie as a fan watches United with a green and gold scarf

League Two review: Hughes scores on debut as Port Vale come out on top

League Two round-up: Hughes scores on debut as Port Vale come out on top

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19:06 GMT, 12 January 2013

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20:03 GMT, 12 January 2013

Port Vale moved above opponents
Gillingham to the summit of npower League Two with a 2-1 win in the
top-of-the-table clash at Priestfield.

All three goals came in the first 21
minutes, with Tom Pope and Lee Hughes putting the visitors 2-0 ahead
before Danny Kedwell (21) pulled one back.

Hot shot: Port Vale's Lee Hughes (right) celebrates after scoring his side's second goal

Hot shot: Port Vale's Lee Hughes (right) celebrates after scoring his side's second goal

Exeter moved up to third with a 3-0 win at home to Southend, with John O'Flynn scoring either side of Scot Bennett's effort.

Rotherham are down to fourth after a surprise 2-0 home loss at the hands of Barnet, who scored through Jake Hyde and substitute Andrew Yiadom, while Cheltenham slip to fifth after being held 1-1 at home to York.

Shaun Harrad (67) put Cheltenham in front, but Jason Walker equalised six minutes from time.

Burton Albion are up to sixth courtesy of a 2-1 win over Torquay, who had taken the lead through Ryan Jarvis just before the interval. Calvin Zola (59) and Matthew Paterson (84) turned things around for the home side.

Bottom side Bristol Rovers enjoyed only their second away win of the season, hammering Fleetwood Town 3-0 thanks to goals from Danny Woodards, Eliot Richards and John-Joe O'Toole.

They are now just one point behind AFC Wimbledon, who were held 2-2 at home by Wycombe.

Paul McCallum scored twice after Jo Kuffour had given Wycombe an early lead, but the visitors claimed a point through substitute Matt McClure 18 minutes from time.

Plymouth moved above AFC Wimbledon thanks to a 2-1 home win over Morecambe, who could only manage an 80th-minute consolation from Ryan Williams after Conor Hourihane (10) and Paris Cowan-Hall (16) had put the Pilgrims in charge.

Elsewhere, Troy Brown and Daniel Lopez gave Aldershot a 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley, while Chesterfield eased past Northampton 3-0 thanks to a goal from James O'Shea and a Marc Richards double inside the first 25 minutes.

Peter Leven scored a 90th-minute penalty winner for Oxford at Bradford, who had seen Nahki Wells' early opener cancelled out by Sean Rigg (18).

And there was also a last-minute winner at Dagenham and Redbridge, where Medy Elito grabbed the winner for the home side in a 2-1 success over Rochdale. Andrew Tutte opened the scoring for the visitors on 72 minutes, but Abu Ogogo equalised just three minutes later.

DJ Campbell to return to QPR

Harry hoping DJ can put QPR in a spin with striker set to return from Ipswich

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12:23 GMT, 31 December 2012

Harry Redknapp is hoping that DJ Campbell can help fire QPR to safety when he returns from a three-month loan spell at Ipswich this week.

Campbell’s Hoops career appeared to be over under Mark Hughes as he was frozen out the first-team squad and then sent to Portman Road on a temporary basis in October.

In a spin: DJ Campbell is heading back to Loftus Road in January after shining on loan at Ipswich

In a spin: DJ Campbell is heading back to Loftus Road in January after shining on loan at Ipswich

But a run of 10 goals in 16 games for Mick McCarthy’s Championship strugglers has seen the 31-year-old catch the eye and he will be thrust back into Rangers’ Premier League squad on his return to Loftus Road.

With both Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson out with long-term injuries Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie are the only fit strikers currently available to Redknapp.

The former Spurs boss is expected to bring in a frontman to bolster QPR’s survival bid once the transfer window opens but Campbell’s services will still be required as Rangers look to haul themselves to safety.

Welcome him back with open arms: QPR boss Harry Redknapp needs to bolster his attacking options

Welcome him back with open arms: QPR boss Harry Redknapp needs to bolster his attacking options

QPR 0 Liverpool 3 – Match report

QPR 0 Liverpool 3: Suarez's double leaves Redknapp and Rangers rooted to the bottom of the table

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21:41 GMT, 30 December 2012

When Daniel Agger scored Liverpool’s third, one fan stood up, ripped off his QPR-branded hat and coat, hurled them down towards the pitch from the top tier of the South Africa Road Stand and, with a theatrical flourish, flounced off.

There was an hour to play but Harry Redknapp could be forgiven if he felt the same way as he fumed on the touchline.

It was Brendan Rodgers who had called in sick, struck down eight hours before kick-off by a virus tearing through the Liverpool camp but it is Redknapp who will wake feeling groggy this morning and QPR who are staring down the pan.

Lift off: Luis Suarez fired Liverpool into the lead in the first half

Lift off: Luis Suarez fired Liverpool into the lead in the first half

Match facts:

QPR: Julio Cesar, Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Traore, Mackie, Diakite (Granero 63), Mbia, Wright-Phillips (Da Silva 80), Taarabt, Cisse (Derry 46).

Subs Not Used: Green, Ferdinand, Hoilett, Faurlin.

Booked: Mbia, Da Silva.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique (Fernandez Saez 71), Allen (Carragher 87), Henderson (Lucas 64), Downing, Gerrard, Sterling, Suarez.

Subs Not Used: Gulacsi, Assaidi, Coates, Shelvey.

Booked: Lucas.

Goals: Suarez 10, 16,Agger 28.

Attendance: 18,304

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Agger’s goal, preceded by two from the
outstanding Luis Suarez, has left them anchored to the foot of the
Barclays Premier League, eight points from safety.

The six-point ‘bounce’ they enjoyed by
sacking Mark Hughes last month has been followed by three defeats. This
display was branded ‘woeful’ by owner Tony Fernandes within minutes of
the final whistle. The forecast is bleak.

Only three times in 20 years of the
Premier League have a team survived after being bottom at the turn of
the year. January brings Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City,
starting at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, and the manager demanded fight
from a squad he fears is fat with overpaid and disinterested players.

‘I still think we’ll stay up,’ said
Redknapp. ‘You’ll think I’m mad but I think we will. I only want
positive players around me. I said that in the dressing room after the
match. Those who are moping around, the subs who are not playing,
they’re not playing because they’re no good. If they were any good, I’d
be picking them.

‘I don’t need miserable faces. I don’t
need them around me. I need people who are upbeat. The next two games,
Chelsea away and Tottenham at home, two of the best teams in the
country. Difficult games but we’ve got to keep going and I still think
we’ll do it.’

Back of the net: Suarez beats Julio Cesar to score for Liverpool

Back of the net: Suarez beats Julio Cesar to score for Liverpool

Not if the first half-hour yesterday
is anything to go by, they won’t. Torn to shreds by a team in mid-table
with unimpressive away form and coaches who did not dare enter the
dressing room for fear of spreading the bug which had wiped out Rodgers,
fitness coach Glen Driscoll and reserve goalkeeper Brad Jones.

Rodgers picked the team, planned the
tactics and returned to Merseyside. His assistant Colin Pascoe was also
poorly and advised by medical staff to keep away from the players, even
though he felt well enough to be on the touchline.

‘The medical team and doctors tried to
isolate the players and staff,’ said Pascoe. ‘Hopefully they’ll have
nipped it in the bud but, unfortunately, Brendan woke up and felt
unwell. He might have watched it but he was that bad I’m sure he was in
bed.’ If he was watching, his spirits will have been lifted by Suarez,
who almost struck in the third minute, skipping past Clint Hill with
ease but foiled by Julio Cesar, preferred in goal to Robert Green.

Free scoring: Suarez celebrates scoring his second

Free scoring: Suarez celebrates scoring his second

Rangers captain Hill had spoken ahead
of the game about the attitude of some of the big-money signings made
since the club were promoted but he may regret sticking his head above
the parapet on the day Suarez came to Loftus Road.

The Uruguayan opened the scoring in
the 10th minute. He wriggled clear of Hill, turned and ran, dropped a
shoulder and darted inside. He was simply too quick for the centre half
and applied a calm finish with his right foot.

Five minutes later, he made it 2-0. He
beat Hill in the air and took the return pass from Stewart Downing,
dribbled in from the right and aimed a low cross towards Raheem
Sterling. It was smothered by Nedum Onuoha but spilled out to Suarez,
who whipped it past Cesar from a tight angle.

In March, Rangers came back from two
down to beat Liverpool and launch their survival push but a repeat was
not likely. Liverpool, inspired, poured forward. The home team were in
disarray, happy to cling on until half-time.

Head boy: Daniel Agger makes it 3-0 with a header before the break

Head boy: Daniel Agger makes it 3-0 with a header before the break

Joy and despair: The Liverpool players celebrate Agger's goal as the QPR players look dejected

Joy and despair: The Liverpool players celebrate Agger's goal as the QPR players look dejected

‘Did you think we were going to win
4-3’ asked Redknapp. ‘No, nor did I. You have to be realistic in
football. Do you want to get beat 8-0 or damage limitation So I changed
how we played and shut up shop. Maybe I should’ve done that from the
start.’

Redknapp sent on Shaun Derry and
switched to three central defenders. Here is the crux of the problem,
simplified: the quality players at Rangers don’t have the guts and the
gutsy ones are a fraction short of the quality needed.

Getting there first: Glen Johnson tackles Armand Traore

Getting there first: Glen Johnson tackles Armand Traore

At times it was cringeworthy, such as
when Adel Taarabt tried to pull a corner towards Shaun Wright- Phillips
on the edge of the penalty area. Somehow, Wright-Phillips allowed it to
squeeze between his legs and the visitors set off on a dangerous
counter-attack.

Liverpool eased the pressure and
coasted through the second half, although they could have scored more.
Cesar had to produce a flying save to deny Suarez a hat-trick.

Up for the fight: Adel Taarabt has his shot blocked by Joe Allen

Up for the fight: Adel Taarabt has his shot blocked by Joe Allen

‘Saying it was easy would be very
disrespectful to QPR, they are having a tough time at the moment,’ said
Steven Gerrard. ‘It was probably the best we played this season, in the
first half.’

The win eased Liverpool up to ninth and the only problem, apart from the virus, was a hamstring injury to Jose Enrique.

QPR dream of problems like that.

Tough task: Harry Redknapp has seen QPR lose their last three games

Tough task: Harry Redknapp has seen QPR lose their last three games

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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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.’

QPR won"t sell players in January, says Harry Redknapp

Sell in January I can't afford to! QPR need all help they can get, says Harry

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15:31 GMT, 28 December 2012

Harry Redknapp admits he can’t afford to offload any players in the January transfer window because QPR need all the help they can get.

QPR are rock bottom of the table and six points from safety after losing to West Brom on Boxing Day. Despite former manager Mark Hughes signing 12 new players in the summer, Redknapp is expected to bring in several new faces before the end of the window next month.

But the ex-Spurs boss denied that Sunday’s clash with Liverpool for some of his existing squad to prove themselves.

Not for sale: QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists he can't afford to sell any of his players during the January transfer windowNot for sale: QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists he can't afford to sell any of his players during the January transfer window

Not for sale: QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists he can't afford to sell any of his players during the January transfer window

‘I won’t be looking to get rid of anybody,’ said Redknapp.

‘On the bench the other day had a young kid there so we are certainly not overloaded. We’ve got some long term injuries, so I can’t be suddenly getting people out of here without getting some in. I’m not looking to shift people out quickly until I can get people in.’

He added: ‘I would not bring people in if I didn’t think they could do a job for us. There’s no point bringing players in for the sake of it. I have got to get people in the right positions who I think can help it. If I can’t I may as well sit tight.’

After a decent start that saw QPR pick up their first win of the season at home to Fulham after two draws, Redknapp’s side have now slumped to successive defeats. And after taking over at Portsmouth, Southampton and Spurs in similar positions, the 65-year-old believes saving the west Londoners from the drop is a much tougher proposition.

Rock bottom: QPR face a fight for survival in the Premier League

Rock bottom: QPR face a fight for survival in the Premier League

‘I didn’t expect it to happen quickly – you are talking about two different football clubs,' he said.

‘How Spurs were in that position in first place I will never know, but there was only eight games gone, and they had a fantastic squad. It’s different here, we had gone 13 games without a win, it was always going to be harder. No one has got a magic wand, I don’t care who you are, I have said it a million times in the past – you go to clubs and you change players around.

‘I knew it was going to be difficult. And it’s been no more difficult than I expected,’ Redknapp added.

‘But we are still in there, the transfer window is coming, if we can get one or two in, we give ourselves a chance still. That is where I am.’

Sacking Henning Berg makes sense for Blackburn with relegation now a prospect

Chris Wheeler: Bonkers Blackburn for once display some sign of sense in sacking Berg

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12:27 GMT, 27 December 2012

From the sock to the sack.

When Henning Berg stomped out of Blackburn’s Christmas party last week after he was made to wear a stocking on his head and do a little dance, many people thought the madness at Ewood Park could not get any worse.

Never in the history of English football has one club appeared to be so utterly bonkers for so long.

Blackburn have slid sharply down the Championship table ever since Berg took the reins at the club

Singled-out: Blackburn have slid sharply down the Championship table since Berg took the reins at the club

From the arrival of Indian chicken farmers Venky’s and the snap decision to sack Sam Allardyce three years ago, to the fiasco of Steve Kean’s time in charge and now Berg’s ill-fated 10-game reign, this has been one long-running pantomime.

The bottom line is, however, that this morning’s decision to axe Berg and his coaching staff represented a rare outbreak of sanity.

Having been fiercely criticised for sticking with Kean for so long, Venky’s came to the conclusion that his replacement simply wasn’t working out.

On the day of his appointment it was announced that the 43-year-old Norwegian would be sacked if he failed to win promotion back to the Premier League.

After just one win in 10 games, and five defeats in six, he was sent packing with Rovers 17th in the Championship table. It was the logical outcome.

He had already been told to get rid of his backroom staff earlier this month. And then last week, Blackburn chief Shebby Singh revealed that they were looking at another candidate – probably former Blackburn boss Mark Hughes – who had not been available at the time of Berg’s appointment.

It wasn’t as if there were no warning signs, even before the Christmas party debacle.

After resisting calls to sack Steve Kean for most of last season the Venky's were less than loyal to Berg

Two months and gone: After resisting calls to sack Steve Kean for most of last season the Venky's were less than loyal to Berg

In fact, Berg would never have got the job in the first place had Blackburn been successful in their pursuit of several other candidates.

Tim Sherwood was the first choice, followed by Billy McKinlay. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was interested but not until next summer.

With the boardroom split over a move for Blackpool’s Ian Holloway, Berg got the final vote. He was always a somewhat awkward compromise.

He is a decent man and a Premier League title winner with Blackburn to boot. But his coaching record with Lyn Oslo and Lillestrom was not what you would call dazzling.

The team he inherited had taken Rovers to the top of the
table early this season and were third when Kean quit at the end of September,
so there is clearly potential.

We will never know how it would have worked out over time, but relegation – not promotion – was becoming the club’s main concern.

Seven years at the club as a player had no bearing as his team won just one match in his ten in charge

Henning Berg scores the first goal for Blackburn in their 4-1 win against Sheffiled Wednesday 1996/1997

Seven years at the club as a player had no bearing as his team won just one match in his ten in charge

No owners have gambled more heavily on going up than Venky’s. Jordan Rhodes, bought from Huddersfield for 8million in the summer, was one of a raft of signings designed to get Blackburn back in the top-flight.

Their team is the highest-paid in the division and it’s understood that dwindling home gates – up to 4,000 down on last season – do not even pay the week’s wages for one of their top players.

The consequences of failure would be catastrophic, and that is what drove discussions as Mrs Anuradha Desai and her brothers watched yesterday’s defeat at Middlesbrough on television in Pune and sealed Berg’s fate.

For all the insanity that has epitomised their tenure, it would have been madness to keep him.

Harry Redknapp launches attack on QPR players

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

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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.

Harry Redknapp plans QPR shake-up as Mike Rigg leaves

Redknapp hopes to add Ferdinand to backroom staff as Rigg leaves QPR

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10:44 GMT, 21 December 2012

Harry Redknapp is stepping-up a shake-up of his backroom team after technical director Mike Rigg was on the brink of leaving the club yesterday.

Rigg arrived at Queens Park Rangers shortly after Mark Hughes' appointment as manager in January, but he is set to be the latest member of the sacked Welshman's staff to depart Loftus Road.

Shake up: QPR boss Harry Redknapp is planning to change his back-room staff

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is planning to change his back-room staff

And Redknapp, who replaced Hughes in November, will now look to install trusted aide Ian Broomfield as his new chief scout.

The 65-year-old is also closing in on former QPR striker Les Ferdinand, who he wants to join his coaching team.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed Redknapp's interest in both Ferdinand and Broomfield.

Redknapp (right) with trusted assisstant Kevin Bond, is looking to add les Ferdinand and Ian Broomfield to his staff

Redknapp (right) with trusted assisstant Kevin Bond, who has been with Redknapp at several clubs, is looking to add ex-QPR striker Les Ferdinand and Ian Broomfield to his staff