Harry Redknapp resigns from Queens Park Rangers to undergo knee operation
Harry Redknapp has quit Queens Park Rangers effective immediately after the board accepted his resignation. The 67-year-old has left the Loftus Road for a knee replacement surgery, which will stop him from doing his job.
Head of football operations Les Ferdinand and academy coach Chris Ramsey have been placed in temporary charge of the team until further notice.
"Sadly, I need immediate surgery on my knee, If I can't give 100%, I feel it's better for someone else to take over the reins.", Redknapp said. “It means I won’t be able to be out on the training pitch every day, and if I can’t give 100 per-cent I feel it’s better for someone else to take over the reins.”
He added, “I would like to thank the board, the players and all my staff, and especially the supporters who have been absolutely fantastic to me since I arrived at the club for their tremendous support.”
“My relationship with Tony Fernandes has been one of the highlights of my footballing career and I wish the club every success. I am confident they will survive in the Premier League this year.”
QPR Board accepts Redknapp resignation
Redknapp has informed the club’s chairman Tony Fernandes of his decision on Tuesday, with QPR's board accepting his resignation. Speaking on behalf of the Board, the QPR Chairman released an official statement,
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Harry for everything he has done for QPR during his time in charge. We part on good terms and I would personally like to wish him all the best for the future.”
QPR are currently placed in the relegation zone with 19 points from 23 games, and after Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Stoke City meant the west London side were the first team to lose their first 11 away games of a top-flight season since Liverpool in 1953/54.