Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'If the Players Don't Put the Effort in, I'll Find 11 Who Do'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'If the Players Don't Put the Effort in, I'll Find 11 Who Do'

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent

SHORTLY before Harry Redknapp began his second day's work as Queens Park Rangers manager, the club's owner was tweeting the latest information about the airline franchise of which he is chief executive.

Flying might be one of Tony Fernandes's principal business interests but, at the moment, his football club cannot get off the ground. Only four points from 13 games leaves Rangers facing a serious threat of relegation and Redknapp knows how difficult it will be to give them wings.

One of Redknapp's greatest strengths as a manager is his ability to cut through the waffle to find the simple answer and it has taken him little time to decide what he needs from his players -- hard work.

Twenty-nine years in management have taught Redknapp that little can be achieved without application. In his first appearance before the media since taking the post at Loftus Road, the 65-year-old left his new players in no doubt that a lack of solid labour would not be tolerated.

"We have to work hard, full on, everyone for each other," said Redknapp.

"If people aren't willing to work hard, they have no part to play. If they lose the ball, they should chase it, work, run about.

"That's what you learned in the playground.

If they want to survive, they have to put the effort in. If they don't, I'll find another 11 who do. I've got no time for people who lose the ball and throw their arms in the air or put their hands on their hips.

"The ability is there but I've got to make them work. If we do, we're okay. We'll survive. People can kid you and come out with all the jargon but there is no magic formula. It's about working hard with and without the ball.

"I watched Barcelona beat Levante 4-0 last night and watching it, you'd have thought they had 28 men. …

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