Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Need Wins or Signings Will Be Pointless, Insists Harry; Boss Fears Transfer Window Will Come Too Late for QPR Unless They Close Gap on Rivals

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Need Wins or Signings Will Be Pointless, Insists Harry; Boss Fears Transfer Window Will Come Too Late for QPR Unless They Close Gap on Rivals

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

HARRY REDKNAPP believes the next month will determine whether Queens Park Rangers have a chance of staying in the Premier League and not any potential transfer activity in the new year.

QPR take on relegation rivals Aston Villa at Loftus Road tomorrow having failed to win any of their first 14 League games and eight points adrift of safety.

Redknapp has already been linked with a number of players ahead of the window opening in January, including Darren Bent, Loic Remy and Joe Cole.

But the 65-year-old, who replaced Mark Hughes as manager last weekend, insists the next few weeks will prove decisive to their future.

Redknapp said: "I'm not even looking at January at the moment, it's now. There are games between now and the transfer window that really will decide where we're going.

"If we don't pick up some points and wins in that period then what's the point in putting yourself in trouble by bringing in five players and getting yourself lumbered with a big wage bill for next year again? "It's not the situation [we want]. We need to pick points up and then we can see where we are in January. I haven't discussed players with anyone, not the chairman [Tony Fernandes] or the chief executive Phil [Beard]. What happens in January is way off.

"Everybody starts here with a clean sheet and everyone is equal. Until they prove otherwise one way or the other they're part of the squad."

QPR drew their opening game under Redknapp at Sunderland on Tuesday but he will be introduced to the home fans for the first time tomorrow.

The former Tottenham manager, who remains confident the team can get out of trouble, has urged the supporters to focus all their energy on cheering the team to victory.

He added: "The atmosphere is going to be important. It's not about me, it's about picking up three points and getting closer to the pack so we can move off the bottom.

"If the fans can cheer every challenge and push us on, we will respond and hopefully get the three points we need. …

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