Redknapp: QPR can still go up

  • Last Updated: February 24 2014, 11:22 GMT

Harry Redknapp maintains QPR can still secure automatic promotion from the Sky Bet Championship as they look to overcome "the first little blip" of their season.

Harry Redknapp: Keeping his cool
Harry Redknapp: Keeping his cool

QPR have slipped out of the top two following a winless run of four matches, losing 1-0 at Charlton to a stoppage-time goal on Saturday.

That poor run of form - now seven points behind Burnley, on whom they hold a match in hand - has led to reports chairman Tony Fernandez is considering replacing Redknapp at the helm and has lined up former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup as a replacement.

However, Redknapp, who succeeded Mark Hughes in November 2012, but could not keep QPR in the top flight last season, feels there needs to be a sense of perspective at Loftus Road.

"This is the first little blip we have had all season probably and it can happen. We have got four or five of our better players missing at the moment, and that is how it has gone," Redknapp told TalkSPORT.

"(But) it is all to play for.

"If we end up in the play-offs, then I still fancy us, that is how it goes.

"We had a massive turnaround, with 18 players left (in the summer), a lot of good players who left because they were earning too much money and they had to go.

"We have put a new team together and if you had said at the start of the year we would make the play-offs, I think we would have been quite happy.

"When you are up there first or second as we were, then you get disappointed when you (suddenly) lose a few games and start looking at the play-offs.

"We can still make automatic (promotion), it is not impossible."

Asked by co-presenter Neil Warnock - who was axed by QPR in January 2012 after taking them up as Championship winners the previous season - if everyone behind the scenes at the west London club appreciated how difficult the Championship was, Redknapp said: "I don't know, I would not bet on it.

"You look at Notts Forest, they are a good side. The teams which came down who finished in front of us (in the Premier League last season), Reading and Wigan, they are strong and are going to be bang there.

"It is very tight and a tough division, so you have got no divine right (to promotion).

"We won three on the spin, now we have suddenly had a little blip and lost three out of four, but we have got to bounce back this weekend (against Leeds)."


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