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Redknapp's Business Is Footbal Only

posted 8 Mar 2013, 13:34 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 8 Mar 2013, 13:40 ]

Coach Harry Redknapp says Queens Park Rangers financial troubles are not his business and that his job is save the club from relegation.

 LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MARCH 8, 2013) (ITN) -  Coach Harry Redknapp said on Friday (Saturday 8) Queens Park Rangers need to win half of their 10 remaining matches to survive and added that his business was to guarantee the club's Premier League survial.

QPR were boosted by a 2-1 win against Southampton in their last match and faceSunderland

on Saturday (March 9) needing a victory and to avoid poor performances like their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool that still haunts Redknapp.

"Well, I have been optimistic all along, you know, I have never not been optimistic. I still say that.., you know, even when we got beaten by Liverpool, I still think we will stay up," he told reporters.

"So nothing has changed my opinion, I still feel the same way. The players have been bright this week, they have been great in training on the back of thatSouthampton result, so we are ready to go. Tomorrow is a massive game, we must give everything we got tomorrow, three points tomorrow make such a difference," he added.

The West London club are without a win against Sunderland in 11 league games since a 1-0 away triumph at Roker Park in April 1991.

According to the latest financial results published on Thursday (March 7), QPR debts have increased to almost 89 million pounds ($133.99 million) but Redknapp said his job was to look after the team and not the club's financial problems.

"We are not involved in that side of the business. We are not involved, I said a million times. We are not involved in players' wages or, that is done at a different level that where we work. We work here with the team, we work with the team on the pitch, we work on Saturday in the dressing room with the team," he said.

The accounts, which cover the 2011-12 season and do not include the last two transfer windows when QPR invested heavily on new players, show debts rose by almost 33 million pounds.

The results are certain to increase the scrutiny on QPR's financial position with the Londoners having spent more than 20 million pounds reinforcing their squad in January.

With relegation a realistic prospect and only 10 games left, the fans will be concerned the club's existence could be threatened should they return to the Championship (second division) substantially in the red.

QPR is partly owned by Tony Fernandes, a Malaysan entrepreneur who owns Air Asia and the Caterham Formula One team with a 66 per cent stake. The club has also substantial financial backing in the form of the Mittal family, who own 33 percent of the club. Lakshmi Mittal is listed as the 41st richest person in the world by Forbes magazine, with a net worth of $16.5 billion.

Redknapp, who replaced sacked manager Mark Hughes in November, said QPR was in good hands, despite a financial a loss for the financial year of 22.6 million pounds in their first season back in the Premier League.

"They know what they are doing. I have no idea about the financial situation as you say, it was before I came here, them results. So i really don't know Gary (referring to reporter), it is not something that it is the remit of a football manager anymore," Redknapp said.

"(It) is a done at much higher level of what we work. So if the debts are high, the chairman and the board they must understand. They know that and I am sure they are not silly men, they are successful businessmen, they know what they are doing it so I leave it, it is their business."