16 October 2014 12:42
Rio Ferdinand thinks QPR would be “crazy” to sack Harry Redknapp and insists the experienced manager is up for a relegation dogfight.
The Loftus Road club are bottom of the Premier League on goal difference after seven games, despite a flurry of big-money signings to bolster a squad that had already had plenty of seasoned campaigners.
Tony Pulis and Tim Sherwood have both been mooted as potential successors should senior QPR officials decide to end Redknapp’s tenure, which will be two years next month, but defender Ferdinand – himself one of the high-profile close-season recruits – hopes the 67-year-old stays on.
“We are not even in double figures for the amount of games played yet. To push the panic button now would be crazy in my eyes,” the former Manchester United star told the London Evening Standard.
“Harry still comes across to me as a fighter and a man with a lot of fight left in him.
“He wants to get the club out of this situation we’re in.
“It’s not for the lack of trying.
“No one wants to see their manager get sacked.
“It was not nice to see it happen to David Moyes at Manchester United last season and I wouldn’t want to see it here.
“It’s down to us as players, as well as the coaching staff, to start turning results around.”
Following Ferdinand’s rallying call to his team-mates, QPR play host to Liverpool on Sunday.