'I don't know' if QPR are in danger of repeating Portsmouth mistakes - Redknapp

The Rs boss is still hopeful that the bottom side can avoid relegation from the Premier League and escape the same fate that befell his former club, now suffering in League One
Harry Redknapp is adamant that his QPR side can steer clear of relegation and avoid suffering the same fate that befell former side Portsmouth.

Since the Rs' boss's exit from Fratton Park in 2008, Pompey have gone into administration twice and now face relegation into League Two as the fallout continues.

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But, despite the latest figures from Loftus Road showing that QPR are around £90 million in debt with huge spending in the January transfer window, Redknapp is confident that his new team will not be in the same predicament.

"If the [financial] results aren’t good, that was before I came to the club. I hope it's not the same here but I don't know the situation of the owners no more than I knew the situation of the owners at Portsmouth, who was a young Russian guy who was a friend of Roman Abramovich," Redknapp told the media.

"When they buy the football club you don't know whether he is richer than Abramovich, so when they want to spend money on the team, what do you do?

"You don't say: 'I'm sorry, you can't spend that money because I don't know if you've got it or not'.

"I don't ask the chairman to spend his money. If he wants to bring a player in then so be it. As a football manager, I can't make someone spend money."

After beating Southampton 2-1 for only their third Premier League win of the season, Redknapp is focusing on Saturday's visit of Sunderland to Loftus Road as an opportunity to push even harder to stay up.

"You might still get relegated with 37 points. I'm not saying you won't but, from where we're sitting, I would take 37 now"
- Harry Redknapp

"I don't know why it is so hard to get back-to-back wins but it is about time we did it," he added. "Six points out of these two games would be massive for us, so we've got to have a real go.

"If we can get that win, it would put us right in amongst the pack again. It would put us right in there with a real chance.

"For sure, from where we started here, it would be the greatest escape. It's just a long way to go and we really are taking it week to week.

“You might still get relegated with 37 [points]. I'm not saying you won't but, from where we're sitting, I would take 37 now."