Redknapp: I won’t let QPR make the same mistakes again

The veteran manager says he will not sign any player who is only interested in money, while he also backed controversial midfielder Joey Barton to become a coach in the future
Harry Redknapp says he will only sign players committed to QPR, not those chasing a paycheck, as he bids to avoid repeating the mistakes that saw the Loftus Road outfit relegated in 2012-13.

Under then boss Mark Hughes, the west London club signed a horde of players on big wages – such as Park Ji-Sung, Jose Bosingwa and Stephane Mbia – who had little impact at the club as they slumped down the table and were eventually relegated.

Redknapp has since returned the club to the Premier League after a dramatic Championship play-off final victory over Derby and insists the club’s recruitment strategy will be different this time.

“We are determined not to make those mistakes again,” said the former Tottenham and West Ham manager.

“I think [chairman] Tony [Fernandes] and the board have learned from that so we have got to make sure this time, as best we can, we make the right decisions and get the right characters in here.

“We don't want people who are going to come here just for the money and not be interested in the club. We want people who genuinely want to come here and play and do well for us.”

One such player Redknapp will be relying on in the upcoming season is Joey Barton, and the QPR boss hailed the often controversial midfielder as a good influence on the squad and backed him to become a manager when he retires from playing.

“I think he's a manager in the making,” continued the 67-year-old coach. “He's got a great knowledge of the game. He is a real student of football.

“He wants to talk about it and he did a great job here last season. He was an inspiration late on. I felt he dragged us through games at times.

“Before I met Joey I didn't know him and like everyone you only know what you read and hear.

“Once you come and work with him and see what a fantastic trainer he is and how good he is on the training ground, I could not have asked for more. I think he will be a big influence this year.”