Zamora dismayed by Redknapp rumours

first_img He was originally signed by Mark Hughes and was at QPR as they underwent a major overhaul of their playing squad, with a number of high-profile players brought in on bumper contracts. The plan failed to project Rangers to new heights and Hughes’ sacking was followed by relegation as Redknapp could not turn the tide having been appointed 12 games into a season where QPR had yet to win a game. Those times are not remembered fondly by anyone associated with the club and Zamora revealed he enjoyed being away from the training ground as the environment became increasingly toxic – something Redknapp has remedied this time around. He said: “There were times when you were wishing that you didn’t have to go to training for a week and you could just turn up for Saturday because when game time comes, everyone is fighting for the same cause. “During the week tempers can flare. We are all desperate to do well – two seasons ago – and on a Saturday everyone knows they have to do their jobs. This season they have been spot-on. “We are in a better position all around, the players, the club everything. There are 31 games to go, there is plenty of time to get out of this. “Everything from two and half years ago to now, the club has come on from. The management, the squad, the facilities are different. “There are only four or five (players) left from that time; there has been a big turnaround. There’s a good togetherness, the lads all get on now. Rio (Ferdinand) has come in and he has been impressed with how the lads are together. “He was at Man United for a long time and he can’t believe the togetherness of the lads and the spirit that’s here.” With Rangers currently bottom of the Barclays Premier League and with a tough run of games approaching, Redknapp’s position is reportedly under threat. But Zamora, whose last-gasp play-off final winner secured a top-flight return for QPR last season, does not see the sense in replacing Redknapp – who he says has built a team with the spirit to survive. Bobby Zamora believes it would be “crazy” if Harry Redknapp lost his job as QPR manager. Having taken just four points from their opening seven league games and with Liverpool visiting Loftus Road on Sunday before matches against Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester City, Redknapp will know he needs to turn things around. QPR owner Tony Fernandes has publicly backed his manager but may start to develop an itchy trigger-finger in the coming weeks if results do not show signs of improving, although Zamora believes such a move would be unwise. “It is crazy,” he said about the growing speculation over his manager’s future. “Harry has a wealth of experience and has seen it all; relegations, promotions, finals – he’s seen it all. It really is crazy with so many games to go. You can win two games and you’re right back up there. “We are all behind him. He brought most of us in. Harry has supported us and wanted us here. Everyone is behind him and now we have just got to do our part on a matchday. “The press are perhaps making more of this and we are all asked the same question. It hasn’t come to the point where it’s panic stations – far from it. It really is so early.” The 33-year-old Zamora has yet to start a league game for the Hoops this season after penning a new contract with the club over the summer. The former West Ham, Tottenham and Fulham striker was keen to extend his stay at Loftus Road and is believed to have taken a 50 per cent pay cut to do so. Press Associationlast_img

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