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Harry Redknapp has told QPR’s Tony Fernandes-led board they need to be faster to complete transfer deals if the club are to have a chance of staying in the Premier League.
Manager Redknapp has become increasingly frustrated at Rangers’ failure to tie-up the signings of a number of his targets.
They included Joe Cole, who was keen
to move to Loftus Road from Liverpool before being handed a chance to
return to West Ham, where he started his career under Redknapp.
The former England star scored the Hammers’ equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against the R’s at Upton Park.
And Redknapp said: “I think we could have got Joe. I would have had Joe about two weeks before West Ham got him.
“I just felt we took a long while to
get it sorted. I was talking to Joe’s people three weeks before West Ham
even came on the scene.
“I could have got Joe and I wanted to. It just dragged on and I was disappointed not to get him.
“I just think with deals sometimes you
have to get them done quickly. Once other people get alerted to players
being available you can lose them.”
Redknapp says the club are still trying to seal the signing of Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila.
Terms have been agreed for the France international’s move and Rangers remain confident the deal will soon be rubber-stamped.
“We’re still working on it,” he confirmed.
Redknapp shrugged off suggestions that Everton, Tottenham and Russian outfit Rubin Kazan are looking to sign M’Vila.
But he warned: “You need to get deals
done. The longer it goes on the more people get involved and people see
his name in the papers.” West London Sport
Dave McIntyre/West London Sport Harry: Spirit won’t be enough to save QPR
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The Hammers completely dominated the game at a freezing cold Boleyn Ground, but were unable to break through the ice that was the massed ranks of the QPR defence.
The Hoops were outplayed in all departments, but were able to snatch a 1-1 draw by virtue of taking a shock 14th-minute lead through new signing Loic Remy, who beat the offside trap before sliding his low shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen.
From then on, a few counter-attacks aside, it was all West Ham. Big Sam's side launched 46 crosses into the QPR penalty area and unleashed 22 shots, many of which were saved by inspired goalkeeper Julio Cesar or blocked by his defenders.
West Ham finally found a way through the Rangers rearguard on 68 minutes, when yet another Matt Jarvis cross was headed on goal by substitute Carlton Cole. Cesar parried and Joe Cole tapped in the rebound - to the immense relief of the vast majority of the shivering capacity crowd.
Afterwards, Big Sam told West Ham TV he could not believe his side had not collected all three points.
"It's not just the stats, but if you had watched the game with the naked eye, whether you are a West Ham fan, a manager or a coach, you would have watched the game and said 'Wow! What a performance and what a complete domination of the opposition'. But unfortunately, however brilliant your stats are against the opposition's stats, the bottom line stat reads 'West Ham 1 QPR 1' and that's the most important one.
"In the end, I am as frustrated as anybody else that we didn't record a very comfortable victory. Because it hasn't brough that comfortable victory, it's a big disappointment for us all and we're all massively frustrated and, may I say, none more so than the players. You hear all this stuff about players getting this or that much money and it not meaning that much to them, but it's the biggest load of rubbish.
"Over the last five or six years, I have seen players give their all week in and week out. If they are not quite up to the level you are playing at, then that's fine. It's not about the fact they don't try because they do. They are dejected like everybody else.
"We just have to take the massive positives out of this game, which is over-running a team and the only thing we didn't over-run them by was a victory that should have, in my assessment, about 4-1. We had ten shots on target, ten or more off-target and 46 crosses - it just never stopped - but only one goal, which I have to say isn't good enough. We must be as dominant as that but we must come off with a victory at the end of it and not come off disappointed like we have against QPR."
Big Sam was also disappointed by the nature of Remy's goal, with the France international being allowed to spring the offside trap to race in on goal and finish with relative ease.
"I am disappointed because I coached it in the week and I spoke to the players about it on Friday. I warned them on Saturday when we knew Remy would play his first game up front. I said there would long times when we're attacking the opposition so you can't get caught watching the ball instead of where your man is, because when they break with someone like Taarabt who can play a good ball, we just blew it.
"Winston Reid and James Tomkins just did exactly what I told them not to do - switched off, got caught watching the ball and got too tight to Remy and tried to play an offside that was never going to work. In the end, the lad tucked it away well and left us one behind."
The manager was, however, happier with his players' reaction in continuing to take the game to the visitors, despite that early setback.
"We knew we didn't deserve it but it happens and we knew we had to fight back from that. Particularly in the second half, from a footbal point of view, there couldn't have been any more action in the box. Sadly, ultimately we should have put the ball in the net more often than we did."
When West Ham did score, it was no surprise that it was the impressive Joe Cole who was the man to get his name on the sheet, but it was just a shame neither he nor his colleagues could fashion a late winner.
"In the end, we got the goal and I thought we had plenty of time to go on and win it, but unfortunately we didn't get the winner. I have to say there was a huge element of bad luck in what happened to us in that the ball didn't bounce for us or it has beaten the defender and hit the defender when he didn't know much about it.
"There was one stage when we had four or five shots at once and they didn't go in. We could have still been doing that at 7pm and not scored again.
"At the end, we got a point. Alright, it's not what we deserved but we've just got to move on and keep positive and try to keep recreating those performances, especially at Upton Park."
One player who also impressed was full debutant Marouane Chamakh, who linked the play well and might have won a penalty and scored with two powerful downward headers on another day. When Chamakh tired, Carlton Cole replaced him and played a massive part in his namesake's equaliser.
"He has played well and linked the play and he grew into the game. He has got a huge lack of match practice so he fatigued. So we brought on Coley and he has helped us come from behind to get on level terms with a really dangerous header that Cesar has pushed to Joe, who's tapped it in.
"I thought that was going to trigger us to go on and get the victory but it didn't. Apart from poor finishing, everyone played an excellent game." West Ham
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Joe Cole scored his first West Ham United goal for 10 years to spoil his former manager Harry Redknapp's return to Upton Park, after Loic Remy scored on his Queens Park Rangers debut.
Cole, who came through the Hammers youth ranks a decade ago under Redknapp struck a 68th minute equaliser to salvage a point after Remy had opened the scoring just two days after being signed from Marseille.
It was Cole's first goal since joining West Ham from Liverpool, having spent most of his career at Chelsea.
Yet for much of the game it looked like Remy was going to be the match winner. Remy was caught offside three times in the opening ten minutes as he took time to adjust to the pace of the game, but the Frenchman showed he is a quick learner as made the all-important breakthrough in the 14th minute.
Adel Taarabt played a through ball from the centre circle, Remy timed his run perfectly to beat the offside trap and drilled a low shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen from the edge of the penalty area. julie Cesar had already made the first of several outstanding saves, stopping Kevin Nolan's shot with his legs from close range.
QPR's Brazilian keeper was to prove a difficult obstacle for West Ham and Marouane Chamakh in particular. The Moroccan was making his full debut after joining on loan from Arsenal, but endured a frustrating afternoon. He - and most West Ham supporters - thought he should have had a penalty after being fouled by Clint Hill and then Shaun Wright-Phillips on the half-hour mark, but referee Howard Webb disagreed.
Cesar made a great save from Joe Cole's diagonal shot early in e second half, and then kept out a header from Chamakh in an almighty goalmouth scramble during which the Hammers spurned three chances to score.
Cesar made another fine stop to save a Chamakh header after an hour, at which point manager Sam Allardyce decided to replace the Moroccan with Carlton Cole, who made an immediate impact.
When Matt Jarvis dinked in a cross from the left, Carlton Cole had a powerful header saved but his namesake Joe was on hand to tap the ball home from close range.
West Ham had chances to win afterwards, with Winston Reid having a fierce shot blocked by Stephane Mbia, and QPR held on for a point. Telegraph
Harry Redknapp could have seen it coming. It is 14 years since he gave Joe Cole his professional debut for West Ham and he was frustrated in his attempts to bring him to Loftus Road this month, so there was an inevitability that the former Liverpool midfielder would score the equaliser that prevented QPR from snatching an improbable and invaluable victory. QPR remain four points adrift at the bottom of the table, but at least Redknapp could bask in the satisfaction of a goal on his debut for Loïc Rémy after his £8m arrival from Marseille.
While QPR were fortunate to escape with a point and were indebted to the brilliance of their goalkeeper, Júlio César, Redknapp will still see reasons for optimism. Three weeks ago QPR looked done for after a 3-0 humiliation at home to Liverpool, but since then they have enjoyed an unlikely resurgence, winning at Chelsea and drawing with Tottenham, and this draw stretched their unbeaten run to five matches in all competitions.
Whereas QPR were once a soft touch, they are finally playing as a team and can also count on a touch of class in attack. Rémy was ridiculed for his decision to join QPR instead of Newcastle, raising eyebrows by claiming that he was attracted by the challenge of saving his new side rather than the reported £75,000 a week they are paying him.
Talk is cheap, however, and there is only one way for Rémy to silence his critics. On a bitterly cold afternoon in east London, he did not freeze on his big day and needed only 14 minutes to make his mark. There are already signs of a potentially fruitful partnership with Adel Taarabt, and when the Moroccan slipped him in behind Winston Reid, he took a moment to compose himself before beating Jussi Jaaskelainen from the edge of the area.
"He will do that," said Redknapp. "He's got great movement off the ball. He's got lightning pace. He will score goals. I thought him and Taarabt were going to do some damage but we came under the cosh. We have to try to play with a bit more quality. You have to be bold and keep the ball. You can't just keep kicking the ball back."
Sam Allardyce was upset that his side had fallen for QPR's rather obvious plan to hurt them on the break but they should have rectified such negligence long before Joe Cole levelled the game after 68 minutes.
West Ham started brightly and César made superb reaction saves from Reid and Kevin Nolan early on. He would later make a fine save to deny Joe Cole, and twice kept out headers from Marouane Chamakh. "It's our achilles heel," Allardyce said. "Our front men don't score enough to win us games."
West Ham might have also had a penalty when Clint Hill pulled off his best Laurent Koscielny impression as Chamakh turned in the area, before the Moroccan striker made the most of minimal contact with Shaun Wright-Phillips. "Looking at the replay it looks like Howard Webb's not in a great position to see it," Allardyce said.
In the end, he was grateful for Joe Cole's intervention. Carlton Cole had only been on the pitch for six minutes when he met Matt Jarvis's cross with a downward header. César saved again but Joe Cole was on hand to tap home the rebound. It was his first goal for West Ham since 11 January 2003.
From there, West Ham should have won but Stéphane M'bia blocked Reid's goalbound volley and Fábio da Silva cleared off the line from Joe Cole. "It was a point gained," Redknapp said. "I can't say we deserved to win. That would be nonsense." Guardian
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Hammers' Holocaust memorial
Holocaust Memorial Day has traditionally been observed with candle lighting to represent the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Each remembrance candle is lit to represent one million victims.
Therefore, 15 minutes before kick-off, six candles were lit at the Boleyn Ground by West Ham United Non-Executive Director Daniel Harris, Football Association Director of Football Development Sir Trevor Brooking, Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales, Holocaust Survivor Zigi Shipper, Royal British Legion East Ham branch secretary Ken Hill and Marc Bandel, the grandson of a Holocaust Survivor.
As part of its Moore Than A Football Club mantra, the club remains committed to tackling discrimination in whatever form it takes and will be promoting events and campaigns that highlight and combat prejudice towards disability, race, sex, sexual orientation and religion throughout the year.
As well as marking Holocaust Memorial Day - which will be held this year on 27 January - at the game, the club will also be sending representatives to the local events in remembrance of the estimated eleven million people who were killed by the Nazis during World War Two.
Jews, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, people of Roma and Sinti origin and the disabled were among those who needlessly died.
The aim for this year's Holocaust Memorial Day events is to 'build a bridge' between communities, which ties in perfectly with West Ham United's commitment to equality, social inclusion and community cohesion.
To learn more about the Holocaust, visit the Holocaust Educational Trust website at www.HET.org.uk West Ham
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Unlucky in glove: QPR will listen to offers for Robert Green AND Julio Cesar
Despite the fact they only want to sell one of their keepers, QPR will listen to offers for either man to see who they can move on easiest.
Brazilian Cesar is thought to be on a staggering £78,000-a-week contract at Loftus Road, while Green earns £50,000-a-week
QPR now recognise they cannot afford to pay out that kind of money to two goalkeepers.
New manager Harry Redknapp has swapped between both Green and Cesar, and described Cesar’s performance against Tottenham last week as “world-class.”
QPR agreed to shell out another massive £80,000-a-week pay packet on striker Loic Remy and are now desperate to make cuts elsewhere.
Despite the fact Cesar has played for Brazil and Inter Milan, QPR might have more success in finding a buyer for Green who has already interested Nottingham Forest. Mirror
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