- Transcript of WBA's Steve Clarke talking about Peter Odenwingie and QPR
- Repeating twice "“At boardroom level there is absolute clarity.”
You said you won’t name someone else’s player. How much responsibility have QPR and Harry Redknapp got in this whole scenario?
“I don’t discuss other clubs’ business. My job is to work for West Bromwich Albion.
“Other managers have their way of working, I have my way of working.”
But what do you think of the way it’s been done elsewhere, down in West London?
“I know that I wouldn’t work that way. I know that I would conduct myself differently. That’s all I can say.”
You said it was clear at boardroom level. Does that mean lower levels at QPR there was confusion?
“I don't know how QPR conduct their business. I know my technical directors and chairman kept me fully informed of the process all the way through.”
So is there a chance that some of the confusion in Peter’s mind could have stemmed from QPR?
“If you say that it's possible. It certainly didn't come from this end.”
The QPR Squad of 25 as announced yesterday:
Goalkeepers: Cesar, Green, Murphy
Defenders: Ben Haim, Bosingwa, Fabio, Hill, Onouha, Samba, Traore, Yun
Midfielders: Diakite, Derry, Granero, Hoilett, Jenas, Mackie, Mbia, Park, Wright-Phillips
Strikers: Bothroyd, Campbell, Remy, Taarabt, Zamora
2 Traore, Armand
3 Hill, Clinton Scott
4 Derry, Shaun Peter
5 Hall, Fitz
6 Taarabt, Adel
7 Zamora, Robert Lester
8 Hulse, Robert William
9 Campbell, Dudley Junior
10 Bothroyd, Jay
11 Diakite, Samba
12 Mackie, James Charles
13 Gabbidon, Daniel Leon
14 Buzsaky, Akos
15 Taiwo, Taye Ismaila
16 Onuoha, Chinedum
17 Barton, Joseph
18 Young, Luke Paul
19 Smith, Thomas William
20 Helguson, Heidar
21 Cerny, Radek
22 Murphy, Brian
23 Wright-Phillips, Shaun Cameron
24 Ferdinand, Anton Julian
25 Cisse, Djibril
- As await the latest QPR Accounts (in March?) - Reminder of Last Year's QPR Accounts
Samba bleat: Massive £34m lay-out on big Chris wasn't my doing insists Redknapp
1 Feb 2013 22:29
“It’s the board's decision. It wasn’t a case of me telling them to" protests manager amid talk of financial meltdown if QPR get relegated regardless
Hoops and stick: Redknapp called criticism of Rangers' spending "nonsense"
Harry Redknapp bristled at the suggestion his monster £34million deal for Chris Samba has mortgaged Queens Park Rangers to the hilt.
More comfortable leaning out of a car window than confronting the arithmetic of Rangers’ record signing, ’Arry insisted the colossal numbers involved in bringing Samba to Loftus Road were down to chairman Tony Fernandes.
And Redknapp softened the blow of a transfer which would require Rangers to sell out 30 home games just to pay for one player by shrugging: “Look at the board here. They are not exactly paupers, are they?”
Samba, who will be pitched straight into QPR’s relegation battle in the lunchtime date with Norwich, joined the Rs for a £12.5million fee and is on a four-and-a-half year contract worth an eye-watering £100,000 a week.
In transfer fees and wages, the deal will cost Rangers £34m, burning a large hole in the finances of a club whose ground capacity is only 18,000.
Samba’s deal is not thought to include a clause requiring him to take a pay cut if QPR are relegated, but Redknapp claimed he was not leading them towards financial meltdown.
He scoffed: “That perception is nonsense, really – how am I personally responsible for mortgaging QPR?
“I’ve brought in Jermaine Jenas on a free and Andros Townsend on loan from Spurs, the chairman brought in Chris Samba and did a deal with Loic Remy. He will sell Remy if needs be.
“If it’s big money for Samba, that’s up to the chairman and the shareholders.
“It’s their decision to spend the money. It wasn’t a case of me telling them to go out and buy Samba. I don’t think he is coming for anywhere near £100,000 a week, but whatever he is earning, it’s their decision to spend the money.
“I’m just doing my best to keep this club in the Premier League and if we stay up, fantastic.
“If we don’t, I’ve done my best and the board have tried hard.”
Norwich will have the Beccs Factor in their favour at Loftus Road.
Manager Chris Hughton will pitch £3million signing Luciano Becchio, from Leeds, straight into the action.
And Hughton said of the striker: “I wanted someone to freshen things up and Becchio will definitely do that.” Mirror
LONDON 24/Tom Moore
QPR boss hits back at financial accusations
QPR manager Harry Redknapp reacted angrily to suggestions that the club’s transfer dealings were placing the club in jeopardy.
The R’s made two club record signings in Chris Samba and Loic Remy, for a combined fee in the region of £20million.
And there have been suggestions that the club will not be able to survive if they are relegated and Redknapp has been accused in some circles of mortgaging the club.
He reacted angrily by saying: “How am I mortgaging QPR? The chairman brought Chris Samba in and he did the deal on (Loic) Remy, he brought Remy in.
“He will sell Remy if need be. That is such nonsense really.”
It is unclear whether the new signings have relegation clauses and Redknapp is confident that the club is sustainable.
“I don’t know that,” he said. “It is up to the chairman and the board.
“I think it is sustainable. That was the decision of the chairman and the shareholders, it wasn’t me.
“Chris Samba has come here for no where near 100 grand a week. The chairman came to me and said I have got you Chris Samba. What can you do!”
Redknapp insisted that he wouldn’t have moved for the Congo defender if he hadn’t lost Ryan Nelsen, who has left to go to Toronto.
“It doesn’t mean we are going to stay up just because we have bought Samba,” he explained.
“It is a top centre-half replacing a top-centre half. If Ryan Nelsen had stayed here then I wouldn’t have had to buy Samba.
“Other clubs spend money down there; Villa have spent big money down there.
“People think they have bought just kids, go back to Darren Bent, you can go through a list of players there and they have spent good money as well.
“Richard Dunne and other players have all cost good money London 24
Spin the wheel: Harry's big-money transfer gambles will be worth it.. IF Queens Park Rangers avoid relegation
If Aston Villa go down and QPR stay up, then the money Rangers spent in January will look like financial prudence
Risky business: Redknapp has been accused of setting Rs up to 'do a Portsmouth'
QPR have endured a lot of criticism in the last 24 hours.
They have been accused of treating the transfer window like a supermarket dash.
Charged with putting the future of the club at risk and becoming another Portsmouth.
They have been told they have taken a huge gamble on avoiding relegation and that, if it doesn’t work, they will be in trouble.
Well, they have taken a gamble and if it pays off, no one will be criticising QPR owner Tony Fernandes then.
Anyway, other clubs are gambling in different ways. Aston Villa are gambling by doing very little to improve a struggling squad.
They have got scant experience in their team and have chosen not to alter that situation.
If Villa go down and QPR stay up, then the money Rangers spent in January will look like financial prudence.
The transfer fees they spent on Loic Remy and Chris Samba will be more than offset by the television revenue and prize money they will reap from another season in the Premier League.
So I’m not going to criticise Fernandes for backing his manager.
He has got an experienced boss in Harry Redknapp, one who knows what it takes to keep a team up. If you gave most supporters a choice between an owner who will spend to try to save the team from relegation and an owner who won’t, they would choose the guy who puts his hand in his pocket every time.
QPR had to buy a centre-half anyway. The departure of Ryan Nelsen to coach FC Toronto in the MLS didn’t give them much choice.
Nelsen’s performances were one of the main reasons why QPR’s results have stabilised recently.
And there is little doubt that in Samba, they have a top-class replacement who was coveted by a lot of teams while he was at Blackburn.
What critics are right to point out, though, is that if QPR go down, they will have a player on very big wages that they will probably be unable to move on.
His wages, if they have been reported correctly, will have added about £15million to his transfer fee. That’s part of the gamble, too. Come May, we’ll see whose gamble paid off – QPR’s by doing something or Villa’s by doing nothing...." Mirror
The Club and its "Associations"