Newcastle legend in joint-charge of QPR after Redknapp departure

DEPARTURE ... Harry Redknapp.
DEPARTURE ... Harry Redknapp.

FORMER Newcastle United favourite Les Ferdinand has been placed in joint-charge of Queens Park Rangers after Harry Redknapp’s resignation was accepted.

Ferdinand and ex-Tottenham Hotspur coach Chris Ramsey have taken over from Redknapp “until further notice”, a QPR statement said.

QPR have lost all of their Premier League away fixtures so far, and their next trip is to Sunderland next Tuesday.

Redknapp – who is set to undergo knee replacement surgery in the coming weeks – told the club’s official website: “I have had such a fantastic time at QPR.

“I would like to thank the board, the players and all my staff, and especially the supporters who have been absolutely fantastic to me since I arrived at the club for their tremendous support.

“Sadly I need immediate surgery on my knee which is going to stop me from doing my job in the coming weeks.

“It means I won’t be able to be out on the training pitch every day, and if I can’t give 100 per cent I feel it’s better for someone else to take over the reins.

“My relationship with Tony Fernandes has been one of the highlights of my footballing career and I wish the club every success. I am confident they will survive in the Premier League this year.”