Redknapp expecting tough time

QPR manager Harry Redknapp is prepared for the stick that will

inevitably come his way at his old club Southampton next weekend as

his side’s relegation battle continues.

Rangers’ survival chances appear increasingly bleak, with

Redknapp’s men still rock-bottom of the Premier League and seven

points adrift of safety after defeat to Manchester United on

Saturday.

But the former Portsmouth boss remains convinced he can turn

things around and will not be discouraged by the expected abuse he

will receive from the Saints fans at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Redknapp, who turns 66 at the weekend, said: “It is my birthday

next Saturday and I thought there is no better way to spend it than

getting 90 minutes of abuse at Southampton.

“They’ll all be calling me ‘Scummer’ for my time at Portsmouth.

I thought that would be a great way to spend my birthday!”

He added of the battle for survival: “There are enough games

left – it is still wide open.

“We have got to go to Villa, we have got to go to Reading and we

have got Wigan here. I still fancy us.

“We’ve got nothing to lose, everyone thinks we are gone. But you

can change it so quickly.

“At Portsmouth in 2006 I had a crap team and we got 20 points

from 10 games and stayed up. It ain’t impossible.”