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Redknapp laments squad quality

19 May 2013 23:48

QPR manager Harry Redknapp stressed that his squad does not possess the quality to stay in the Premier League.

Redknapp's side finished the campaign bottom of the table following their 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

The London club had chances to take something from the game at Anfield and squandered opportunities in their previous defeat against Newcastle United last Sunday.

Former Tottenham boss Redknapp pinpointed a lack of top-flight calibre as the sole reason for their inability to get results and their subsequent relegation to the Championship.

He told the BBC: "We've been close in a lot of games but lacked quality to turn those close games around.

"We didn't have the quality to stay in the Premier League. We need to improve that in the summer with lads who want to work hard and do well for QPR."

The Loftus Road outfit are likely to be among the favourites to win promotion from the Championship when the new season commences in August but Redknapp knows that a prospective return to the first tier is far from a foregone conclusion.

"We've got no divine right to come straight back up," he added. "We'll have to work hard. I've inherited a group with some good professionals and also with people who are not so good.

"That has been the problem. Lots of them can't get up early enough to get to training on time."

QPR finished their second straight campaign in the Premier League on a run of nine games without a win, their last victory coming in the 3-1 home success against Sunderland back in March.

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