Redknapp: I’m not under pressure

first_img “It is up to Tony what he does. If he is not happy come and talk to me – I’m a big boy. I’m going for dinner with him. I’m not going to be there buying him dinner to keep my job – I will let him buy dinner. “The impasse over my contract is that I wasn’t bothered about signing a new contract, not in the slightest. “What is a contract? A contract is you work for a club. If they don’t want you, you talk to the chairman, sort out what you’re doing and you move on. “If we stay up and at the end of the year Tony wants to talk about another year with me I’d be delighted, that is what I want to do in my life.” Fernandes has backed Redknapp since he was chosen as the man to replace Mark Hughes in November 2012. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge faces another two to four weeks on the sidelines, according to a report. The 25-year-old England forward has been out of action for six weeks due to a thigh strain he picked up on international duty. He had been thought to be close to a comeback but, according to the Liverpool Echo, pulled his calf during training on Thursday and could now be absent for up to another month. “Daniel has pulled his calf,” Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers told the newspaper. “He’s looking at being out for another two to four weeks. “It’s a big blow as we were looking forward to welcoming Daniel back. He has worked tirelessly. “But we have other players training hard and working hard and we will turn to them. It’s why we bulked up the squad in the summer.” Sturridge is now set to miss Sunday’s game and the midweek Champions League clash with Real Madrid at Anfield at the very least. Rodgers, meanwhile, has leapt to the defence of Raheem Sterling, but insists there is no club versus country row between him and England manager Roy Hodgson. The 19-year-old forward has found himself pilloried in the last week after Hodgson revealed the youngster had told him he was tired ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia. Sterling was left out of the team for that match, coming off the bench to win the free-kick from which Wayne Rooney scored the only goal, which led to accusations he had said he did not want to play. Rodgers totally rejected those accusations. “He (Sterling) has been absolutely incredible for me and what has been nice to see is his maturity as a young man; he’s 19, a full international and he will hopefully be a key player for England and Liverpool for many years. “This is a kid we bring up to be responsible and honest – lots of players will tell you they haven’t played when they haven’t felt right but this is a kid who didn’t say that. “What he was saying was he felt tired. I’ve had it a number of times here with Raheem where he has been tired in his legs but he has gone on to play in games and be exceptional.” QPR boss Harry Redknapp does not want any assurances over his position and insists he is not under pressure at Loftus Road. Press Association But, with a home game against Liverpool to come on Sunday, Redknapp does not believe his job is under immediate threat if recent results do not improve. When asked if he was feeling any pressure, Redknapp said: “None whatsoever. ”Until you’ve been under pressure you don’t know what pressure is and I’m not under pressure, none whatsoever. I’m looking forward to the game on Sunday. ”We have played seven games, we are seven games into a Premier League season. We have played three home games, we got beaten by Hull 1-0 and missed a penalty, we beat Sunderland and drew with Stoke in a tough game – it is not easy. ”I still have every confidence in the players here that we will start getting the results, and hopefully that will start on Sunday.” Redknapp’s current deal at the club expires at the end of the current campaign and for weeks he had been expected to sign an extension. But the former West Ham and Tottenham boss is not concerned about negotiating a new contract and is still enjoying a close working relationship with Fernandes. “I don’t need assurances from anybody,” he said. The 67-year-old guided the Hoops back into the Barclays Premier League through the play-offs last year, but the side have struggled on their return to the top flight, sitting bottom of the table with just four points from their opening seven games. Former Stoke and Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has joined ex-Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood as a reported candidate to fill the vacancy, should QPR owner Tony Fernandes decide a change is required. last_img

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