5 Dec 2014

Redknapp rules out Christmas party for QPR players

Harry Redknapp has told his QPR players that there will be no Christmas party to ensure their focus remains on securing their Premier League survival.

Rangers have yet to win away from Loftus Road this season and are currently second bottom of the Premier League table ahead of a month which includes fixtures against fellow strugglers Burnley, West Brom and Crystal Palace.

Redknapp is not a fan of Christmas parties and has told his players they are not allowed to organise one in case they get distracted from the job in hand.
“I’m not into Christmas parties, not for footballers,” Redknapp said. “I think it’s more aggravation than it’s worth. It’s a changing world out there and there’s always someone out there with a camera on their phone.”

“I haven’t spoken to them about it, they haven’t mentioned anything about a Christmas party.

“I think they understand the pitfalls of going out.

“You’ve only got to be closing your eyes and someone has got a picture of you making it look like you’re drunk. It’s not worth the hassle.”

He added: “We’re in a relegation battle and we need to make sure we concentrate fully.

“I think we’ve got a Christmas do on Monday with all the staff who work behind the scenes and run the club.

“It’s just a meal, so we’re going to go to that. But as far as going out and having a jolly-up, (it) is not something I want.”
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