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Redknapp: Queens Park Rangers players to blame for Hughes axe

Harry Redknapp believes the players got Mark Hughes the sack at Queens Park Rangers.

Having not won a single game in their opening 12 fixtures, the Loftus Road club took the decision to sack Hughes on Friday afternoon. And they wasted little time in appointing Redknapp, who led Tottenham Hotspur to fourth place last season before losing his job, as the Welshman’s successor.

The former White Hart Lane boss knows he has an uphill task on his hands in ensuring survival for the Hoops, who only retained their place in the Premier League on the final day of last season. And the new man in charge already has some harsh words for his players, who he blames for the departure of Hughes.

“They have got to realise they are in this position because they have not really performed to their capabilities at the moment,” he told Sky Sports. "They've lost a good manager in Mark Hughes, he's been unfortunate to lose his job, but the players have to take responsibility for their performances. They are the ones that are on the pitch. They are the ones that are playing, you can only put them out there."

Redknapp’s first game in charge comes on Tuesday evening when he takes his players to the Stadium of Light to face fellow strugglers Sunday. His first match in front of his new fans is on Saturday, when Aston Villa, who fell into the relegation zone at the weekend, travel to the capital.

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