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Reports this evening from Manchester indicate that Djibril Cissé issued a 'let me leave' plea to QPR soon after the final whistle at Old Trafford.
Cissé has found it difficult to adapt to life at the Hoops since his move and the the sacking of Mark Hughes on Friday is believed to have made his mind up.
Cissé joined QPR in January of this year on a 2½ year deal worth approximately £60k per week, but has failed to find popularity with the home crowd.
Cissé, 31, was subject to a dressing down by QPR fans last week via his Twitter page when he was told by a supporter he “couldn’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo” following his team’s 3-1 defeat against Southampton.
He arrived at QPR at the start of this year with Bobby Zamora and directly attributed his move to Mark Hughes. Cisse speaking in January said of Hughes: "He wanted to sign me at Manchester City and now I am finally here with him at QPR"
Cissé, although keen to leave London, is said to be happy back in England. He previously lived in the North West and sources close to the Frenchman say he would prefer a move back to that part of the country.
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Harry Redknapp takes QPR reins and tells players to raise their game
• Manager insists he has not discussed bringing in new players
No miracle resulted, however, and by the end of the game normal service had been resumed, as United won 3-1. Redknapp, who to the surprise of no one was confirmed as the new QPR manager on Saturday morning, will be familiar with United's habit of waiting to go behind before producing their best football. Three goals in eight minutes later, United were back at the top of the table and QPR still as firmly rooted to the bottom.
That meant the only surprise of the afternoon was Redknapp promising not to spend a fortune in January. "The players at QPR have not performed to their potential," he said. "The players have to be at it, the buck stops with them. I didn't tell the club I wanted money to spend, I have not even discussed that situation. There are some good players here and if we can get them performing then come January, we might not need so much."
QPR performed well for an hour, and Sir Alex Ferguson thought Redknapp's arrival might have galvanised them. "You generally get that when you change managers," he said. "QPR came here with a surge of determination and we found them hard to break down at first."
Mark Bowen, assistant manager to the deposed Mark Hughes, supervised from the touchline. "As a unit we looked solid and did well up to a point," he said. "Then the roof caved in. You know you are going to come under pressure here but we weren't helped by individuals not doing their jobs at set plays."
Bowen is waiting to hear whether he will be retained by Redknapp, who has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Rangers, who are 20th and five points behind 17th-placed Reading. "We can't get any lower," said Redknapp. "We are rock bottom and we have to try and get up that table. I remember when I was at Portsmouth and we stayed up with a game to go at Wigan – it was the most fantastic feeling. The club had a good manager in Mark Hughes but for whatever reason it did not work out. We now have to produce in the last two thirds of the season to try and get out of trouble. Mark lost his job, but the players have to be man enough to know they are to blame for the position we are in."
Redknapp, who will take charge for Rangers' visit to Sunderland on Tuesday, was the primary target of Tony Fernandes, the QPR owner. "Harry was our No1 target, the unanimous choice of the board," Fernandes said. "He has a proven track record in the Premier League and has all the characteristics we were looking for to get us out of the current situation we find ourselves in. His man-management skills are second to none and we are confident he is the right man to lead us away from the bottom of the table."
Beard said the club had given Hughes a fair chance but decided the stakes were too high to delay action any longer. "We have played 12 games without a win and felt it was time to act in the best interests of the club," he said. "The prize of staying in the Premier League is really high and, like every club in that part of the table, we will work really hard to get out of trouble. The situation is only not salvageable when it is impossible, but ultimately three clubs won't survive. We will be giving everything to make sure we are not one of those three, and hope we have given ourselves a chance." Guardian
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Mirror - Don't call me, I only signed for the money': Joey Barton rules out QPR rescue
The Hoops’ manager has a reputation for kick-starting the careers of football’s troubled souls – but Barton has burnt all of his bridges at Loftus Road and his year-long loan to Marseille contains no call-back option.
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Adel Taarabt is now likely to join Barton out of the exit door, after being frozen out by Redknapp during his Spurs days.
But keeper Rob Green will now be handed an unlikely lifeline by Redknapp – who tried to sign him on three occasions at White Hart Lane.
Yet there is no chance of Barton playing for QPR again after his admission that he only left Newcastle for the Hoops last year for the cash.
Barton, who will make his league debut for Marseille against Lille tonight after a 12-match ban, said: “When I went to QPR it was a choice dictated by money. I didn’t like what I had done, and I swore I’d never do that again.
“It was the first time in my life that I had taken a decision for money. I did it because my partner was due to give birth – but I did not feel good about it.
Bad-boy Barton said: “The more money you have, the more problems you have. When I was in prison I got £7 a week, and that was simpler – you’d use the £7 to buy food and that was it.”
Taarabt has told pals he is seeking a return to French football, believing he has no chance of figuring regularly under his former Spurs boss.
The talented, but inconsistent, midfielder had scored some important goals under sacked boss Mark Hughes and is popular with most fans – but days could now be numbered.
Yet keeper Green is likely to return before long – after last summer’s free transfer from West Ham to Loftus Road had turned into a nightmare.
Green agreed a deal only for Hughes to sign Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar from Inter Milan just weeks later and freeze out the England man. Mirror
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