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Friday, April 19, 2013
Pulis: Redknapp is a fighter

David Instone

Stoke boss Tony Pulis says Harry Redknapp would be seen as football royalty if he pulls off the improbable mission of preserving Queens Park Rangers' Premier League status.

Pulis heads to Loftus Road on Saturday with his own Stoke City side in danger of accompanying Rangers into the Championship, but he believes his counterpart will want to carry on next season, whichever division his club are in.

"He'd be the King of London if he pulls off another miracle," Pulis said. "Otherwise, he will do it next season and there will be a lot of changes.

"It's very hard to judge a job over a short period but he has always been a fighter. It's only this time last year we were talking about him being the England manager.

"He's a football nut and you see him going on and on like Sir Alex. He couldn't sit still for two minutes. He enjoys a lot of other things like his family and grandchildren. He has a lot of friends and family and loves his racing. But football is in his blood."

Pulis believes there are reasons for Rangers still being a full ten points beneath the safety line despite Redknapp's mid-season appointment and the fact that he reinforced his squad in January. "I've watched them in a couple of games and they have been unfortunate not to win," he added. "They spent a lot of money but you don't know what's going on inside a club. You don't know a dressing room until you walk into it.

"They will keep going. Harry has done his damnedest to get players in and you'd think they would turn it round and be good enough but they (the management team) are coming into a group of players who you can't move on.

"They are very similar to us. They have had no breaks, particularly with ten men against Wigan and when they played really well at Fulham. They were unfortunate to lose at Fulham. We know the pressure the club are under to get results. It's managing that pressure. It's part and parcel of it. There's stuff in you that keeps you going."




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