New Irons get Redknapp thumbs up


Harry Redknapp Harry Redknapp knows he faces a very tough 90 minutes at Upton Park on Sunday but isn’t the least surprised that the Irons are playing in a totally different way this season.

The Queens Park Rangers boss and former Upton Park chief brings his team to the Boleyn knowing he will be facing a top team playing total football.

Speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh he said: “There’s pace, movement and a real goal threat with the two new boys up front. Some may have been surprised by Sam’s new approach but he now has the players to play that way.

“The idea that he could only play one way was always a bit daft. He will play with what he’s got and at times that’s meant a no frills approach.

“But the club has bought well this summer – Song’s a top player and the boys up front look to be a really decent pair but I also like Aaron Cresswell who looks a good player.

“We will be tested. It’s a tough game for us and we will need to be at our very best. They are a different team this season for sure.”

Redknapp admitted he has question marks over Sandro, Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch saying: “It will be Friday before we know where we are with them.”

Redknapp doesn’t see the trip to the Boleyn as anything more than “just another game ” these days despite the mixed response he usually gets from the fans.

He said: “My only focus is the game and the points. Let’s just concentrate on the now – that’s usually the best way!”

Share this article

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon