Skipper and vital defender Ryan Nelsen looks to be on his way out of Loftus Road to take up a managerial post in the MLS with Toronto FC. For the centre back who has been just about the best thing in the struggling team bar Adel Taarabt, it is a huge blow to Redknapp.
The manager reluctantly accepted Nelsen’s stance stating: “He wants to be a manager and it is a chance for him to manage a club. He has been fantastic. I took him to Tottenham last year from Blackburn. He’s one of the best pros I’ve ever met in my life, a fantastic player, a great trainer. He is a massive part of your team. To lose him would be a massive blow for us.”
QPR still have a mission on to escape relegation this term, having won just two of their 21 Premier League games since the season began, but the Hoops enjoyed a morale boosting performance last time out – an unlikely 1-0 victory over West London rivals Chelsea with former Blues midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips scoring the crucial goal.