Struggling Loftus Road players enjoy late night sessions in Dubai.
Queens Park Rangers’ struggling players spent the majority of their warm weather winter training camp in late night boozy sessions, the Daily Mirror have revealed.
In an exclusive by the tabloid newspaper, unnamed members of Harry Redknapp’s squad at the Premier League strugglers have lifted the lid on the staggering goings on during a week-long training camp in Dubai in February.
Players were unable to complete the maximum 90-minute training sessions to their exertions of all-day drinking sessions the day before – all of which is said to have gone unnoticed by manager Redknapp who was said to be staying in a different hotel to his squad.
“Dubai was a week when we had the chance to sort out the problems,” one unnamed player told the newspaper. “Everybody wanted to do that. But we ended up going there for a holiday. It would have been better if we’d stayed here in London.
“In the evening some players were out, until 3am, 4am, 5am – and then went to training at 8am. It was like a stag party.”
Another player added: “Some of the bar bills were enormous, huge, in the tens of thousands of pounds for one night. Two or three players couldn’t train the next day. It was that bad.
“We have to take the blame for what we did. We know that. But some of us think that if the manager had been in the same hotel he could have controlled what was going on.
“What sort of club allows a team with 17 points and only two wins all season go and do this? It’s impossible to survive like that and so this club isn’t going to survive.”
Bottom-of-the-table QPR have picked up just 17 points this season and are staring at relegation to the Championship being seven points from safety.
Redknapp took over from Mark Hughes in November but has been unable to mastermind a significant turnaround in fortunes. His side suffered defeat at Swansea City and at home to Manchester United either side of the Dubai trip.
He told the Daily Mirror: “If it happened they must have done something I didn’t see. I don’t believe what you’re saying. I can’t see it.”