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Saying sorry might not save Bosingwa
Even an apology from Jose Bosingwa may not be enough to salvage his QPR career after manager Harry Redknapp revealed some senior professionals within his squad were "disgusted" at the defender's refusal to sit on the bench against Fulham.
The 30-year-old has been left out of QPR's squad for their Boxing Day fixture against West Brom for storming out of Loftus Road after hearing he would be a substitute for the derby against Fulham 10 days ago. The Portuguese, a Champions League winner with Chelsea last season, was fined £130,000 for his actions, but that may not be the end of the story.
Redknapp was infuriated and is considering ditching the player. Asked whether he would recall Bosingwa if he apologised, Redknapp's body language suggested that might not be enough as scrunched up his face, shrugged his shoulders and said: "But you can apologise and....His future here depends on his attitude really. We'll have to wait and see what happens."
He added: "When you are down you need help. When you are playing Fulham at home you need help. We were desperate as we hadn't won a game all year.
"You need everybody to be with you and say 'Okay let's get on with it,' not 'I'm not happy to sit on the bench, let's talk about it on Monday.' You don't go home do you?
"The fans pay their money and deserve to know the truth. They don't expect one of their players not to want to sit on the bench."
Mark Hughes and Neil Warnock have both gambled on big-money signings since QPR were promoted to the Barclays Premier League, but a large number have flopped and Redknapp will base his survival bid around the hungry British players who led the club to the top flight two years ago.
Redknapp is famed for his man-management skills, but judging by the reaction of some of his squad, he may decide to drop Bosingwa to the reserves or sell him in the transfer window.
Redknapp added. "The good lads have not got a problem with it. The good lads would be sick. The Ryan Nelsens and Clint Hills and all them good lads all thought it was a disgrace.
"That's the first time it's ever happened to me as a manager and I've managed some pretty temperamental players. I've never known anyone to do that. It was something new to me and not something I like."