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Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp says his regime at Loftus Road is going to be far stricter next season as he attempts to get the club straight back into the Premier League.

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QPR will be playing their football in England's second tier next term, having already had their relegation confirmed two weeks ago at Reading.

Since arriving at the club in November, Redknapp has often suggested that a number of his current crop of players lacked the required commitment to succeed in the top flight.

And following Stephane Mbia's fine after a number of comments regarding his future appeared on his Twitter account, the former Tottenham boss has now called the discipline of the squad off the pitch into question.

"If they practised more rather than tweeted they would be better footballers,'' Redknapp said. "Next year lots of things have to change here - the whole discipline of the club. I have pussyfooted around with some of them because they are here and you need to get the best out of them.

"I want players who want to be here, work hard and train hard - the others, just don't bother. In terms of discipline, it has got to change. Some of them think they can do what they want when they want. It's been difficult because we have had to use them, but now is the time when we have had to make the changes.

"You have to get a good squad of players and need strong characters as much as ability. There are some good characters here and they are not all dysfunctional. There are some good lads here too, but you do need more. It's a different game, different people and different characters, but it is still football. I love football.''

QPR welcome Newcastle to Loftus Road on Sunday with Alan Pardew's side desperate for the three points to ease their own relegation worries.

And Redknapp admits it is a challenge to fire his players up for the remaning games of the season with their fate having already been sealed.

"When you have nothing to play for but pride it is difficult. I'm looking forward to try and build a team for next season,'' he said. "We don't want to be rolling over for anyone. We will give it our best shot and try to win the game."

Redknapp, who will again be without defender Chris Samba on Sunday, believes the Magpies have struggled due to the number of injuries they have picked up over the season.

"I think Newcastle will be okay," he said. "I'm sure Newcastle will come back strong. Alan [Pardew] did a great job last year and overachieved, but underachieved this year. Injuries have affected them, but I'm sure next year they will come back and be strong again.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report


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