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O'Neill hails Redknapp credentials

Created on 27 Nov., 2012 3:17 PM GMT

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has welcomed new QPR boss Harry Redknapp back to the Premier League, hailing him 'a very fine manager'.

Redknapp takes charge of the relegation-threatened QPR for the first time against O'Neill's struggling side on Tuesday.

Sunderland have taken just 12 points from as many games, with O'Neill forced to clarify his own position after rumours of his possible resignation spread on Saturday.

Redknapp has been tasked with guiding QPR away from an increasingly desperate situation as the London side look for their first win of the Premier League campaign, and O'Neill is certain the 65-year-old will once again prove himself an astute tactician.

"He (Redknapp) is a very fine manager, he has proved that," O'Neill told reporters.

"The majority of us here in the room might well have thought he was going to be the next England manager, so well had he done at Tottenham Hotspur.

"It wasn't to be, but he is a very fine manager and he will bring all of his experience to bear. He's back in football and he is a talented man."

Focusing on Tuesday's game, O'Neill was keen to emphasise his side's recent upturn in fortunes in front of goal and insisted that Sunderland must take advantage of their home fixtures if they are too build momentum.

"It's up to us to go to the game and play as strongly as we have done in the last number of games," he said.

"We have been able to score six goals in the last three matches, so that's another positive for us.

"The league is very, very tight and very few points separate a lot of the teams at this moment, so as Southampton have proved, two consecutive wins put you right back in proper contention and for us, it is just a case of go and win at home."