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Toronto boss Nelsen recalls enormous problems at QPR

Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen has touched on the massive issues he encountered when he joined English club QPR.

The former New Zealand international arrived at Loftus Road in June 2012 following a successful career with Blackburn Rovers and a short spell with Tottenham.

After Nelsen came to west London, the R's began battling at the bottom of the Premier League table with a number of disinterested players on massive wages and when Harry Redknapp took over as manager in November, the current TFC boss felt it was a lost cause.

"It was an amazing learning experience for me," Nelsen said this week.

"It was an environment that probably players were getting paid too much for potentially their mentality to win.

"Young guys probably on too much before they had earned it."

Nelsen added: "Everybody tried their best to get the mixture right, but it just didn't jell. It was just wrong."

In addition, Redknapp wrote in his autobiography 'Always Managing' that former centre-back Nelsen was his best player when he arrived at QPR.

"Within weeks I had worked out that my best player was Ryan Nelsen, a 35-year-old New Zealand international - and he couldn't wait to get out," Redknapp wrote.

"'You've got no chance,' he told me. 'Not a prayer. This is the worst dressing room I've ever been in in my life. You haven't got a hope with this lot. I don't know how you solve it.'"

QPR were relegated at the end of the 2012/13 season but Redknapp has turned the tide and now the Super Hoops are on the verge of an immediate return to England's top flight as they get set to face Derby County in the promotion play-off final at Wembley this weekend.

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