Shaun Wright Phillips wanted Chelsea skipper, John Terry to join him at New York.
This was before John Terry has handed a one-year deal to remain at Stamford Bridge. The 35-year old English International was unlikely to receive a new contract at the season end, this made Wright-Phillips, who is currently playing with brother Bradley for New York Red Bulls, want to see his former Blues team-mates join him Stateside.
Wright-Phillips, 34, said:
“It would be amazing to have JT here.
New York Red Bulls have been able to enjoy the pace of Shaun Wright Phillips to the maximum in recent seasons. Manager Jesse Marsch claims that the attitude of the former Chelsea winger has been first class.
Some players are criticised for not showing the 100% commitment to the MLS after having just joined from the European league. Since European football is significantly more competitive, the MLS has been seen as a retirement party for the ageing superstars. However, Wright Phillips has not been taking a similar opinion since joining New York Red Bulls.
The MLS side New York Red Bulls released Shaun Wright Phillips along with a number of other players who just couldn’t manage to find their spot in the team and did not play a very influential role in the American team.
In spite of the fact that his contract hasn’t been renewed, Shaun Wright Phillips is still positive about extending his stay at Red Bull Arena.
The winger hopes that he would get the chance to feature for the team again in the 2016 edition of the Major League Soccer.
Phillips had joined Red Bulls mid way through 2015.
The veteran failed to do justice to the stature he had come with, managing to net only once in 12 appearances.
After being frozen out of the first team by Harry Redknapp, the former Chelsea and Manchester City winger, Shaun Wright Phillips, returned back to the pitch in the 2-0 win over Sunderland.
Redknapp was the manager who brought Wright Phillips to Loftus Road, but it is understood that they fell out with each other.
There have been a lot of forceful changes being made in the hierarchy of Football Association of late. All the people, who had played a key part in the hiring of Roy Hodgson and then, keeping him in the job even after the World Cup debacle, are exiting and the new set of people is taking over and that has put a big question mark over the future of Hodgson as England boss.
There is little possibility that Hodgson would be shaken from his position before the Euro Cup, but, whether he would stay at helm till the next World Cup or not, that’s not certain now.
The QPR boss Harry Redknapp has clearly told the club hierarchy that he doesn’t want to talk about contract extension at this point of time.
This is Redknapp’s last year as QPR manager.
There were reports that the decision makers at the Loftus Road Stadium wanted the manager to put pen on a fresh deal, but, after the recent disappointing performances of the Rangers that have left them at the last position in the league table ahead of international break, the idea has been put on hold.
Nedum Onuoha hopes that his teammate Shaun Wright Phillips gets back in form and makes a difference for Queens Park Rangers in the upcoming season.
Over the last couple of seasons, Phillips has been given only 18 starting opportunities at QPR and that’s because he has not been playing up to that level. Since last Christmas, he’s made just a couple of appearances.
Phillips is approaching 33 now and many people believe that it’s close to impossible for him to regain his lost spark at this stage of his career, but, Onuoha still has got the belief in the English winger.
Shaun Wright Phillips is almost certain to be looking for a new club in the summer and his father has also confirmed the same. The former Chelsea and Manchester city winger was almost unseen and unnoticed in the victory celebrations for QPR after they managed to return to the Premier league in the first instance. QPR managed to beat Derby 1-0 in the play-off final. Former West Ham striker Bobby Zamora scored the only goal of the game in a smash and grab victory for Harry Redknapp’s team.
With the arrival of Matt Phillips to the squad of QPR, Harry Redknapp has admitted that Shaun Wright-Phillips is on his long-term plans and it has become difficult for the coach to offload the former Chelsea player considering his high wages.
Redknapp said: “It’s difficult. It’s only Premier League clubs who could afford to take him on his wages. Other clubs aren’t going to put up that type of money. There isn’t big money in this league wages-wise. If any of them want to take a thousand-per-cent drop in wages or something, they can, but you don’t see too many doing that."