Harry Redknapp has admitted he was "very close" to managing Ukraine in his first press conference as Queens Park Rangers manager.

Redknapp was paraded by the Rs on Monday morning after he replaced the sacked Mark Hughes on Saturday, with his first game in charge of the Premier League's bottom club at Sunderland on Tuesday night.

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But the 65-year-old, who was in attendance for QPR's 3-1 defeat at Manchester United on Saturday, confirmed rumours he had been approached to coach the Ukrainian national side were true.

"I was very close to going to manage Ukraine," Redknapp said. "But when this job came up, QPR and the Premier League was the only place I wanted to be.

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Harry and chums

"It’s a good club. We just need a lift. The owners are fantastic and deserve success. They don’t deserve to be where we are.

"I'm in it for the long-term. I want to build a successful side so we're not in this position again."

Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond, Redknapp's trusted lieutenants from his managerial stints at Portsmouth and Tottenham, are likely to join the 2008 FA Cup winner, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, at Loftus Road.

Renowned for his transfer window activity, Redknapp was adamant QPR, who signed 13 players in the summer, would not be making "wholesale changes" but hinted the squad was "short" up front, with Bobby Zamora out for three months with a hip injury.

The former Tottenham manager also revealed he had received a "lovely text" message from David Beckham but admitted he had not spoken about signing the LA Galaxy midfielder.

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Beckham announced last week he would be leaving the Galaxy after five-and-a-half-years and Redknapp's return to club football has intensified speculation he could make a move for the ex-England captain. The 37-year-old trained under Redknapp with Tottenham in 2011 in the MLS' off-season but was never contracted to the club.

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    New Queens Park Rangers football club manager Harry Redknapp holds up a team jersey before a press conference in west London on November 26, 2012, to officially announce his appointment. Redknapp has called for an immediate improvement as he takes charge of the Premier League's bottom club for the first time at Sunderland on November 27. Redknapp replaced the sacked Mark Hughes on November 24 and watched from the stands as his new side took the lead at Manchester United later that day, only to fall to a 3-1 defeat. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    HARLINGTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Harry Redknapp talks during a press conference after being unveiled as the new Queens Park Rangers Manager on November 26, 2012 in Harlington, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    New Queens Park Rangers football club manager Harry Redknapp holds up a team jersey before a press conference in west London on November 26, 2012, to officially announce his appointment. Redknapp has called for an immediate improvement as he takes charge of the Premier League's bottom club for the first time at Sunderland on November 27. Redknapp replaced the sacked Mark Hughes on November 24 and watched from the stands as his new side took the lead at Manchester United later that day, only to fall to a 3-1 defeat. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Harry Redknapp is Unveiled as New Queens Park Rangers Manager

    HARLINGTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Harry Redknapp poses with the team shirt after being unveiled as the new Queens Park Rangers Manager on November 26, 2012 in Harlington, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • Harry Redknapp is Unveiled as New Queens Park Rangers Manager

    HARLINGTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Harry Redknapp poses with the team shirt after being unveiled as the new Queens Park Rangers Manager on November 26, 2012 in Harlington, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    New Queens Park Rangers football club manager Harry Redknapp holds up a team jersey before a press conference in west London on November 26, 2012, to officially announce his appointment. Redknapp has called for an immediate improvement as he takes charge of the Premier League's bottom club for the first time at Sunderland on November 27. Redknapp replaced the sacked Mark Hughes on November 24 and watched from the stands as his new side took the lead at Manchester United later that day, only to fall to a 3-1 defeat. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    New Queens Park Rangers football club manager Harry Redknapp sips a cup of tea during a press conference in west London on November 26, 2012, to officially announce his appointment. Redknapp has called for an immediate improvement as he takes charge of the Premier League's bottom club for the first time at Sunderland on November 27. Redknapp replaced the sacked Mark Hughes on November 24 and watched from the stands as his new side took the lead at Manchester United later that day, only to fall to a 3-1 defeat. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    New Queens Park Rangers football club manager Harry Redknapp has a sip of tea during a press conference in west London on November 26, 2012, to officially announce his appointment. Redknapp has called for an immediate improvement as he takes charge of the Premier League's bottom club for the first time at Sunderland on November 27. Redknapp replaced the sacked Mark Hughes on November 24 and watched from the stands as his new side took the lead at Manchester United later that day, only to fall to a 3-1 defeat. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    New Queens Park Rangers football club manager Harry Redknapp speaks during a press conference in west London on November 26, 2012, to officially announce his appointment. Redknapp has called for an immediate improvement as he takes charge of the Premier League's bottom club for the first time at Sunderland on November 27. Redknapp replaced the sacked Mark Hughes on November 24 and watched from the stands as his new side took the lead at Manchester United later that day, only to fall to a 3-1 defeat. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Harry Redknapp is Unveiled as New Queens Park Rangers Manager

    HARLINGTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Harry Redknapp poses with the team shirt after being unveiled as the new Queens Park Rangers Manager on November 26, 2012 in Harlington, England. (Photo by Getty Images)

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    New Queens Park Rangers football club manager Harry Redknapp speaks during a press conference in west London on November 26, 2012, to officially announce his appointment. Redknapp has called for an immediate improvement as he takes charge of the Premier League's bottom club for the first time at Sunderland on November 27. Redknapp replaced the sacked Mark Hughes on November 24 and watched from the stands as his new side took the lead at Manchester United later that day, only to fall to a 3-1 defeat. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    New QPR manager Harry Redknapp speaks during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

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    New QPR manager Harry Redknapp speaks during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

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    New QPR manager Harry Redknapp speaks during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

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    New QPR manager Harry Redknapp speaks during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

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    New QPR manager Harry Redknapp takes a drink during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

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    New QPR manager Harry Redknapp speaks during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

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    New QPR manager Harry Redknapp speaks during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

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    New QPR manager Harry Redknapp arrives for a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

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    New QPR manager Harry Redknapp arrives for a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

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    New QPR manager Harry Redknapp holds a shirt during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

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    New QPR manager Harry Redknapp arrives for a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

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    New QPR manager Harry Redknapp holds a shirt during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

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    New QPR manager Harry Redknapp speaks during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

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    New QPR manager Harry Redknapp speaks during a press conference at their training ground, Sipson Lane, Harlington.

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    New Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp (right) in the stands during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

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    Queens Park Rangers new manager Harry Redknapp in the stands

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    New Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp in the stands during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: New Queens Park Rangers Manager Harry Redknapp looks on from the stands during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on November 24, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: New Queens Park Rangers Manager Harry Redknapp takes his seat in the Directors box prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on November 24, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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    Queens Park Rangers newly-appointed manager Harry Redknapp attends the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on November 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)