Harry Redknapp named Birmingham City manager

Lynette Rowe
April 21, 2017

"The Club will seek to appoint a new manager within the next few days", Birmingham said in a statement.

Gianfranco Zola has resigned as Birmingham City manager following Monday's home defeat by fellow Championship strugglers Burton Albion.

Redknapp, who at 70 becomes the oldest manager in English football, guided Tottenham to Champions League qualification in the 2009-10 season.

Redknapp's appointment was announced just 16 hours after Zola's departure, but the length of his contract has not yet been disclosed.

Redknapp, who will be assisted by former Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill, has only been appointed until the end of the season.

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"I got a call at 7 p.m. asking if I could come and having a meeting in London. Easier said than done, but we will give it our best". "We need at least one win to be safe".

It's worth mentioning that the veteran gaffer has previously suffered relegation with Bournemouth, Southampton and most recently QPR.Birmingham are priced at 4/1 (Sky Bet) to turn that trio into a quadruple. When I got home at 2.30am my wife was asleep and she said "what happened?' I said 'I'm going to Birmingham until the end of the season". They are in a precarious position - we are only three points above the relegation zone and we have got the worst goal difference as well.

'Birmingham is a proper club, a good club. "If I feel like I can not help these players why stay - it's better that I leave and let somebody else do that". He has since worked as an adviser at second-tier Derby and as coach of Jordan for two games.

"I am sure that he will keep them up", said the Scot, 58.

Redknapp's first game as Blues' boss is Saturday's Birmingham derby at Aston Villa.

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