Former Tottenham boss appointed Birmingham City manager

Paola Ditto
Aprile 20, 2017

Redknapp was appointed just 16 hours after Gianfranco Zola's resignation, with the club in 20th place in the Sky Bet Championship and just three points clear of the relegation zone.

Redknapp was as short as 4/5 with the bookies moments before his appointment as manager till the end of the season with his first game in charge being against rivals Aston Villa on 23rd April.

However, Redknapp has not managed in England since leaving QPR in February 2015.

Now, less than 24 hours later, Birmingham have named their third manager of the season in Redknapp, 70, who was last seen managing the Jordan national team - for two games - past year.

Redknapp is due to meet the squad tomorrow before being unveiled as Birmingham's new manager in a press conference at 230pm at St Andrew's.

Gianfranco Zola took full responsibility for failing as Birmingham manager after resigning from his role following Monday's 2-0 home loss to Burton.

It continued: 'We believe that under the leadership of Redknapp, Blues will enhance their strength and create achievement'.

The 50-year-old Italian, who took up the reins in December following the controversial sacking of Gary Rowett, faced the media after the match to express his sorrow that he could not fulfil the club's expectations.

'There was nothing to sign in all honesty, ' Redknapp told talkSport.

"I got a phone call about 7 o'clock at night and was asked if I'd come and have a meeting with representatives from Birmingham", Redknapp said at his first official news conference.

Zola, in his third management spell in England after stints at West Ham and Watford, added: "If I feel I can not help the players, why stay?" My wife said 'Are you mad?'.

"Birmingham is a proper club".

"They've got us in it, they've got to get us out of it!"

"I went in there and said I don't want anything but I'll come and do it. The money I am not interested in". "If we hadn't made the play-offs, I wouldn't have got paid anything". 'He's one of the top coaches I have worked with. We will give it everything we have got it, we will throw ourselves into it, and hopefully we will get the win or whatever we need to stay up.

"I was anxious how I was going to find a centre half amongst the jockeys with them all being so small".

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