Harry Redknapp appointed Birmingham City manager

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 20, 2017

If Birmingham survive, Redknapp says he would be open to extending his stay.

"It's my first day tomorrow and I get to meet the players". It gets me out the house!

Birmingham is three points above the League Championship relegation zone with three games remaining after a disappointing run of results under Zola.

Gianfranco Zola resigned yesterday at the Championship club after overseeing a bad run of form that yielded only two wins in 22 games since taking over four months ago.

"I got a phone call last night at 7pm from the people of Birmingham", Redknapp told talkSPORT.

"I am sorry because I came here with a lot of expectations and the results haven't been good". I got home and my wife said: 'are you mad!'

"Teams find it hard to break us down if we do not help them, and we did not do that against Birmingham".

"It's a big club, a challenge, a big challenge". They're the only ones who can get us out of it.

"It was something I thought "I'll have a go at that". It wasn't a money deal for me, it was just a little challenge and getting me back in doing something I enjoy doing, being around footballers.

When predecessor Gary Rowett was sacked in December, Blues were seventh and only out of the play-off places only on goal difference.

Redknapp's first match in charge is away to Birmingham's fierce local rivals Aston Villa on Sunday lunchtime, with the teams clashing at Villa Park in the Second City derby.

He said: "They are three tough games".

"Steve Cotterill is going to come in with me". How he is not in work managing I don't know. He is one of the top coaches I have worked with. We're going to need a win.

"They've not been on TV much this year and I watch every game that's been on TV this year".

"If I can keep them up, next year would be something I'd really fancy", he added.

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