I've not seen Birmingham play this season, admits Redknapp

Paola Ditto
Aprile 21, 2017

Redknapp's appointment was announced just 16 hours after Zola's departure, and he says he will initially take charge until the end of the season.

Former Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Southampton and Portsmouth manager Redknapp will coach the strugglers for the last three games of the season.

Birmingham won only twice in 22 league games under his predecessor Gianfranco Zola, who resigned after a home defeat to Burton Albion on Monday.

Birmingham's season began promisingly under new Derby manager Gary Rowett, who had taken them into contention for promotion before unexpectedly being sacked and replaced by Zola.

"I've got to install some confidence in the players".

He said: "I could easily have said goodbye to it all but I love it".

"We need a win and a point", Redknapp told BBC Radio 5 live.

Zola, whose dazzling playing career has not been replicated as a manager, did not shirk his responsibility as he fronted up to the media post-match and accepted he had failed.

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

His first game in as City boss is on Sunday lunchtime against bitter rivals Aston Villa in a Midlands derby at Villa Park.

"I went in there and said, "I don't want anything, but I'll come and do it". "Birmingham are not a team I've seen much of because they've not been on TV much this year", he said.

'Birmingham is a proper club, a good club. It is three games in two weeks, massive games for us, it is a very hard situation we are in but I am looking forward to the challenge.

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