Harry's back! Birmingham City turn to Redknapp as their new manager

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 21, 2017

Birmingham City have announced Harry Redknapp as their new manager.

He has previously been in charge of Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth - where he won the FA Cup in 2008 - and Southampton.

Gianfranco Zola stepped down yesterday (Monday) following his side's 2-0 home defeat to Burton Albion.

The club are 20th in the Championship table, three points above the relegation zone, and Redknapp told a news conference: "It was something I thought I'll have a go at".

The 70-year-old, who has managed seven English clubs and overseen a total of 1380 League fixtures, is still brimming with enthusiasm.

Steve Cotterill will be his assistant while Redknapp also confirmed the initial deal is until the end of the season before possible talks in the summer over extending it.

"One thing we spoke about afterwards is it's a wonderful achievement, particularly after last season, to get promotion".

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.

His last foray into management was a two-match spell in charge of the Jordan national team in March previous year. It is my first day, I will meet the lads, I haven't seen them play, I haven't got a magic wand, that's for the sure. I am sorry because I came to Birmingham with huge expectations.

Redknapp's first game on Sunday will be at local rival Aston Villa.

"It's a big club, a challenge, a big challenge. They're always hard, but I'm ready for it". I drove to London, had a meeting for 10 to 15 minutes, sat down and said, 'Yeah, I will do it, no problem.' I got home and my wife said: "'Are you mad?'" "The club's position is not secure and they are frustrated and I can understand their feelings".

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