Redknapp to lead Birmingham City

Ross Houston
April 19, 2017

"I got fed up sitting around doing nothing", Redknapp said about his decision to get back into soccer. 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.

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

His first game in charge of the central England club will be at local rivals Aston Villa on Sunday. They are in a precarious position and we have got the worst goal difference as well.

"I got a phone call last night from the people at Birmingham".

Redknapp's last job in English football came at Derby last season, when he worked as a football advisor alongside then-manager Darren Wassall.

"I went in there and said, "I don't want anything, but I'll come and do it".

Under Zola, Birmingham won just two of 24 games.

The ex-West Ham, Tottenham and QPR boss succeeds Gianfranco Zola, who resigned earlier this week after a 2-0 defeat by fellow Championship strugglers Burton Albion.

Harry Redknapp has said he faces "a big challenge" to keep Birmingham City in the Championship.

Birmingham are 20th in the table, three points above the relegation zone with three games left, after a run of just two wins in 22 league games under Zola. I drove to London, had a meeting for 10 to 15 minutes, sat down and said, "Yeah, I will do it, no problem". The money I am not interested in'.

New Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp. "I haven't seen them play, I will be truthful with you", he said.

He took charge of Jordan for two World Cup qualifiers previous year, and worked as an adviser to Derby County last season, but has not managed in England since leaving QPR in February 2015. "It was a shock, he has taken it to the end of the season". "Villa away, Huddersfield, who are one of the best three teams in the division, Bristol City, who are pulling away, so they couldn't be much tougher". "If Harry can win that one, the Birmingham fans will be looking to get him tied down immediately".

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