Harry Redknapp confirmed as Birmingham's new coach

Redknapp replaced Gianfranco Zola, the former Italy forward who resigned on Monday with Birmingham just three points above the League Championship relegation zone with three games remaining.

Harry Redknapp says his wife questioned him for accepting the manager's position at Birmingham City.

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

The club confirms the appointment of Redknapp who is the oldest manager in the EFL at the age of 70.

Two wins in 24 games later and Zola resigned yesterday after losing 2-0 at home to relegation rivals Burton.

Birmingham find themselves two places and three points above the drop zone with three matches left of the 2016/17 campaign and, when asked what on Earth had possessed him to accept the club's offer, Redknapp admitted that the opportunity to keep the club up would save him from boredom!

Redknapp has enjoyed notable success as a manager at AFC Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur and QPR.

'I went in there and said I don't want anything but I'll come and do it. "I haven't seen them play, I will be truthful with you", he said.

An FA Cup victor with Portsmouth in 2008, he led Tottenham to the Champions League quarter-finals during a four-year spell at White Hart Lane. "I drove to London and had a 10-15 minute meeting with them and said "sure I'll come and do it".

"I got fed up sitting around doing nothing. The money I am not interested in". "If I can get them going and get a bit of belief back in and pick up a win or whatever we need to stay up, that's all I can do". "It gets me out the house!"

He took charge of Jordan for two World Cup qualifiers past year, and worked as an adviser to Derby County last season. "I chose to give in my resignation". Unfortunately the results have not been good and I take full responsibility.

'It is not that I like quitting, but Birmingham deserves better.

They then host fourth-placed Huddersfield Town before travelling to fellow strugglers Bristol City on the final day of the season on May 7.

  • Salvatore Jensen