Redknapp named new Birmingham City manager

Veteran English manager Harry Redknapp has replaced Gianfranco Zola as the boss of Birmingham City, the struggling Championship club announced Tuesday.

Redknapp has had previous spells as The West Ham, Tottenham and QPR manager.

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!

The 50-year-old Zola was a controversial appointment by the Midlands club's Chinese owners after they sacked Gary Rowett, who had Birmingham well placed to challenge for a place in the play-offs, in December.

I know this isn't directly Newcastle United related but Harry Redknapp has had plenty to say about us over the years.

The Blues moved quick to replace Gianfranco Zola after he resigned as their head coach yesterday, taking with him a shocking record where he only won twice in 24 games. I got home and my wife said: 'are you mad!'

Redknapp has said he only has a contract for the remaining three games of this season and claims talks about extending his stay will only be held if he keeps them up.

They are in 20th position and play Aston Villa on Sunday. "I will come and live up here until the end of the season".

"It's my first day tomorrow and I get to meet the players".

"Birmingham is a proper club".

After leaving QPR in February 2015, Redknapp had a brief stint in charge of the Jordan national team and has also served in an advisory capacity at Derby County and with A-League club Central Coast Mariners.

Under Steve Bruce however, Villa have really picked up steam, and they now sit 11th in the Championship standings, after spending a large majority of the campaign in the bottom half of the table.

"I've gone in there said I will come and do it". For sure (I could stay), keeping them up is the key to it all, we have to make sure we stay in the league next year. They then host promotion contenders Huddersfield, and visit the similarly relegation-threatened Bristol City.

  • Julie Sanders