Harry Redknapp admits he has not signed a Birmingham contract

Birmingham City have announced Harry Redknapp as their new manager.

Redknapp's most recent managerial role was taking charge of two matches for Middle Eastern country Jordan, but made his name in management as boss of Bournemouth, West Ham Southampton and Portsmouth.

Three games to go and only three points above the drop, the Blues now turn to the ultimate "name" in Harry Redknapp.

Following the 70-year-old's appointment, Birmingham also confirmed the departure of several of Gianfranco Zola's backroom staff, with Pierluigi Casiraghi, Gabriele Cioffi, Andrea Caronti and Sebastiano Porcu all leaving the club.

Redknapp, appointed 16 hours after Gianfranco Zola resigned on Monday, has secured four points from his first three games in charge three times in his career.

Redknapp has been without a job since his freaky two-game spell as Jordan manager past year, before which he was in charge of QPR for three seasons.

"If I can keep them up, next year would be something I'd really fancy", he added.

Under Zola, Birmingham won just two of 24 games.

"Players don't need telling they are rubbish - they need to be given some sort of confidence".

It's unknown whether Redknapp's contract is until the end of the season, or longer.

"I got fed up sitting around doing nothing".

He was also sacked by Serie A side Cagliari after just 10 matches in charge in 2015 after failing to lift them out of the relegation zone. "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", Redknapp said on Wednesday.

They are in 20th position and play Aston Villa on Sunday.

"I feel very bad and very sorry".

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

  • Julie Sanders