Harry Redknapp appointed Birmingham City manager
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 20:29
Four months and just two wins later, Birmingham are now three points outside the relegation zone. I will come and live up here until the end of the season and throw myself into it. "I'm sure they'll will be up for Sunday's game and we need points".
"I got fed up sitting around doing nothing", Redknapp told Talksport Radio on Tuesday. "It's not a massive one, but I said "if I don't keep you up, I don't want paying".
Birmingham carry all the hallmarks of a club intent on self-destruction, making freaky managerial decisions that make no sense - something that Newcastle fans can definitely identify with during the Mike Ashley years.
It is a challenge, it is a good club.
"It was something I thought "I'll have a go at that". I wasn't interested in the money.
The club have now confirmed that Redknapp, who at the age of 70 is the oldest manager in the EFL, has replaced Zola, who won just twice in 22 league matches. A 2-0 loss to Burton on Monday was the trigger for Zola to quit.
He also worked with the Jordan national team for two games, but was last a manager in England with QPR, who he left in 2015 after guiding them to promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Zola had controversially replaced Gary Rowett and Birmingham City's subsequent downturn in form sees them now in 20th place, just three points above the relegation zone. "The club's position is not secure and they are frustrated and I can understand their feelings. It was a shock, he has taken it to the end of the season".
Zola, whose dazzling playing career has not been replicated as a manager, did not shirk his responsibility as he fronted up to the media post-match and accepted he had failed. They then play Huddersfield before ending the season against fellow strugglers Bristol City.
"We were nervous going into the game and it was so important getting the first goal".