Harry Redknapp Appointed Birmingham Manager

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English Championship side Birmingham City have appointed Harry Redknapp as their new manager.

"The players have put in the club in the position they're in - you can blame who you like, they've obviously not performed", said the ex-Portsmouth, West Ham and Tottenham boss.

Redknapp, 70, has taken over from Gianfranco Zola with the club fifth from bottom in the Championship, just three points off the bottom three and facing Midlands rivals Aston Villa on Sunday.

Harry Redknapp believes Birmingham City "should be pushing to get back into the Premier League", after holding his first press conference at the club.

He took charge of Jordan for two World Cup qualifiers previous year, and worked as an adviser to Derby County last season.

Redknapp's last managerial role in England was at Queens Park Rangers, which he quit in February 2015 because he was about to undergo knee replacement surgery. "If I feel like I can not help these players why stay - it's better that I leave and let somebody else do that".

'I got a phone call last night from the people at Birmingham, ' the former Tottenham manager said.

If 22nd-placed Blackburn, who are at Wolves, and 21st-placed Nottingham Forest, who are at home to Reading, were both to win their respective games on Saturday, then there is trouble.

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

He added: "It's a real challenge". I will come and live up here until the end of the season and throw myself into it.

"It's not really a risk [for me]". I ain't got a magic wand.

"I was anxious how I was going to find a centre half amongst the jockeys with them all being so small".

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