Redknapp Replaces Zola As Birmingham City Manager

Birmingham have appointed former Tottenham and QPR manager Harry Redknapp as their new boss.

The Blues are three points clear of the drop zone with just three games left to play and are in need of a managerial bounce to retain their Championship status following Gianfranco Zola's disastrous spell in charge.

Redknapp's contract is understood to be until the end of the season, with talks planned over a longer-term deal should they avoid relegation.

"I haven't got a magic wand". I am sorry because I came to Birmingham with huge expectations.

Birmingham carry all the hallmarks of a club intent on self-destruction, making weird managerial decisions that make no sense - something that Newcastle fans can definitely identify with during the Mike Ashley years.

"I said, "I'm at home at the moment", and they said, 'can you get to London?' So I drove up two and a half hours to London, met up at half nine and by quarter to ten, ten o'clock I had no hesitation".

He said: "I could easily have said goodbye to it all but I love it".

Redknapp has agreed to replace Gianfranco Zola, who resigned on Monday (18 April). He last worked in English football with Derby as an advisor.

Redknapp's brief does not now extend beyond securing Birmingham's second-tier survival but if he can achieve that aim, he could be convinced to remain in charge for a crack at promotion to the Premier League.

"I am sure that he will keep them up", said the Scot, 58.

You know things must be really bad at Birmingham as with three games to go they have turned to 'Arry. "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 host promotion contenders Huddersfield, and visit the similarly relegation-threatened Bristol City.

"That's his first game", McLeish added. "So it is another big game this weekend coming up and if Harry can win that one, the Birmingham fans will be looking to get him tied down immediately".

Redknapp arguably enjoyed his most successfull stint as a manager when he was in charge ot Tottenham Hotspur between 2008-2012 when he had Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael Van Der Vaart in his team.

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