Former Southampton And Portsmouth Manager Harry Redknapp Named As Birmingham Boss

Harry Redknapp begins work as Birmingham's new manager today and has not ruled out staying at the club beyond the end of the season.

Monday's 2-0 home defeat by Burton left them 20th, and only three points above the drop zone.

Zola managed a run of just two wins from 24 fixtures after replacing Gary Rowett, who was sacked despite having the club fighting for the playoffs.

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

His first game in as City boss is on Sunday lunchtime against bitter rivals Aston Villa in a Midlands derby at Villa Park.

"The lows of losing against Aston Villa on Sunday will be horrendous but if we win I will be singing in the auto all the way home".

Redknapp said the appointment is until the end of the season but if the Blues avoid relegation then he and the club will talk again.

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"It is not that I like quitting, but Birmingham deserves better". If I can not help the team, it is better I leave and let someone else do that.

'I feel very bad and very sorry.

Redknapp's brief does not now extend beyond ensuring safety, but if he can achieve that, next season is an enticing prospect for the former West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham boss.

Blues could be in the relegation zone by the time Redknapp takes charge of his first match.

Redknapp has guided teams to the promised land of the Premier League on two occasions and Birmingham fans will be hopeful his nous can help their side get over the line. We worked with a lot of meaning, but unfortunately it didn't produce the results.

After facing Villa, Blues host promotion-chasing Huddersfield Town before visiting Bristol City on the final day of the regular season.

"It was something I thought "I'll have a go at that".

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