Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Harry Redknapp appointed Birmingham manager

Harry Redknapp appointed Birmingham manager

Veteran English manager Harry Redknapp has replaced Gianfranco Zola as the boss of Birmingham City, the struggling Championship club announced on Tuesday.

Gianfranco Zola stepped down yesterday (Monday) following his side's 2-0 home defeat to Burton Albion.

"Birmingham are a proper football club but they are in a precarious position", Redknapp, 70, told Talksport.

Gianfranco Zola resigned yesterday at the Championship club after overseeing a awful run of form that yielded only two wins in 22 games since taking over four months ago.

His last managerial role in England was at Queens Park Rangers, ending in February 2015.

It was with Portsmouth that Redknapp enjoyed arguably his greatest success when they won the 2008 FA Cup.

Redknapp is now listed as a director at non-league Wimborne Town, and a football consultant at Australian club Central Coast Mariners.

Redknapp also revealed that former Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill would assist him the final three games of the season.

He said: "I have watched every game Derby have played probably over the previous year and a half". I got a phone call last night from the people at Birmingham.

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

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 play Huddersfield before ending the season against fellow strugglers Bristol City.

"The other teams [near the relegation zone] are going to win some games, I've got no doubts about that", Redknapp said.

'It's not really a risk.

"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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