New Birmingham boss Redknapp: I took job after 10min meeting

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.

Redknapp has been involved in football since 1958, and has managed Bournemouth, West Ham, Southampton, Tottenham, QPR and Jordan, and has also taken in two stints at Portsmouth, where he won the FA Cup.

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

Zola was appointed by Birmingham's owners, Chinese firm Trillion Trophy Asia Limited, two days after the departure of Rowett, with the club lying seventh in the table. I haven't got a magic wand they're not going to turn into Real Madrid or anything. I'll live up there until the end of the season, and if I keep them up I'll sit down and talk about next season.

After his first training session, Redknapp said: "Birmingham are not a team that I've seen much of".

Redknapp said: "You could put Fergie in the same position and he's not going to suddenly come in and make these players play like Manchester United".

"It is a challenge, it is a good club". He last worked in English football with Derby County as an advisor.

"I drove to London and had a meeting of about 10 to 15 minutes with them and said: 'I'll come and do it'".

Birmingham are away at Villa then home to Huddersfield, before ending away at relegation strugglers Bristol City.

His first match as manager comes at cross-city rivals Aston Villa on Sunday. It is not that I like quitting but I feel like this club deserves the best chance.If I feel I can't help the team it is better that I leave someone else to do that. I thought the back three - John Brayford, Ben Turner and Kyle McFadden - were outstanding.

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