Former Southampton And Portsmouth Manager Harry Redknapp Named As Birmingham Boss

Birmingham City have appointed Harry Redknapp as their new manager, the club has announced.

Sitting just three points clear of the relegation zone, Blues face bitter rivals Aston Villa this weekend before playing Huddersfield Town and Bristol City.

"Birmingham are a team I've not see much of, seen nothing of really, they've not been on TV much this year", he said, after returning to club management for the first time in over two years.

Redknapp said: "It's a real challenge".

"I will come and live up here until the end of the season", added Redknapp, whose home is in Poole on England's south coast.

The 70-year-old Englishman's appointment comes 16 hours after Zola resigned following a 2-0 defeat by Burton Albion.

'It is not that I like quitting, but Birmingham deserves better.

"I haven't signed a contract".

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

"It's a big club, a challenge, a big challenge". They're the only ones who can get us out of it.

"I've gone in there and said, "listen, I don't want nothing, I will come and do it". The money I am not interested in".

Birmingham is three points above the relegation zone in English football's second tier having been in play-off contention when Zola controversially succeeded Gary Rowett.

"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". Everybody I know thinks I'm mad.

Steve Cotterill will also be part of the backroom staff.

"We're going to have to win one of the three games at least".

But the change of manager baffled many supporters - and results on the pitch have done nothing to win them over.

"I got a phone call last night from the people at Birmingham".

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