Birmingham City appoint Harry Redknapp as new manager after Gianfranco Zola resignation


Harry Redknapp, one of English soccer's most charismatic coaches, was back in management at age 70 on Tuesday when he was hired by relegation-threatened second-tier team Birmingham.

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

Now, less than 24 hours later, Birmingham have named their third manager of the season in Redknapp, 70, who was last seen managing the Jordan national team - for two games - a year ago.

Redknapp has also previously been awarded the Premier League manager of the year award whilst at Tottenham Hotspur for the success of the 2009/10 season. He replaces Zola, who won just twice in 22 league matches.

"Results unfortunately haven't been good and I take full responsibility for that".

Blues, who were seventh in December when Rowett was sacked, went on to win just two of their 24 matches during Zola's four-month tenure.

"I chose to do this".

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"It's not that I like quitting but I feel like this club deserves the best chance". And there will be plenty worrying after Redknapp admitted he knows very little of the team as he hasn't seen them play this season.

He added: "I said to them "if you don't make the play-offs, I don't want any money".

'I feel very bad and very sorry. We worked with a lot of meaning, but unfortunately it didn't produce the results.

If Birmingham survive, Redknapp says he would be open to extending his stay.

The south-coast club's first-ever appearance in the Premier League - they were relegated from the old First Division in 1983 - was later guaranteed after Huddersfield conceded a late equaliser at Pride Park.

Redknapp's first game on Sunday will be at local rival Aston Villa.

There is every chance they might not get another point this season and interesting to see what patter Redknapp comes out with, all the time grateful that he isn't at your club.