Harry Redknapp appointed Birmingham City manager


Four points will be enough for Birmingham City to maintain their Championship status, says new manager Harry Redknapp.

He takes over from Gianfranco Zola, who resigned as manger on Monday after losing 2-0 to another, Championship relegation threatened side, Burton Albion.

He also worked with the Jordan national team for two games, but was last a manager in England with QPR, who he left in 2015 after guiding them to promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt.

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

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

The Blues have picked up just 16 points out of a possible 66 in Zola's time in charge.

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

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Zola, in his third management spell in England after stints at West Ham and Watford, added: "If I feel I can not help the players, why stay?"

But the change of manager baffled many supporters - and results on the pitch have done nothing to win them over. If I can not help the team, it is better I leave and let someone else do that.

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. "I feel very sorry.it is very, very disappointing" added the Italian.

He said: "They are three tough games".

Should Blackburn and Nottingham Forest both win on Saturday, Birmingham would slip into the bottom three before Redknapp's first match in charge, which is a trip to local rivals Villa on Sunday.

"I could easily have said goodbye to it all but I love it". We knew we required a result and the way we went about it was full of character and honesty, which the players have in abundance.